Father terminal

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Hi my father was told he has lung cancer beginning of December and its not treatable. St Baranabas palliative care where informed and came out however they have now discharged him what does this mean? We have been given a time frame of 7 months left to live and I don't understand how this process works I feel no one is explaining anything. Many thanks.

  • Hello Pike and thank you for contacting the Online Community.

    Palliative nurses specialise in pain and symptom management as well as offering emotional support and helping to co-ordinate care. It may be that St. Barnabas feel your father doesn’t need this kind of support just yet, but do you feel he does? It might be worth going back to them and query why he’s been discharged if you haven’t already.

    Our publication Looking After Someone with cancer looks at how carers can look after themselves while supporting and looking after someone with cancer. It also has information on what type of support might be available to patients and how to access it.

    I appreciate this must be a difficult time just now Pike, how are you? We’re here for your emotional support and we also have nurses here if you have any clinical questions as well as financial teams. You can call in on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am – 8pm), web chat or email if you’d prefer.

    Take care.

    Alex, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.