• Since first diagnosed, he has found out it has spread to other areas liver, etc. Do you think chemo is going to help?

    Asked by Glenda on Saturday, November 12, 2011

    Since first diagnosed, he has found out it has spread to other areas liver, etc. Do you think chemo is going to help?

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    • collinsb01's Avatar

      This is my first post, I hope it makes a difference.They probably told u this is palliative care, that was part of my newa. I have an inoperable Stage 4 Non Small Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Lung with no primary tumor. Found out 10-18-10. Was told the avg life expectancy was @ nine months with treatment. Today is 11-12-11. Averages are just that, averages. So I decided to live. I had 12 treatments of Carboplatin & Taxol. Afterwhich three tumors formed in the lungs and one lymph node in my chest is affected. With three treatments of taxotere, all of them have decreased a little. I was scheduled for three moreTaxotere treatments and then re-evaluate. I don't know what UR drs have suggested, but I chose to follow treatment plan the drs. suggested. No one can tell U what exactly will happen, U just have to do some research and make a decision. Show husband plenty of LOVE and help any way you can. For both of your sakes, hope he returns the love because that is very important towards healing and feeling complete. It'simportant that he does not give up. Also, if U haven't already done so, talk with a hospital social worker about financial assistance and file for Social Security right away. I hope this makes sense and helps.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Elizabeth's Avatar

      I don't know much about Lung Cancer but I do know that all you can do is trust your doctors and the Chemotherapy. I am 21 years old and I was just diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoma Enteropathy. With this cancer only 50% make it past 10 months. I am waiting to here back about my bone marrow biopsy but based on my CT I am atleast stage 3. No matter how bad things may look you just have to keep thinking positive. These days they have lots of treatment options so if Chemo does not work maybe something else will. Stay strong and don't give up!

      almost 5 years ago
    • billwebster's Avatar

      No dianosis of lung cancer is good and the fact that he's so young is even sadder. The good news is his youth will work to his advantage as when he is not doing chemo, he should recover more quickly. If the MRI comes out without brain cancer he 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. Those 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 him to try 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 him some hope.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I am not a Dr. or Scientist, I assume done of us are, but my opinion is if my Dr. wants to do it, he must think it's going to help, and the overwhelming odds are that most chemo treatments help. I had several types of chemo treatments, and it worked on me. As someone else has said, we are all individuals, what works for one, may or may not work for another. Good luck in your treatment, and believe...that it WILL WORK !!!

      almost 5 years ago

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