My mom has stage 3 renal failure and she has been receiving chemotherapy for multiple myeloma for nearly 2 years. Her last 6 months of chemo has ruined her kidneys. She is now on dialysis. Forgive me for not knowing all the terms, but it’s the type where she injects solution into her abdomen at home every 4 hours. Her last cancer numbers came back showing her cancer is nearly in remission at 1%.
Her nephrologist has told her that even with dialysis, she has only about 12-18 months to live and is forcing her into counseling to talk about “death and dying”.
She is 63 years old and the other health conditions she has include hypertension (stable with medication) and arthritis.
I’m just curious how her nephrologist can predict her life span at this point? I’m sure without her full medical history, it might be difficult for any other doctors to comment on this, but perhaps I’m looking for some “in general” comments about what factors contribute to longevity on dialysis? Does it shorten her life span if she needed to start chemo again, is that the problem?
Obviously, I want my mom to have more time…especially since she has nearly beaten her cancer and might have a chance at life again…but now this news from her nephrologist…I’m confused…and sad…and scared…I can only imagine what she must be feeling. Any input here? Thanks sooooo much!