My 77 year old father has been sick for over a year with a myriad of illnesses(polycystic kidney disease, bowel obstruction) but really perked back up this spring. When I say perked up, I mean walking with a cane instead of walker and fixing a sandwich by himself. Anyway, a month ago it was like he fell off a cliff. A come and go fever 99-100 but no infection showed up on blood tests, and a generally lethargy that has progressed to him only spending about five hours a day out of the bed. His eyes have gotten really dark and sunken and he's dropped ten pounds in less than a month.
So last week his doc admitted him to the hospital for tests. His CT scan with dye came back with this result -
Multiple metastatic lung nodules bilaterally. No central PE. Several mildly enlarged right axillary lymph noes. Coronary artery atherosclerosis.
Bilateral adrenal nodules. Multiple hypodense lesions within the liver and spleen up to 4 cm. Autosomal polyscytic kidneys. Mild right lymphadenopathy. Normal small bowel, colon and appendix.
His doc referred us to an oncologist but she never actually said, 'he has cancer." I kept missing her at the hospital and she ended up calling me at work with the results and she's got a heavy accent and darned it I can tell you what she said. I got the above results from his medical records.
My question to you lovely people is....do doctors normally avoid the cancer word till you see an oncologist? And we are still waiting for the referral. How long does it possibly take. Also....it says "mestastic lung nodules."...does that translate into lung cancer?
Thank you for anyone that replies. My dad is old and so sick and I know he's going to go sooner than later and I'm OK with that now. I just want to know what it is that is killing him. He does too.