As a bit of background, My dad was diagnosed with stage 2 nsclc on 20 June and is due to go for a lobectomy on 24 July. The surgeon has explained he has to take a look with a camera first before committing to the full surgery as he needs to know if the fluid showing on his lung contains cancer cells ( in which case it becomes stage 4 and inoperable ). My question is about the possibility of a linked condition. My dad hasn't really presented any lung cancer symptoms and has always been a non smoker. About 5 months ago he started to experience hand tremors and dizziness along with mood changes ( which he thought was depression). His gp put him on anti depressants but the diizziness got worse so they were changed and then ceased as the dizziness remained. We began to suspect the onset of Parkinson's as the tremors in both hands have got gradually worse and he is constantly bothered by the dizziness. The gp ordered a routine chest x ray as he had never had one, and this is how the lung cancer was found. My dad had a distressing episode this afternoon, where he went very faint, dizzy and disoriented and after a trip to a&e which revealed no problems with his heart, stroke etc, I have begun to look into what could be causing these seemingly non cancer related symptoms. He is finding the constant dizziness very distressing, but the gp is focussing on the lung cancer and treating all this as unrelated. I know I shouldn't google, but I have stumbled across this paraneoplastic syndrome, which does seem to give a possible explanation for his symptoms. Everything I have read says early diagnoss is paramount to successful treatment or management, but my brother and I are a bit lost on what you do with potential information, do we ask the Macmillan support nurse, the gp ? does anyone know anything about this or have any advice on how to raise possible conditions with the medical team? Part of me feels like I am interfering with edical experts but a big part of me is desperate to do something to help him as he is so distressed by both the cancer diagnosis and these other symptoms. Thanks to anyone who reads this x
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