I've been getting a good bit of support and concern from some of you guy about my dad, his condition and so forth and so on, so I've elected to go ahead and put it all down on the table for everybody, and I'll update this every once in a while should anyone want me to continue giving updates.
He's a fighter for sure.
Apparently he was laid out initially with a flu, and then after a week it was pneumonia, and after a month it was non-small cell stage IV lung cancer.
He was unbelievably working 16 hour days with his cloud service business he owns and operates, and staying highly active despite having unbeknownst to us all, a collapsed left lung with several liters of excess fluid contained with in. (A total of 6 liters of fluid was removed over the course of a few days and a catheter had to be put in to continue to drain the lung until it could heal form the damage wrought by the pneumonia.)
Monday he had his PET scan, and yesterday he got the verdict as with Stage IV the cancer has entered into metastasis, meaning it's spread.
The cancer is adenocarcinoma, which is the most common form of lung cancer, and though not necessarily a super aggressive or treatment resistant tumor type. It's resistant to radiation therapy, and advances to metastasis quickly and largely before it has been diagnosed or even before it reveals itself symptom wise.
Apparently 40% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer are diagnosed at Stage IV with a 1% chance of survival, and a meager 18% chance should they be fortunate enough to catch it earlier on.
Needless to say, f*ck lung cancer.
I should also mention this is not new to my family, and the fear of lung cancer is pretty serious stuff. My grandfather died of lung cancer in 1974, and my Uncle Jim in 2004. The latter under the same kind of situation as my dad. First pneumonia then advanced lung cancer.
The weight of this knowledge is more than anyone wants to think about, and also brings with it the possibility that either myself, my siblings, or even my children might also be afflicted by this apparent genetic disposition.
What tremendously good news we received is that it is not peripheral as is the norm in adenocarcinoma, as it is commonly associated with smokers, particularly ones who smoke filtered cigarettes.
My father smoked a pipe when he was younger, but has been a non-smoker for 16+ years now.
It seems that it is centralized to the left lung with one large mass and several small masses spreading into the lymphatic system.
This of course does not mean it's curable, or that the odds are stacked in our favor, but it does mean that he's got a chance and that he can fight it.
My fear was that it had spread to other organs or to his bones, so I am immensely relieved that it's not the case.
When I heard this news it was something like exhaling for the first time in two weeks.
I'm still very worried, and there is a long way to go and more unknowns than questions answered as far as how things will turn out in the end, but at least this means I've got my dad for a bit longer at the very least, and that he's got a sluggers chance of being among the (almost) 10% of lung cancer patients with a 5 year survival rate.
There have been more patents and breakthroughs in the last year in cancer treatment than in the last 40 years combined, and that is also hopeful.
Though I'm still a little irritable I'm doing my damnedest to remain positive for my family, for myself and obviously for my dad.
Thanks to everybody who has expressed concern either here or on other mediums my way.