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  1. My name is Eugenia and my mom, Theresa (Terry), has very recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She is only 72 and stopped smoking over 40 years ago. She worked in a laboratory doing cancer research for 40 years before retiring 10+ years ago and was handling chemicals for cancer research her entire career at NIH and Human Genome in the DC Area. She started having back pain in October and it took almost 2 months to determine what was wrong. First they thought she had pulled her back picking up her grandson, my 10 month old son, and the doctors gave her muscle relaxers. Then, the doctors thought she had pneumonia and she was given antibiotics. Then, she went back to the hospital because the antibiotics were not working and they did a CT scan and found a mass in her left lung. It has been a long and awfully slow process and after multiple hospital visits, biopsies, scans, etc. and us pushing things along, they found that the cancer spread to her bones - spine, chest, and head. Her spine is covered, which is what is causing her back pain but she is now on pain medication to keep her comfortable and help her get stronger. She starts cancer treatment next week and she has a positive state of mind so far - she is ready to fight this! What can I do to help her stay positive and get healthy and strong? I live in DC but was there for 2 weeks over the holiday helping take care of her and my dad and working with doctors to come up with a plan quickly. She is being treated at Zimmer Cancer Center in Wilmington, North Carolina and they live one hour south. The oncologist wants to treat her with 3 drugs - 2 chemo drugs plus keytruda - every 3 weeks x 4 rounds. We are still waiting for her gene marker testing to come back to know if there are other drugs that might work better for her situation. Does anyone know if Zimmer is a reputable cancer center? Should I be looking for a second opinion or clinical trials at a research institute and if yes, how do I go about doing that? What alternative treatments, food, medicine, should we be considering? I don't want to miss any opportunities for treatment and will do anything to help her fight this. Thank you for any advice you might have for me and my family. Happy New Year :)
  2. Hello, my name is Christine. My, 71 yr old, Mother was diagnosed in Nov 2016 w/ Stage IV metastatic adenocarcinoma NSCLC (primary: right lung, spread to both adrenal glands, brain & right proximal tibia). At diagnosis she was given an estimate of 6-12 months to live, which was quickly adjusted to 6 months after they discovered 13 brain mets opposed to the 3 they originally saw. She had surgery to remove the tumor in her right tibia, which they filled with bone cement to stabilize the bone. She has completed whole brain radiation, radiation to the right tibia & 2 rounds of chemo: Paraplatin (Carboplatin), Alimta (Pemetrexed) & Avastin (Bevacizumab). The chemo was unsuccessful. The cancer spread to multiple bones in her left leg, her pelvis & spine. They stopped chemo & started Opdivo last week. It is too soon after completing whole brain radiation to do another brain scan to know if it helped. I'm sorry for the information overload....I'm just trying to give as much info as possible to see if anyone here has a similar situation & could offer some words of wisdom, offer a glimpse of hope or suggest ways I can help her. Thank you in advance for your help.
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