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  1. Need advice, experience, something!

    In a short answer, yes. This is all normal. I experienced the same thing taking care of my father. There never seems to be a plan per say but more of a treat it, see how it responds, treat more, etc.. I know it is frustrating and by all means, if you don't think he is getting the care or attentiveness that he deserves and that this disease requires, seek a second opinion. Typically, patients do not undergo surgery with 3B, at least in my experience and research. Stage 3 is one of the most controversial stages of lung cancer with respect to treatment options. Has he had the fluid from pleural effusion removed and biopsied yet? That would be the first thing that needs to be done. One of the most standard treatment regimens for Stage 3 is Chemo/Radiation at the same time, so that is a little confusing why the radiologist would say no. I know how frustrating it can be dealing with doctors and weaving through treatment options. There were times where I wanted to just snap on every doctor around me until I got the right answers. I wish you the best of luck and please keep us updated!