Just received a call from my brother in Texas that his wife has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. We don't see them very often...a long ways from Iowa...but this news shocked and saddened me. She is a wonderful lady, several years older than my brother, but they have been married over 31 years and either one would be so lost without the other. I think he said the cancer hasn't spread to other organs, but is in both lungs. For some reason, radiation isn't a possibility. Doctors did some labs today and will tell them at their appt. in three weeks what the treatment plan should be. Sounds like some chemo and maybe some oral meds. Not curable, of course, but treatable...to slow it down and keep from spreading so far. I haven't had any experience with lung cancer, so could only offer encouraging words and to pray. My brother sounded like it hadn't quite sunk in yet, but did say that they are going to live their lives as "normally" as possible and she does not want any sympathy or people calling her up to say they are sorry, etc. We were planning a trip down there in February anyway, but may move it sooner if necessary. One just never knows, do we? Sis went to the doctor because her heart was "fluttering" and irregular. Docs couldn't fine anything wrong with her heart on xrays, but that's when the lung masses showed up. She still is "symptom-free" as far as having lung cancer...on one hand, I wish we had a little more to go by (prognosis, etc.) but on the other hand, maybe it's best we don't know too far into the future?