The 83 y.o. woman is my grandmother. She was diagnosed w/ lung cancer about 6 months ago after she fell and hurt one of her ribs. Needless to say, after all of the PET Scans and CT Scans, the oncologist determined that she had Grade 3 lung cancer in her lower Rt. lobe and a small tumor in one of her brochioles. Other than that, the cancer had not metastasized. Because of her age, and the fact that she has Reumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, they decided not to put her through surgery. For several months she was recieving chemotherapy once a week and radiation every day for 15 minutes at a time. About a month ago she finished the treatments. During the tx my grandmother was not experiancing any of the side-effects associated with the chemo and radiation. Honestly, we were all hoping that maybe she wouldn't have any side effects at all. Then suddenly, about 3 weeks ago she started feeling very ill. Everything from nausea and vomitting, to anxiety and extremely high heart rate, she has. Her weight has decreased from about 97lbs to 74lbs in that little bit of time. My grandmother says that it is because of her heart problems she was having. Well, the oncologist has her on many different meds for all sorts of symptoms. They even started her on that one med that has the same ingrediant as marijuana. Sorry, I can't remember the name.
Basically, I wanted to know if it is normal for her to be going through all of this. Also, how long will it last? What can I do to make her feel better? and my big question is, what are her chances of surviving lung cancer? Please be honest. If I couldn't handle the truth I would not ask.
Yes, my grandmother is a smoker. And I say is, b/c she still has not stopped smoking. Everytime I talk to her about it she tells me that she isn't ready but that she has cut down a lot. As much as I pray that my grandmother will quit, I do understand why she hasn't. After smoking ever since she was 14y.o. and suddnely being asked to stop, would be hard for anyone, let alone someone going through what she is going through. The part that makes me pset is that I am the only one asking her to even think about quitting. Her bestfriend, who is also her roommate, tells her she doesn't have to do anything that she doesn't want to, and the oncologist asked once and then, suposedly, nev mentioned it again. Is it hopeless? Should I not mention it either?
I know my grandmother is not going to live forever and I don't want her to suffer, but I am just not ready to say goodbye, yet.