Knowledge is power....
...and if there is one thing you feel, when a loved one is diagnosed with incurable lung cancer, it is completely powerless.
When my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on 7th July 2011, I was floored. I was also clueless. The prognosis was not great. My mother told me he had cancer in his lung, liver and lymph nodes. One week later, we were told dad's treatment plan would be chemotherapy. Surgery was not an option. The cancer had spread too much. The hope was that the chemotherapy would help dad's symptoms and give him more time.
Ten weeks later, my dad died peacefully on 16th September 2011. We had ten weeks to research, understand and figure out ways in which to help my dad through this terrible time.
Ten short weeks...
My biggest frustration was trying to find information to help me understand what dad was, and would be, experiencing. Within this site, you will find information and links to valuable websites, that I discovered before and after my father passed away from end stage lung cancer. This site is my hindsight effort at highlighting great resources that, had I had more time to understand and take in what was happening to him at the time, would have been a huge benefit to me. Sadly it was not until the weeks after dad passed away that I came across some of the most valuable resources and information that would have helped us during those dark weeks before his passing.
My dad's story is not unique or uncommon. In the UK, approximately 35,260* people died from lung cancer in 2008. In the USA, there will be approximately 156,940** deaths from lung cancer during 2011. Finding the information to help you during this time, to help you understand and feel you can give your loved one comfort and support, is valuable. Knowledge is truly power...
* Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org)
**National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov)