Our expert says:
If the cancer has spread to the lungs and the blood the prognosis is not very good as he probably has stage IV cancer already. Chemo buys time as it shrinks the tumours and may even kill some of it, but it is probably not going to "cure" him for good. However, patients with a positive and hopeful attitude do live longer healthier lives even with cancer. None of us are sure about our lives - we can die in an accident tomorrow - so do not focus on the possible dying, but try and focus on enjoying the time he still has with your family. Unfortunately about 80%of patients are diagnosed when they are already in stage 4 and about 95% of them die within the next 5 years.
I personally believe that our lives are not in our own hands, so we as doctors can try and predict what the average patient's chances of surviving is, by looking at the history of other patients, but each individual will have his/her own unique situation and survival rate. I will be thinking of your family - I also lost a familymember (which was more like a brother to me) at 28 years old due to melanoma and understand a bit of what you are going through.
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