battleofbrooklyn Posted August 30, 2005 Share Posted August 30, 2005 My mom was dx'd at end of Apr. with SCLC extensive. Mets to liver and hilar. Bone and brain scan at time clean, but MRI's of spine and brain last month were lit up. After two rounds of Cisplatin and Etoposide, doc said there was 50 percent shrinkage. Today we heard results of CT scan after five rounds: 80 to 85 percent shrinkage. She has one of more round of chemo (this week) and then a "treatment break" with a CT scan in two months to see if things are stable. Doc indicated more chemo or radiation not recommended. My mother was very disappointed by the 85% figure. I had given her some stories of long term SCLC survivors and all of them went into full remission after their first-line chemo. She feels if there's any cancer left after this final chemo, it's certain to have grown by the next scan. She didn't voice this to the doctor but to me afterward, although she really likes the onco and thinks she's getting quality care (Sloan-Kettering). I'm just not sure what to say to her at this point. I told her we could get a second opinion but she's not interested. I feel like she's been really strong and optimistic up till now -- which helped her weather the chemo -- and I'd like to say something that will keep her spirits up. Any thoughts? Thank you so much. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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