• My sister in law was diagnosed with stage 3A Lung Cancer.

    Asked by friskycatmom on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    My sister in law was diagnosed with stage 3A Lung Cancer.

    My sister in law was diagnosed with stage 3A Lung Cancer. She has been

    told she has Adenocarcinoma Non Small Cell Type. Her Oncologist started

    her with Chemo using Cisplatine and Docetaxel. So far she has had two

    treatments three weeks apart.

    She has the cancer in the right lung lower third area and in the right

    Lymph Nodes.

    Her Doctor told her yesterday that the Chemo is not working for her,

    and she needs to do a Pet CT Scan again and an MRI for her head due to

    severe headaches, and new blood tests for CBC with W/DIF,

    Comprehensive, Metabolic Panel, Magnesium, and LDH, CEA, and SED.

    He Will dicuss the findings on Nov. 16th, before her next round of

    Chemo on Nov. 17th.

    The Patient is Female, 46 Years Old, and had a benign Total Thyroid

    Removal five years ago and also brittle bones. Other than that, no

    major health issues.

    Does anyone have any input in regards to what I have described?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      Hi friskycatmom,

      We have several people at WhatNext who are battling lung cancer. I am sure someone will reach out to you soon. In the meantime, I wanted to suggest that you check out WhatNext member Dulcinea. Just enter her name in the box on the "People" page. She is fighting 3A lung cancer, too.

      Additionally, when you are on the People page, on the left hand side you will see that you can search for people with a specific cancer. Expand the drop box and click on lung cancer. You can view their journeys and if/when you are ready, you can either follow them or reach out to them.

      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do. I'm keeping your sister-in-law in my thoughts.


      almost 6 years ago
    • kkimt's Avatar

      My prayers are with your sister in law and your family. I was diagnosed last year with Stage III A adenocarcinoma at 46 years old in my right lung. I was inoperable at the time. Through radiation and chemo they shrunk the tumor enough to try surgery.. If the chemo is not working, see if they can introduce other drugs. Not all drugs work for all people. I also had to have the MRI and Pet scan to see if the cancer was anywhere else in my body. I was very fortunate and it was not. Above all tell her not to give up!

      almost 6 years ago
    • billwebster's Avatar

      Dear friskycatmom,
      No dianosis of lung cancer is good and the fact that she's so young is even sadder. The good news is her youth will work to her advantage as when she is not doing chemo, she should recover more quickly. If the MRI comes out without cancer she hopefully will find a chemo combo that will slow it down AND cause some shrinkage. Every body reacts different to different combos. There are many different drugs to attack the cancer. I am a man, age 59 and was downgraded to stage IV this past May; was initially stage IIIa on Feb 10, 2010 (lower right lung and lymph nodes). Finished 4 months of Cisplatine/Etoposide (once a week for 16 weeks + daily radiation) and temporarily stopped growth AND showed some shrinkage. CT scans every other month came out good until early this year. I'm in the middle of my third round of chemo combos and although my first round in Feb 2010 did not cure the cancers, those were the worst side effects of all the drugs we've tried (I think the daily radiation had something to do with that though as they fried my windpipe AND esophagus). I did a round starting in April 2011 (when the PET scan showed new activity) of Carboplatin/Alimta (one 4 hour infusion, once a week) and it did no good at all. Side effects kept me bed-ridden 5 days a week. The cancer has now spread to my right kidney and the lymph node swelling doubled over the 3 months of that round. These side effects were pretty devastating, so I took off a couple of months to try to get some strength back. This third round is Gemzar/Tarceva and if this doesn't work I'll be about out of options, but if I make it until Feb 2012, that means they gave me two additonal years, when untreated I probably would have died mid-summer last year. Do keep encouraging her to stay strong and after a round of treatments, the side effects lessen with each day of no chemo. I wish you both the best and hope the docs can find some combo that will give her some hope.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Sandra's Avatar

      I took radiation with my chemo. I was told chances of a cure are better with radiation and both the chemos she is on. It worked for me with almost identical diagnosis. I have been cancer free 2 years, from stage 3 lung 5cm mass and 5 lymph nodes.

      over 5 years ago
    • Sandra's Avatar

      they need the mri of the brain and if it's clear she needs to be on radiation!!

      over 5 years ago
    • stage5guy's Avatar

      Make sure they test her for Gene Mutations and Rearrangemens. I turned out to be ALK positive. It is an expensive test but insurance covered it. It is fairly rare, but frontline chemos were not working for me at all. My Onc was sure I was not positive. He was wrong! Now, with the ALK blocker I am taking I am doing well. There are several other more common mutations to test for as well, and will guide you on a different course of treatment.

      I would assume they will start Zomeda (osteoperosis treatment) for the bones (fairly typical protocal for NSCLC Adenocarcenoma), Having said all this, I would urge you to call the Livestrong Foundation in Austin, Texas. They are fierce advocates for people with cancer, they are the ones who told me about ALK and probably saved my life.


      about 5 years ago

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