||[Oct. 14th, 2010|07:04 pm]
The results are back, and it is confirmed. |
My sister has small cell lung cancer.
It's believed to be fairly early stage, given that she had a chest x-ray in june that did not show the tumour. The good news is that it has not spread anywhere else. That is the only good news.
The bad news comes in abundance.
Small Cell lung cancer is the most virulent form of lung cancer, with the poorest prognosis. It has a less than 5% chance of survival over 5 years.
The location of her tumour means that it is inoperable, therefore surgery is ruled out. Chemotherapy is the only option, along with radiotherapy, and the purpose of the treatment is not to cure the cancer or put her into remission, but simply to make her comfortable and as the medical professionals put it "prolong her life".
I still have hope, but secretly, it's difficult to maintain a positive outlook when everything seems so bleak.
I no longer sleep well. How can I?