After several test and a bronchial surgery with needle biopsy of several lymph nodes that lit up on his chest CT and PET scan, his thoracic surgeon has confirmed this is lung cancer ( lower right lobe, initially 3.5 cm, 6 weeks ago) and now after 6 weeks of testing, it has spread to several nodes in the chest as well as the stomach. He also has several nodules in his left lung that are small and haven't been mentioned as cancerous as of yet. We have an appointment with her team this coming Wednesday to discuss type, prognosis, treatment options, and staging. I am so scared!
To add to the stress, his wife is in heart failure, drugs have been a huge part of their lives ( and I'm sure they are still using) , they are living in a hotel because I would only allow him to live in my home, and I am the only child out of 5 that can, is able, and willing to care for him. He has worked with the same company for 40 years, but unfortunately, has no insurance at all. He is 57 and is otherwise in good health. Of course he doesn't have a regular PCP to do well checks. ( this was initially found due to some dizziness that landed him in the ER)
He is also considering "other options" instead of chemo and radiation, which the dr has already said would be recommended starting Wednesday. He watched his mother suffer when he was a child and I know that traumatized him. I don't have much support with this because of the life my daddy has led, but the way I see it is he is STILL my daddy and I'll be here to fight along side him, and fight for him when he is unable.
Any and all advice is welcome and appreciated! I definitely need to get all the support I can! I really don't know where to start to be honest..
Thank you all so much! Keep fighting the good fight!