I was dx in Dec. 2013 with stage IV NSCLC. I was told after a VATS surgery that I was inoperable but if I had a gene mutation I could take an oral targeted therapy that would give me more time.
My first oncologist was a very upbeat, cheerleader type, always giving a thumbs up and rushing me through appointments if I ask for more information. I got a second opinion and transferred my care to a doctor that does research, only treats LC, teaches and brings a lot of trials into the cancer center that he is affiliated with. He is much more straight forward and doesn't sugar coat what he tells me. I am also a recently licensed R.N., so I know my prognosis and keep up with new treatments.
My question for this group is would you rather not know too much or would you rather be reminded that the goal is time not cure?