I could never work for hospice myself - but my limited experience with them was very good ...... great care for both the patient and the loved ones. Great communications too!
about cancer - I do not have lung cancer. It is metastisized Prostate Cancer. Metastisized simply means the cancer has spread and is now considered stage #4. In my case, it did spread to my liver, adrenal glands, blocked both kidneys, one lymph node, my ribcage - and recently a new tumor in the pelvic area.
In blocking the kidneys over 3-1/2 years ago, I have had kidney failure (three times hospitalized) and my left kidney is worthless - even with an internal stent ... and my right kidney is OK as long as I keep a nefrostomy tube in place to aid the kidney function.
I have been writing for and reading the Prostate Cancer Forum for over 13-months - and there has not been one survivor of this. It is a slow killer, but there are no known full remissions that I'm aware of.
Lung cancer itself, is hardly a comparison to what I have. I am not minimizing lung cancer - my step-father had a portion of his lung removed because of lung cancer. Metastisized cancer cannot be operated on - and there is NO cure for it whether by chemo or hormone therapy or both!
It's just life! The reality of life - to accept - then deal with!
Initial Dx of PCa in 2003/2004
Radiation (5x5wks) & Brachytherapy (96 seeds) in 2004
Low PSA 6-years then Casodex briefly
Lupron from 2011 to current
Zytiga 2012 (5-mths) - PSA increasing
Prednisone & Xgeva from 2012 to current
Taxotere - Aug 2012 (30-wks) - PSA from 54+ to 12+
Xtandi - June to Aug - 2013 - PSA increasing
Jevtana - Oct to March 2014 - PSA from 83+ to 15+
Lexapro from Oct 2013