Inkerdoodler Posted January 1, 2006 Share Posted January 1, 2006 I'm curious if anyone else has had any experience with this: My DH completed his treatment with Taxotere at the end of October. In a followup Ct, they said they see "some changes" that look like tiny white spots in a totally different area of the lung from the initial mass (which has shrunk significantly) but nobody seems to be able to say what the spots are for sure as they are not consistent with with what they have seen before. Neither the docs nor radiologist, nor pulmonologist are sure. They said it "could be" infection so they put him on several rounds of antibiotics... each one for two weeks, with no significant change in the spots. Doc does not want to assume it is progression of the cancer and start him on new chemo unless he is sure it is cancer. The pulmonologist can do a bronchoscopy and biopsy but Jim is apprehensive about that due to some mistakes that were made the last time he had this procedure at the hospital (it's a large teaching hospital and we can't imagine how they could allow such errors to happen). It's only done under local anesthesia though. CT scheduled for Tuesday to see if there are any additional changes before a decision about the biospy. In the past few weeks he has also developed hoarseness and cough that are "different" but the GP thinks that could also be upper respiratiory infection that is viral in nature so it's not touched by antibiotics. The hoarseness could also be due to the tumor pressing on nerves that control the vocal cords, but we don't know for sure. Of course we are always apprehensive about any new developments that could be related to the cancer. Any advice/experience you have to relate would be appreciated! Sandy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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