About month ago my mom (66) lost sight in her eye. She ended up at a local hospital or ER, got a brain MRI, and the doctor came in and told her she "had 2-4 weeks, would you like a pastor?" She was in excellent health days before, running around the yard with my daughters
She was admitted to the hospital for further diagnosis. I understand it is Stage IV NSCLC with brain mets for sure, one lesion is on the pons. She is not EFGR positive. There are too many lesions to treat with the gamma knife(?), so she immediately had whole brain radiation and started on taxol. She's had a taxol+(something I can't remember) infusions each week for the past 3 weeks and 2 weeks of radiation (10 treatments).
Her eyesight is coming back. She's gained 8lbs in the last 2 weeks (after losing a lot of weight in the first 2).
Next week she will have alimta/carboplat to be continued every 3 weeks, henceforth.
My parents do not want to pursue 2nd opinions, and I am confident in the diagnosis, and the treatment plan seems consistent with others I have read about online. My parents do not want more information, they just want to fight the cancer.
1. Her oncologist I talked to at the hospital, after the cat scan of her body (following after the original brain MRI at the other place) said: A few lymph nodes in the chest, some spots on her pelvis bones looked abnormal--I interpreted this as bone and lymph metastasis--indicating cancer in each critical third of her body--head, thoracic, below the waist. He told us 4-6 months.
2. Upon further review, we got the NSCLC Adenoc. diagnoses, with brain mets. 12 months, 2 years at the very maximum (miracle would be 24 months).
I am on the HIPPA list for her oncologist, so I can get any information released to me. I just do not know what to ask for, or if any of it is of any use for us to know. I want her to see real hope in my eyes, but it's tough. What other information should I ask of her oncologist?