dr_lindac Posted August 23, 2007 Share Posted August 23, 2007 Hi - Mom was diagnosed in March as limited stage SCLC. She's had 6 rounds of carboplatin/VP16 and 3 weeks of twice-a-day chest radiation. Her CT scan this week showed further reduction of the cancer in her lung and mediastinum, but it is still there. It was explained to her that the radiation was done to contain the cancer, and that radiation doesn't necessarily eliminate it altogether. Her doctor says (and I had read) that the protocol is to give 6 rounds of chemo; more than 6 rounds has not been shown to have any benefit. The current plan is to do nothing except give her another CT scan in 3 months to see what's happening. Possible PCI in a few weeks, but they want her to recover from the chest radiation (she's pretty spent). The doctor told her that in > 50% of the SCLC cases, the cancer will move elsewhere within a year of diagnosis. Doctor was happy with the scan, however. My question is: If she still has the cancer (which she does) but it is not being treated at all, could it remain localized indefinitely and not move elsewhere? I mean, can a person say that their SCLC is "in remission"? Seems to me that if it's still there it's going to spread, just a question of when. (I wasn't at the appt. with her because I live 2000 miles away, and would have asked this question if I'd been there.) Keeping all in this forum in my thoughts and prayers, Linda Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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