deruo Posted November 18, 2004 Share Posted November 18, 2004 Hi all, Mom got the CT results back and both the chemo oncologist and the radiation oncologist were very pleased with the progress we've had with 3 cycles of chemo. (Currently doing #4). 1 tumor has shrunk from about 7 cm to 3 cm. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to be there for the consult, but was told by my brother that he was told that mom's staging was extensive. Up to this point we hadn't been told. As far as we knew, the cancer is in 1 lung, the mediastinum (sp?) hilar region and 1 adrenal gland may be affected, (they weren't sure about the adrenal) I thought extensive meant that the cancer was in other parts of the body? She hasn't had radiation yet because according to the docs, the field would be too large as she's rather petite, and would have been too much for her to handle. Today he suggested 1 of 2 approaches for radiation (up until now he said he didn't think he'd be doing radiation at all - which muddles things further for me) 1. Gentle Approach - monitor for new growth after chemo finishes and if/when it occurs - blast it with radiation. 2. Aggressive Approach - chest radiation as well as brain radiation. (PCI or WBR I assume) after chemo finishes. I don't like that he told her this offered a small %'age chance of a "cure", but mom seems to be leaning towards this option because "a small chance is better than no chance". On the other hand, the Rad. Onc. himself apparently said that if it were him, he wasn't sure he'd put himself thru the process for such a small chance. (?!) I feel like I'm back on the roller coaster we were all on back in September when she was diagnosed. Things seemed to be going well, but I'm all panicked now. What do you guys think? Does this sound like standard treatment for extensive SC? And which option is preferable? Is there a "standard" treatment for SC? Oncodoc, please feel free to comment! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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