My wife has NSCLC (stage 4). Over the last 2 yrs. she's had chemo, a lobectomy and radiation. Her pain remains an issue, but her shortness of breath is the real culprit. She's had several thoracenteses , but each treatment causes her severe pain. BTW, I'm already discussing the Thora. problems on another forum.
I think she's very depressed and is considering stopping all treatment. She tried a therapist but doesn't like to talk about it since "it stirs up my emotions too much". She tried an antidepressant for 2 weeks but stopped since "it wasn't working", even though the doctor told her that it would take about one month to begin being effective.
She's terribly stubborn and very withheld with her emotions. Getting her to open up is extremely difficult, for anyone.
I'm at my wits end and don't know what to do.
Thanks very much.