cancer visits my family again

The week finished out with hard news for my family. We found out that Dad, 92 and failing recently, with dementia and melanoma, also has lung cancer. We had long forgotten that Dad was a smoker for some twenty years in his 20s and 30s, before filtered cigarettes, and then was exposed to second-hand smoke for the remainder of his adult work life as a musician. We wonder whether the dementia that has exacerbated very markedly nearly daily over the last week or two is actually brain mets.

He is in the hospital now and will be discharged soon to rehab and hospice, and his doctor is making sure he is comfortable. He is not in pain. There is not much else to do for now. The biggest problem is that he is unable to sleep and is hallucinating constantly, but his hallucinations so far are free of paranoia or other fearful images.

We are very sad that cancer has come to our family again but hopeful that Dad will have a gentle exit without suffering.

It reminds me again how much I hate this disease.

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