Guest JasonChang Posted September 12, 2003 Share Posted September 12, 2003 Hi. everyone, I'm new to this board, but I posted in the topic regarding surgery in SCLC. My father was diagnosed in Early Feb. 2003 with sclc. From what i understand he had limited sclc with one primary tumor in his left long that measured 9cm's. The doctor referred to it as a softball. The plan was to start chemotherapy and also radiation therapy. His regime included vp16, and cisplatin, 3 days a week, with a 3 week break, folling a another 3 days. He did this until 12 days of chemotherapy was completed. My dad did pretty well with the nausea, and made sure to force him self to get some food down even when he wasn't feeling hungry. Well after both treatments, then he had a ct scan to see where we stood. They only found one suspicous thing. 1cm, they thought it was probably residue. Since my dad's performance status was pretty good, his oncologists discussed having surgery to remove the left over residue. He had the surgery and everything was sucessful. He was considered to be in remission. I talked to my dad about getting PCI, but he wasn't too sure of what it was. I thought his radiation oncologist would offer this to him considering his status, but he did not. and my dad never talked to hima bout it, i had always planned to go with my dad to his meetings, but something would always come up the day of his appointments. A few days after the surgery my dad had a little pain near his incisions, and also around his left ribcage, there apparently were scabs around this area too. So we thought it was from the surgery procedure and were never to worried about it. Well 3 months pass by, my dad feels pretty good, is starting to ride his bike more often as well as go on light jogs. Ct scans, for his 3 month check up, come back with bad news. :-/ the cancer is back in a few different spots. The report noted, that there had been interval development of a left sided pleura effusion with loculations anteriorly and posteriorly mainly along the mediastinal recess and the paravertebral gutter it also notes a large airspace disease along the posterior and lateral basal segments of the left lower lobe. its either tumor recurrence or metastasis. To make things a little worse, they found two large subpleural nodules at the diaphramgatic surface. I think this would explain the pain my dad had near the spot he had surgery. Also found a left adrenal mass measuring 2.9x2.6 cms and one more ill defined lesion in his right hepatic lobe. So im assuming he has 4 new tumors? Im not too sure, but if someone can explain this I'd be grateful. From what i read about recurrence, prognosis, isn't too good. However, I'll keep the faith . his doctor, wants to do topetecan, with cytoxan. his doctor couldnt gurantee anything but said there's some hope with these two. He starts the chemo tomorrow for one day a week, for 3 weeks straight, followed by a 1 week break and plans to use it until it stops working. I just wanted to know, what other regimes are out there for recurrance or metastasis disease? Im sorry this post is so long, but im just a bit scared . my dads 54 and im 20. any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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