Good morning all,
My 85 year old sister had a video assisted thorascoscopy on March 7th after having a malignant pleural effusion drained once before. An extensive tumor at the base of the left pleural space was discovered with bleeding into her diaphragm - they removed the spleen, repaired her diaphragm and sent tissue samples once again to pathology for molecular analysis (the first time around they weren't able to collect enough samples). Her left lung was greatly reduced in size due to the pleural effusion compressing it.
Today is the 19th of March and we still have no results on the molecular analysis for hopefully identifying a targeted therapy. Can't believe it is taking so long. She is now in a wheel chair at home with 24 hour care. She is very scared, has lost her appetite and feels nauseous all the time and just doesn't feel good. We don't want her to give up. She cannot start any treatment until the results of the genetic test to identify possible markers. Is it normal for it to take such a long time for these results?
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!