Good morning Petunia,
I'm so glad Diane came in here too. I agree with all that she said. We are all different. As for wigs, I got a synthetic one because the woman that owned the wig store is a cancer survivor. She counseled me to not spend the big bucks on the real hair wigs. She said they are too expensive, but also extremely hot. So I got a pretty one that was synthetic. Like Diane, I didn't wear it often. I did wear it if we were going out, where I didn't want to talk about cancer. Obviously when people see you are bald, the topic comes up. So if it was a nice night out, I'd wear it. Otherwise I wore a lot of soft, warm hats. The American Cancer Society does sell inexpensive hats too. Here's a link to their web site for their cute hats. I'm sure they give stuff away too. But I found a lot of stuff here for not much money. http://www.tlcdirect.org/
I had Carboplatin/Taxol the first time. The second time I'm getting Cisplatin/Navelbine. I have to be very thankful because my cancer did not spread beyond the lung, so I was able to have surgery to remove it both times, and didn't need concurrent radiation at all. Your Mom's has spread hence the other treatments they are offering.
For the brain issue, it is highly recommended with SCLC to have PCI. I know that here as WBR, or Whole Brain Radiation. I recently heard it referred to as PCI so I knew what you were talking about. Frequently the lung cancer will present itself in the brain with SCLC, and having the radiation can avoid all kinds of complications and problems. My Mom had SCLC and had WBR with excellent results. While it didn't save her life, it did prolong it with good quality of life.
Venting is ALWAYS good. That is why this place is here so vent away.
With it being presented in her liver and adrenal glands, it's safe to assume it did spread to her lymph glands. Second opinions are always an option of course. Don't worry too much about the time lines they gave you. Those are based on statistics because they have to be! But as you know from reading here many people just don't follow those time lines.
My treatment is going well with the chemo. I am having some tough side effects now,but I am doing okay. I have good pain control, and the ability to rest when I need to, so it's going good. With statistics, they tell me that I have a 50/50 chance of the cancer coming back given that it would be the third time it came back. But that is IF it comes back. I"m not worrying about time lines. I just want to live the best I can for as long as God sees fit and let him worry about the rest of it.
If you have more questions, please let us know. Diane gave you good advice on cancer grace. It's a great web site to get feedback (not medical advice). The site is http://www.cancergrace.org
. If you sign in there, use the same one you have here so those of us there know it is you!
God bless you.
Judy in MI