z Posted April 20, 2006 Share Posted April 20, 2006 Hi Friends, It has been a while since I wrote - it has been a crazy time, and I always get sort of overwhelmed with everything there is to do. Last I had a round of adjuvant chemo - Gemzar. Took one round, and then my counts were always too low to get the next round. During this time, someone at my lung cancer support group noticed that the lymph node on my neck (right above the collar bone) seemed swollen. 2 days later I pointed that out to the oncologist, he called in the pathology team, they did a needle biopsy right there on the spot, and what do you know - squamous cell all over again. I was hoping that the radiation, chemo and surgery would have put an end to this struggle, but no... I am rather devastated, of course, but plugging along. Have had 2 opinions so far. Both want to do radiation with chemo, and then more chemo. One suggests 60 Gy over 6 weeks, another 50 GY over 5 weeks and then a week of cyber knife directed to the obviously affected lymph nodes. They want to do chemo concurrently. My current oncologist wants to do weekly carboplatin/taxol again, cause it seemed to have worked well with radiation last time. Then more chemo after radiation... The other team wants to do cisplating/etoposide, or alimpta... Her hesitation makes me a bit nervous - I would like to see a reasonable argument for why one and not the other. That is my current situation. Has anyone dealt with something similar - with the supraclavicular nodes? And has anyone had etoposide, or alimpta, and what have been your experiences? Thanks, Z Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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