A brief history of my dad 55 years old nsclc diagnosis
Dad dx stage 3b feb 2012 squamous nsclc
Sep 2012 Tumour shrinkage 80%
April 2013 Tumour growing
October 2013 chemo
Next scan tumour stable
Jan 2014 dx collapsed lung and fluid
June 2014 dx angina
Feb 2015 dx 2 mets to brain now stage 4
March 2015 20gy wbr for 5 days
Dad finished wbr on the 22nd March, he has many the same symptoms as he did before he started- nausea, loss off appetite, extreme fatigue and just generally not feeling well.
One of the things that has got worse in the last few months is his cough, he has major coughing fits and coughs a lot. He has fluid that has never been drained or treated. His last chemo was in October 2013.
He takes meds for his angina- statins, aspirin and beta blockers. As well as 4mg steroids and anti sickeness for brain mets.
Dad is seeing onc on Thursday, he hasn't had a scan yet to see if wbr has done anything. I just want my dad to get the most from his appointment- ask the right questions etc
Dad has limited knowledge on drugs and chemo etc should he be asking about a certain treatment? Why would it be my dad has had no treatment for the fluid and what could be done?
Dads primary tumour has progressed slightly tho last few scans regarded as stable despite growth- considering all my dads other health concerns what would be a good next step.
I understand the importance of being an advocate for your own health and I just want my dad to have the best chance and knowledge to do this as I am sure more could have or can be done.