Today I have found out my mums lung cancer has returned after 3 years of having a right lobectomy, with no follow up.
She had an X-ray last September due to pain which she was told she had pleurisy. She then attended her routine cancer check up and was told no changes.
In January she was unwell and treated for chest infection with antibiotics, had 2 courses. Felt better in Feb but then in March very breathless. Went to respiratory nurse who referred to GP and she was started on steroid inhaler. Still no better and a month later mum went back to GP and he sent for XRay, end of April.
GP got results and referred mum under 2 week rule to respiratory clinc.
CT scan showed thickening of pleura and a pulmonary embolism. Treated with Clexane at present.
Had biopsy done last Wednesday and she has appt on Friday to be told results. I was told them today as I had got my mums respiratory doctor to refer my mum to a professor in Liverpool whom has been excellent. He emailed today and I called him.
He ordered tests from my mums previous tumour that was removed for genetic mutation testing, still waiting these results.
So here we are on the journey again, but this time stage 4 as last time it was stage 1b.
I find it hard to believe there was nothing on the X-rays in September or why didn't the GP do an X-ray in January when she was very unwell.
Treatment option is chemotherapy, not sure what type yet until we go and see oncologist on 10 June.
My mum doesn't know her results yet, though I know she suspects the cancer has returned. I will be with her this Friday when they tell her.
Has anybody on here had chemo for stage 4 lung cancer? How long is treatment for?
I lost my dad when he was 58 to lung cancer, my mum is 72 and due to get married to her partner of 30 years in October.
Thinking of all of you on this journey.