I am a non-smoker who ended up with lung cancer, stage 4. I was diagnosed in April 2012 and I have a mass in the left lung and cancer in the lymph nodes & back. I had surgery & radiation on my back, and I ended up with talc in the lung because it kept filling up with fluid. It turned out to be caused by a gene mutation, and I am taking Tarceva pills in lieu of standard chemo. I get a CT Scan every 3 months. The cancer cells shrunk somewhat, but the recent CT Scan shows that the mass in the left lung is starting to grow back. My onc recommended I have CyberKnife radiation.
I met with the radiation office. Several MD's met with me to decide if I should get CyberKnife. They examined my history, etc & decided I should have it. Since the back & lymph nodes are still okay, the doctors think a few of the cancer cells in the lung figured out how to pass the Tarceva blockage. They will keep me on Tarceva, but I can't take it during the radiation.
Are you thinking about CyberKnife radiation? They are using it on the left lung. I'm scheduled to start the week of 6/10. I'll have it done 5 times. It will be done every other day. Each will be approx. 1 hour. I heard that it does have potential side effects (i.e. bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.) that start 6 months after the radiation. If you or anyone else had CyberKnife, I'd like to know how it went
Thanks in advance!