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Make Sense Father Cataract Stage Lung Cancer
Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?
Yes, it does.: To be able to see things clearly is part of quality of life. If he has a poor vision due to his cataract and cataract surgery can fix it- absolutely it is a good thing to do, if that can be done safely. The surgery itself is minor and with very minimal side effects. The fear of falling will increase significantly when we are older and it'd be very helpful if at least we can see things clearly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Yes: This decision hinges on balancing the potential benefit of the surgery and your father's quality of life. If cataracts are mild, and he is not significantly hampered, i'd likely advise deferring surgery. If vision changes are severe and quality of life is significantly affected, it is not unreasonable. The decision should be made in concert with your father's oncologist to help clarify. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
With difficulty: But love, time, support and prayers go a long way. Think of and do fun things together when you can! ...Read more
In general, not good: Non small cell is usually not as aggressive as small cell, but chemotherapy is not as effective. A lot depends on the functional status of your dad, and where the cancer has spread. Stage 4 implies it has spread somewhere. 5 year survival rates are usually less than 5%. Sorry. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my father has late 4th stage emphizima and late 3rd early 4th stage adenocarcinoma (small cell lung cancer)?
Deepest condolences: It sounds like your father's time is short. Make it as good a quality time as possible. Talk to each other. Tell him that you love him. If he was a good father, tell him. Ask him to provide a life history for you - video tape it if possible. Consider Hospice care. Be sure you discuss and know his wishes for mechanical ventilation. Be sure he has a will. ...Read more
What is the life expectancy of my father in law if he just got diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer?
Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?
Ask social worker: Sorry about your mom. There are both federal and state laws that may apply. Ask your employer or your mom's social worker (if on hospice or palliative care they can also provide or refer to one) about information and how to apply for fmla (the family medical leave act) and also about any state laws/regulations that may apply. ...Read more
Rtx/Cis: Sorry about your dad. It's a terrible disease. Currently cis platinum based chemotherapy protocols and radiotherapy protocols are used. Rare cures reported. Mostly palliative. Remission is not cure, its like a truce between the tumor and the patient. Usually fast growing. Not a surgically treated disease in that stage.Surgery only for small nodulesdx. As small cell in bx. During surgery. ...Read more
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more
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