My 83 year old dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 probable lung cancer, multiple nodules in both lungs, enlarged lymph nodes in the chest, and metastases to the bone in a few places. He was not able to undergo a biopsy, chemo or radiation due to health problems, so we are not sure if he has lung cancer or metastasis from melanoma that he had removed or prostate cancer that he had.
He is in hospice and they are so good. His pain was controlled with Fentanyl and oral hydrocodone. They stopped that, kept the patch, and they started him on oral morphine last week. I am still trying to work (7 hours away) and travel each weekend to help care for him, give support and talk about important things.
He is in his home with his girlfriend who is helping to care for him. He is eating fairly well, able to walk with help and a walker, but getting weaker and a little confused. I wanted to know what others' experiences were with similar situations and how long someone lived after starting oral morphine and similar symptoms. I want to take leave from work when I need to, but I don't have any idea about how long he might have left... Thank you for any help.