• Stage IIIB Squanous Cell Lung Cancer

    Asked by Flaflo on Saturday, December 31, 2011

    Stage IIIB Squanous Cell Lung Cancer

    My 81 year old dad was diagnosed with Stage IIIB squamous cell lung cancer. He has a PET scan next week to determine if it has spreadanywhere else. His current options are chemo or tarceva. Does anyone have any words of advice?

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    • RuthAnne's Avatar
      RuthAnne

      Tough one. It's my understanding that the better the health of the person at diagnosis, the better they tolerate treatment. If your father is in good condition, his treatment should go easier for him. I don't take Tarceva myself, only chemo, but I understand that the side effects from Tarceva are minimal - a rash. Chemo on the other hand, can really zap your physical and psychological resources. Check with your dad's onc, but arm yourself with information. Read, read, read. Good luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Sorry for your dads diagnoses. In addition to me having cancer 3 times I lost my dad 1.5 yrs ago to cancer. Started as prostate, went to pelvis, bladder, then lungs. they said he couldn't handle any treatments. He was 84. Hopefully your dad is a strong guy and they can kick it before it spreads. Good luck to you both!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      Hi. My grandma, 78, also has squamous. It has spread to 3 lymph nodes. She had a scan last Thursday to see if the two rounds of chemo have worked at all. She is very weak and fatigued. Some days her mood isn't so good. She's going to decide today, when the results come back, whether shell continue chemo. It's hard because either decision is going to be rough. Hang in there. If you want to talk more my email is [email redacted]. Mollie

      about 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      Wow, I'm so sorry. My grandma is 78 and has squamous stage IV. I'll email you directly...I think that will be more efficient. Mollie

      about 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      I guess I can't email you from this page. Let me know if you'd like my number. Ok so she did 3 rounds of chemo (carboplatin/taxall). Really wiped her out, Bad. No nausea but they had her on four meds for that. From her PET scan it showed three lymph nodes affected so it has metastasized. No radiation, it would burn her esophagus so bad that she wouldn't be able to eat, possible drink. Surgery is a no go due to the size and location. Has he lost a lot of weight? Is he eating? I have some advice/tricks that we've tried. Lt me know if you'd like more info. Mollie

      about 5 years ago
    • debandre's Avatar
      debandre

      Why is radiation not an option? Is his over all health good? I survived Stage IIIB Squamous cell lung cancer. My tumor was very large wrapping around my heart and esophagus and High radiation along with chemo saved my life. I was in a clinical trial that a 80 year old man was also in and he survived too. Positive thinking is vital. Good luck.

      about 5 years ago

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