My papa was diagnosed with lung cancer last week, and the specialist said he has adenicarcinoma with a malignant pleural effusion.....I'm looking up information, and all of it is so foreign to me....I can't make heads or tails of it :( I'm so worried about papa, and from all I've read, life expectancy is around 6 months or so with this type of cancer...he's almost 82, so honestly I don't know how long he can hold on....he hasn't even started chemo yet and he's already barely eating and dropping weight. :cry: Have you ever experienced this or known someone who has? I don't even know where to start looking for info...there's so much out there. Ugh.
My dad had lung cancer, I'm unsure of the actual specifics as far as the type, but it spread fast, even with chemo. He passed away 6 months after his initial diagnosis.
I'm sorry your papa is going through this, my thoughts are with you and your family.
My dad had stage four long cancer. His life expectancy was six months from diagnosis! He actually lived a little over a year and a half! It's spread completely through his body, and went through his spinal column and that's what did him over! If you ever need to talk I'm here to listen
My pawpaw was told after his initial diagnosis that he was expected to have 3-6 months without treatment and 6 months to a year with. He died 2 weeks later. :( I'm sure that isn't what you want to hear, just know that every case is different. My thoughts are with you and your family.
My Mom was diagnosed in April 2011 with stage 3 lung cancer. She did chemo and radiation. I believe it was September that the doctors told her she was in remission and by October the cancer had moved ti her brain. She passed away December of the same year. From what I remember her cancer doc saying is that lung cancer has a high chance of it spreading to the brain. When they did the PET scan, that tild her she was in remission, never scanned her brain.
Let me know if you have any other questions. I will try to help you. Good luck!
I just looked up the words in my medical terminology book:
Malignant: capable of invasion and spread to other sites
Pleural effusion:an effusion is the escape of fluid from blood vessels or lymphatics into a cavity or into tissue spaces
Adenocarcinoma:derived from mucus secreting cells adeno=gland carcino=cancerous; cancer oma=tumor, mass;fluid collection
Hope this helps!!!
:( Thank you for your answers guys...I'm so sorry for your losses. Honestly...I don't think my papa will make it very long, things are already so bad, I don't see how they could...and really, I don't to see him suffer, so I just don't know how to feel. It's so hard....