Hi everyone, it's great to find a forum to share and receive support. My beloved brother has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which has spread to his liver. He has just turned 50 and had been visiting his GP since December with a persistent cough for the previous 6 months before his diagnosis when he was finally admitted to hospital for treatment of Pneumonia.
He has been treated with four sessions of chemo which in fairness he tolerated reasonably well up until his last session where he became really unwell and required admission for rehydration. However since this time his mood has dropped significantly, he is acknowledging how his life has changed in such a short period of time and is finding it extremely difficult to maintain any hope that his quality of life will improve to any degree.
The worse symptom for him at the moment is his persistent cough which is often but not always triggered when he eats. Subsequently he is now reluctant to go out to eat for fear of this. He has been prescribed Oramorph which he reports is not helping. I wondered if anyone has experience something similar but has found something that successfully worked to significantly reduce this??
On a positive note he has been informed that his tumours have shrunk following his chemo. He is due to have radiotherapy on his brain in the next fortnight. I would be grateful to know others experience of the same to pass onto him.