• Maintenance Therapy

    Asked by greensmythe on Friday, May 3, 2013

    Maintenance Therapy

    I was diagnosed Stage IV NSCLC on November 12, 2012. Since Jan. 20 I went through 4 rounds of chemo- carboplatin, taxol and avastin. After the 2nd round I was told I had had a 37% shrinkage, and was in remission. After the 4th round my oncologist said he would now be putting me on maintanance therapy of Avastin every 21 days for about a year. He said I was stable and in remission.
    He stated that after the 4th round, even though there had been some shrinkage, that that would justify putting me through a 6th or 7th round. I really don't understand all of this.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Call your team and speak to them about your concerns. They are there to help you understand your treatment and progress. I have contact info for every member of my team, and we communicate as need when questions and issues come up.

      over 3 years ago
    • Tsolorzano's Avatar

      Hello, my husband was diagnosed about the same time as you were. He just completed his 6th cycle. He will have a ct scan in two weeks to determine his progress and future treatment At no point has the dr mentioned remission. Reach out to the nurse or patient advocate to get explanation. It can be confusing and frustrating, but we have every right to ask as many times as necessary. Stay positive, we are all in this together

      over 3 years ago

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