Hi, my dad is 76 and was only diagnosed in May, he had been complaining of pains in his shoulder for a few months and then started struggling with his breathing which finally prompted him to go to the GP. I think my dad has known for while that he may have something serious but was full time carer for my mum who sadly passed away in January.
My dad spent 3 weeks in hospital where they put a chest drain in and did pleuradysis procedure.
They also discovered dad has tumours in his bowel/colon.
He has been told that he is too frail for treatment so now looking at quality of life and making him comfortable but he seems to have given up.
He has lost so much weight but is not interested in eating the nuticrem prescribed, he struggles to eat much at all and seems to be sleeping in the day and not at night. He gets really short tempered with everyone too which i find really hard because we all just trying to help him.
We have so far had very little support from the community nursing team and feel like i'm constantly ringing the specialist lung cancer nurse at the hospital for advice.
Just wondering if he is showing signs that he is coming to the end of life, or whether this is all normal after receiving a terminal diagnosis?