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Lung cancer

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BroomHandledMouser Tue 31-Oct-17 07:33:17

My lovely nana has been diagnosed with lung cancer yesterday. To say we're all heartbroken is an understatement. She is the most amazing woman and I can't believe this is happening to be honest.

My mum was saying that they couldn't do a biopsy because it was too dangerous. So how can they know it's lung cancer? What do they mean too dangerous? Because of it's position or something?

So sorry for the questions, my head is spinning at the minute and I didn't know if anyone could help me.

Babyroobs Tue 31-Oct-17 23:48:51

Sorry to hear what you are going through. Yes it may be too dangerous to biopsy as the tumour may be close to blood vessels. They can tell by scans or xrays they just wont know the exact type of cancer they are dealing with.

ILoveDolly Wed 01-Nov-17 22:53:31

There are quite a few different types of tests they can do, scans, blood tests etc that would show up a cancer.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sat 04-Nov-17 22:35:27

DH has lung cancer. His tumour is wrapped around the top of his aorta and round his pulmonary artery apparently so the biopsy was inconclusive as to whether it has spread, because they couldn't get at it properly without risking complications.

He is having an EBUS tomorrow where they go in through the neck - is this something your nan's specialist is considering too?

I understand completely how you are feeling, I am devastated and telling our boys was the hardest thing we have ever done. Hopefully this new test (which is carried out under general anaesthetic) will show it's not spread and they can operate and remove the tumour, and shrink what's left with radiotherapy. It's a whole new language to learn, and an emotional minefield. DH swings from optimism to talking about his funeral and crying because he thinks he has let me down by getting sick. I don't feel grown up enough to cope with this but I need to stay strong for him and the boys.

KitschNCabernet Tue 07-Nov-17 23:28:36

May I join in?
flowers to all dealing with this. DH was diagnosed with lung cancer in June and we have been struggling with treatment since then. There's a lot to learn, and so much uncertainty, and no 2 cases are the same so comparisons are of limited use.
Everyone has their own way of coping with the crap of life, so I'm hesitant to be to offer too much by way of suggestion, but I have found it that my RL friends and work colleagues have been really supportive, although the first few times I had to tell people it was really hard, but it is now becoming our new normal and we are learning how to do stuff in a way that works for us. I hope you are all get support from your family/friends and, of course the Mnet online folk!
keep in touch and let us know how you go.

BroomHandledMouser Wed 08-Nov-17 14:54:21

I'm so sorry kitsch and AndNone flowers

I'm still trying to get my head round it all. Massively outing myself here but my mum lives in France. She's coming home permanently in a few weeks, timing couldn't be any better. I feel so sad for her, I'm trying my best. I've been delivering home cooked food three time a week so I know they have a meal.

I cannot get a grip on this. They've diagnosed her as having cancer but she's still waiting for a biopsy which is next week. Wtf? She's confused as well as everyone else in the family. She's so breathless and is now complaining of hip and back pain and wish to god I didn't google it.

Seeing her like this is breaking my heart xx

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