A dear friend of mine mum recently diagnosed and I am concerned as she is that there has been so support for her mum or her with regards to the shocking news of cancer of her right lung, a spot on her liver and her lymph. I find this shocking. The consultants just want to take biopsies and do PET scans but on trying to take a biopsy of her lung they couldn't and they just caused a lot of pain and blood and now continued suffering. I have a few questions a) why is she not being offered any emotional support? b) is this normal to cause the tumours to bleed and could this have done some damage? c) What other scans can be used? (CT showed the cancer and we are unsure why they need to do a PET - which by the way was not done because it works with glucose and we know cancer feeds on sugar, why not an MRI for instance? Finally, she has had terrible pain in her right side of her head and is convinced the cancer is in the brain, yet no one is taking her seriously. There seems to be a lack of communication, care or urgency and when pushed doctors told the daughter they thought a case of months not years, which considering they are yet to determine stage or full extent seems really negative and not helpful. She is under local hospital but at the moment doesn't even have a consultant or anyone contact per se with a meeting on 8th May. Daughter told me she's been slurring a little and I know from experience of friends many people can have strokes associated with cancer. I am a cancer patient myself and I have advised she get in touch with a top London cancer hospital as for me local ones here in Surrey are awful and the care is 2nd class. Any advice greatly appreciated, sorry for the essay. Thanks, Louise x
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