This is my first post. My 79-year-old husband was diagnosed with terminal, inoperable small cell lung cancer almost 2 weeks ago. The prognosis is 50/50 chance of a year, highly unlikely two. The tumour is very large and pressing on his windpipe and oesophagus, so he has had trouble eating and breathing. He was blue-lighted in to hospital early hours on Sunday morning due to the pain and breathlesness and we have been there ever since (luckily I have been able to stay with him.) He has been pretty poorly but was assessed by the oncologist to be OK to start his chemo this last Tuesday. He has Carboplatin & Etoposide. He has been told that this treatment is palliative and for symptomatic relief only, but that this type of tumour does respond well to chemo. We are due to be sent home on Monday as, apart from infected fluid on his lung which they are treating with IV antibiotics at the moment (we will go home with oral ones, I guess.)
I was just wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this type of cancer and/or the same chemotherapy? My husband has been feeling OK on it, feeling very weak at the moment but still retains his sense of humour, alongside the obvious fear of what might happen in the future. The anti-sickness treatment must be working, as he hasn't felt sick at all and his appetite seems ok. I am really looking forward to getting him home despite having to sort out downstairs living and being a bit worried about coping without the nurses! I do have a young teenage daughter who is feeling the strain a bit too, as she is having to stay with my mum while I stay in hospital.
I look forward to hearing of your experiences. My hubby is still a little in denial and is hoping to plan a holiday (maybe a cruise round the UK) in the near future, but I just have no idea whether anything like that will be possible.