masspa Posted December 5, 2006 Share Posted December 5, 2006 Hi, I've been reading your stories of hope since my mom was told she has a "spot" on her lung in late october (this was after 8 months of chronic, racking cough), Now with more information (and some time to accept that Mom has lung cancer, and be ready to fight), I'm ready to post - so here it is My mom is 83 and has been recently diagnosed with Non small cell lung cancer - her bronchoscopy yielded small path specimens, but from what they can tell, it's squamous cell. Her main tumor seems to ne in and around her Left mainstem bronchus and left pulmonary artery - both are still patent, but surgery really isn't an option. SHe smoked for 25 years, but quit 15 years ago. She's otherwise healthy, and has a great support system, as well as a fabuously positive attitude. We've seen the medical oncologist at Dana Farber who recommended sequential chemo then radiation given my Mom's age and prosimity of the tumor to her heart and great vessels. SHe's calling it stage IIIA (or B, we'd need a mediastinoscopy to confirm no spread to those nodes - but none lit up on the pet) Her plan was for 2 cycles of taxol/carbo, then re-evaluate and eith continue with that combo, start radiation, or change drugs - depending on whether the tumor shrinks, stays the same or grows - obviously we're all hoping it shrinks. Mom went for her first treatment last week, but unfortunately was not able to tolerate the taxol. she had two different episodes of shortness of breath after 8-10 cc of the infusion, so the decision was to wait until the next week (12/8) when she'll meet with her doc again, and probably start with carbo/gemzar. Anyone have any thoughts?? We were disappointed that the taxol didn't work - both because we were anxious to start shrinking things,and because our impression is that gemzar is kinda the second choice and might not be as affective. Mom has an appointment for a second opinion at a closer facility, but for now we're gonna stay with the Dana Farber plan. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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