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My father in law was diagnosed on Fri. with advanced inoperable lymphoma. What exactly that does that mean?
My in laws live half way across the country, and on Friday he was given the news from a biopsy. That was the only news given and my mother in law was told that this week they would discuss treatments if any. Does this mean it is too late for him or does it just mean they can't operate to take out the cancer?
I am not too familiar with cancer terms and definitions so if anyone could help that would be great!
This isn't good. Chemotherapy and radiation might help, but it would be wise if he were to get his affairs in order. If he recovers, it's a good idea anyway.
First of all, I am sorry to hear of this sad news to you and your family.
Really, ask the doctors more questions to make sure you get correct information, but from my experience with my father in-law who had cancer, I am sorry to say that inoperable means they cannot operate to remove the tumor(s) - for whatever reason (could be too large, spreading to other organs, too risky, his age, etc). You used the word "advanced" so I'm guessing that perhaps his cancer has spread to other organs or tissues....this could also be why they cannot operate. I'm only guessing here. As to whether it's "too late" for him, you'll have to straight out ask the doctor what they mean. That's what we did in our situation just to make sure we understood 100%.
I'm not a nurse or anything, so maybe I could be more helpful in directing you to some of the more important questions to ask right now:
How 'advanced' are they refering to?
Is chemotherapy or other treatments an option?
If so, what's the likelihood of success and survival?
Is his condition strong enough to endure treatments?
If there are no treatments or other courses of action recommended what can you (the family and the father) expect?
How much time does he have?
Most importantly, what does your father-in-law want?
Equally as important, if he doesn't want any treatment....respect and accept that decision and just give him all the love and care you can and then some.
These are just a few things you may want to know but are possibly too overwhelmed to think of right now. And I do strongly encourage the whole family to have a meeting with the doctor and healthcare team, if possible, to ask all the questions you could possibly want to know, as well as other information such as palliative care, emotional support, financial & legal planning, etc. It's been my experience that having a loved one with cancer is an extremely difficult time. Everyone involved, including you, will need a tremendous amount of support of some kind or another.
Again, I am truly sorry for this event in your life. I can only pray that you and the entire family involved have faith in God and Jesus and that you will lean on HIM to provide the comfort, strength and support you'll all need now and in the coming weeks/months.
Blessings and love to you and yours during this time. I hope this has helped you if only a little.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Lymphoma represents many different cancers of lymphocytes. Lymphoma is a malignant transformation of either lymphocytes B or T cells or their subtypes.
While lymphomas are often confined to lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissue, they can spread almost anywhere in the body.
Your father in law should speak with an Oncologist to determine what type of Lumphoma it is as there are close to 30 plus different subtypes. I am only able to pressume he had a biopsy to determine that it was inoperable.
Inoperable does not necessary mean untreatable. If the disease is refractory, then there could be a serious issue, but your father in law should find a good Oncologist.
Good luck and wish him well and let him know how much you care. I hope that helps.
So sorry that your family is going through this...you never said what kind of Cancer he has.and what stage he is in.....inoperable lymphoma isn't good at all...depends on what part of the body it is and the treatments...just be there when your mother-in-law needs to talk...she needs her family right now as I'm sure she doesn't know what to do and not thinking straight either..let us know how he is and God Bless you and your family...Hugs to you
Hi Krazy- Technically, lymphoma is a blood cancer, so the cure is not surgery, but usually chemo, monoclonal antibody treatment or radiation, or some form of all three.
HOWEVER, surgery can be part of the cure when a tumor needs to be removed, and if a tumor cannot be removed, then that can impact treatment, and prognosis.
Many times patients with lymphoma will have tumors removed and then start chemo/radiation treatment.
You need to find out why it is inoperable-my husband also had inoperable lymphoma-it was because the tumors were in the base of his spine, and to remove them would have caused paralysis.
You need to ask if any clinical trials are available in the area. (Google the term and look up anything you don't understand in Wikipedia)You also need to find out exactly what kind and stage the lymphoma is.
Where you are located greatly affects your treatment plan, and the quality of care. Find out if their insurance will pay for a second opinion. If my husband hadn't gotten one, he would have died, because the first doctor said nothing could be done. (He was 38 at the time) He's been in complete remission for three years now.
Try to use the internet to look up definitons and take notes.
Also, see if another family member can come with them to the appts to ask questions, take notes, etc. Everyone needs an advocate. There are professional patient advocates who can help (to help patients navigate the system, talk to their doctor, find out baout treatments, etc.)
Please be aware (everybody) that ALL lymphomas are inoperable. Surgery is not a useful way to treat lymphoma.
Lymphoma is treated by chemotherapy and radiation.
Surgery may be used in specific situations to deal with problems that a tumor is causing.
-putting in a stent to free up urine flow from the kidney--until the chemo has a chance to work
-doing a biopsy of a lymph node to see what kind of lymphoma it is.
Don't let the word "inoperable" scare you. It is basically meaningless with lymphoma.
"Advanced" is a pretty general term and it is hard to tell what it means. If it just means Stage IV disease, it may still be very treatable, or even curable. If it means that it has grown to such a very large size that the chemotherapy may be dangerous, or that it has spread to his brain, then this could be very very hard to treat.
Support your in-laws by helping them get as much information as possible, and not letting them panic until they have more information from his oncologist.
Best of luck to him!
Curious Lil one
"Lymphoma is a cancer of a part of the immune system called the lymphatic system. There are many types of lymphoma. One type is called Hodgkin's disease. The rest are called non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas begin when a type of white blood cell, called a T cell or B cell, becomes abnormal. The cell divides again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. These abnormal cells can spread to almost any other part of the body. Most of the time, doctors can't determine why a person gets non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can cause many symptoms, such as
* Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
* Unexplained weight loss
* Soaking night sweats
* Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
* Weakness and tiredness that don't go away
* Pain, swelling or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen"
The advanced part probably refers to the stage of the cancer, and if it has spread. "The extent or spread of cancer is usually described as stages. It is important to know whether the leukemia has spread outside the blood and bone marrow in order to plan treatment"
Treatment: chemo, radiation in different forms can be tried to treat it. There are also different clinical trials. Age, how soon it is treated and detected. and will to live can effect how well treatments work.
krazykid- "advanced inoperable lymphoma"
"advanced" means the lymphoma has spread from wherever in the body it started to one or more distant locations in the body.
"lymphoma" is a form of cancer which develops from lymphoid tissue(s) in the body which are in a number of different locations wherever lymph nodes are located.
"inoperable" means that surgery alone could not remove all the tumor from the body.
With surgery not able to cure, the treatment will likely be by chemotherapy (drugs) that can travel anywhere in the blood to attack and destroy the lymphoma cells. Sometimes radiation may be used along with chemotherapy. The cancer physician treatment specialist (oncologist or hematologist/oncologist) can best provide further treatment infomation. There are a number of different types of lymphoma and the treatments will differ somewhat. Talk to your father-in-law's physician.