(Closed) Mother of the Bride Diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer that has matastisized

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

I’m a cancer research nurse, so there’s no way I would have gone to a naturopath when there are so many conventional treatments for cancer. I’ve watched patients die from extremely advanced cancer because they decided that supplements or veganism or meditation or acupuncture were going to cure their cancer — these are great lifestyle choices to be used with chemotherapy or radiation, but they’re not curative, and if you don’t jump feet first into treatment right after diagnosis, you’re going to end up with a huge disadvantage. When my mom had a brain tumor, we could have gone with radiation, but with the possibility of recurrence, we decided to go balls-to-the-wall and have radical surgery and spinal reconstruction to make sure she wouldn’t have to deal with it again.

We have a lot of FDA-approved treatments for NSCLC and even more in development. She’s still stage III, not stage IV, so there’s room for improvement. She’ll have your support whether or not you’re physically with her, and she’ll also have the support of her radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, nurse practitioners and nursing staff. I would recommend finding a support group for families of people with cancer so you can have a support structure for yourself as well. Also make sure to get involved in things like walks to meet other patients and families; I highly recommend getting involved with LUNGevity (http://www.lungevity.org ).

Post # 4
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Sminthy:  I don’t have any advice for you (but the PP has a lot of good advice!) – I just want to say I’m so sorry and HUGS!  Even if you’re not there physically, you can keep in constant contact (skype, etc) and she’ll know how much you support her.  xoxox

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