• Lung Cancer, Brain Mets

    Asked by margie1 on Friday, June 28, 2013

    Lung Cancer, Brain Mets

    My sister, my roomate and friend has gone from COPD to adenocarcinoma of the right lung, to lung resection, blood clot, chemo and radiation to more radiation now. More chemo in the near future, what should we do?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      If you are questioning the journey to date and the rationale behind the plan of care, then I would strongly suggest that you either ask the oncologist why this is the course of treatment or seek a second opinion. I am an oncology nurse and sometimes as the treatment progresses there is a need to amend the original plan. The treatment for most cancers is very fluid and can be altered at a moments notice based on lab or scan results, side effects or hypersensitivity or a change in the patients health status. Either way, it would be a good idea to gather your questions together and ask for a family consult. You and the patient are as much a part of the team as everyone else. When you ask these questions and show your investment into the situation, oncologists tend to become more forthcoming with the information that you seek. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • HotRodTodd's Avatar

      Sorry for your dear Sister's diagnosis, it's hard to watch a loved one go through this. Carm gives some good advice.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Don't be frightened of Brain Mets. I know many many people who have had them with LC and the radiation zapped them to death and they remain cancer free. That being said:
      Make sure you read the on line information at the Bonnie J. Addario site
      Make sure you are with a LC expert who has had mutation testing done
      Read many of my posts here about LC

      And look into clinical trials for PDL-1.

      Stay calm and stay the course

      over 5 years ago

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