Although I don't have any specific advice as to what sort of treatment is available, I would offer that a second opinion is extremely important. I would also agree with not telling your Father what you believe about his prognosis, numerous studies indicate that a person's recovery is heavily dependent on their beliefs about getting better. While I agree that he is facing a very serious predicament, more people are beating cancer than succumbing to it. So don't give up yet! Visualization, power of prayer, all sorts of things can work along side of conventional treatment. Yes, there is a ton of information out there. The good thing about this forum is that hopefully, you can locate someone who has been through it and can offer some real life experience.
From: Keith Cloward[SMTP:email@example.com]
Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Keith
Hi. Thanks for emailing. We don't know what stage the lung cancer is at yet. Tests for metastisis will be this Tuesday. All we know so far is that it is squamus cell carcinoma in the lung and that it is inoperable. Our hope (and the Doctor's) is that if there is no metastisis we can undergoe chemotherapy to hopefully reduce the size of the mass and then do a ressection. I am a veterinary student and my experience with SCC is that it is very aggressive and locally invasive and carries a grave prognosis. I don't have the heart to tell my dad any of that.
Does anyone have advice about how to decide what protocols to choose and what alternative medicine to consider if any. We are really feeling overwhelmed at this point and there is so much information out there it is impossible to sort through it all. I hope this message finds you all well. Sincerely, Keith
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From: Barham, Dusti # IHTUL
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 12:14 PM
Subject: [MOL] Keith
Welcome to our forum Keith. It is comprised both of people diagnosed w/ cancer and people caring for loved ones with cancer. While I don't have any medical information for you at this time, I wanted to just welcome you and let you know that you have found a remarkable place in which both information & support are offered (and plenty of opinions!) I'm sure this is an emotional time for you & your family, we understand. Feel free to jump in any time. Some of our people w/ different types of lung cancer will hopefully come forward w/ some info for you. What stage is your Father's cancer? What kind of treatment was prescribed? How is he taking all of this?