Hi!! My dad finished his 1st round of radiation/chemo @ Thanksgiving, and just had his PET scan on Friday, January 21st. The scan showed that his LC was pretty much wiped out, but that it has spread to his left hip socket and two spots on his spine.
He was sent to an orthopedic surgeon and told that surgery isn't an option for him. (He had another CT, x-rays and spent the night in the hospital.)
The plan is to do radiation on his hip and a stronger chemo. His radiation oncologist said that it's now pallitive care. I know he cant' tell me how much time my dad has, but I did ask him to give me a round about time given that he has treated my dad from the beginning. He said about a year. From what I've read, it seems that 8 months is average.
My dad has just started to have a little bit of pain off and on while walking. His back also has had a little bit of pain off and on, but nothing bad.
What can we expect with bone cancer? I have heard that it can get pretty painful. My dad will not want to live if he is knocked out with pain medications or unable to walk.
I have read about medications to diminish the progress of this and medications to help with bone mass loss.
The first round of radiation/chemo sent him to the hospital twice w/dehydration and then pneumonia. It was just brutal on him.
I just would appreciate any advice or info!!
Thank you!! Lisa