My mom was diagnosed with stage IIIb squamous cell nsclc in 2006 (age 72 then). After one round of chemo, she progressed to stage iv in 2010 and has been stable since, with two more rounds of chemo and, most recently, nine months of weekly navelbine, which she tolerated well. Slight progression in the last couple of scans, until about a month ago, when she began to lose weight and experience extreme fatigue, intractable nausea (with little vomiting), left-sided weakness, and some confusion. She was admitted two weeks ago and MRI of the brain showed two "medium sized" lesions and at least a couple of "tiny ones." She's being treated with WBR (10 treatments), and, after a week in acute care, was moved to a rehab facility to try to gain some strength back. (She hasn't been able to get out of bed by herself for two weeks.)
My question is what to expect - I know what the median life expectancy is but also that those are just numbers and not actual people. But her continued fatigue and confusion don't seem to bode well. I just want to try to be prepared.