summeron2001 Posted April 1, 2008 Share Posted April 1, 2008 My name is Sylvia - I am 62 years old. Diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with Stage 3b NSCL. No signs of cancer - found in x-ray for sore rib. Thoracic surgeon - two nodules in right lung - too close to heart to operate. Bone scan - okay. Brain Scan okay. Started chemo and radiation together. There were also two small spots in lung that they didn't think were anything. Chemo and radiation successful on two major spots - spots gone. Follow-up 6 months later two small spots growing. 30 days of radiation. Got one spot. Next 6 month CT Scan showed more growth. Put on Tarceva last September - on it for two months - main spot - lost weight - rash, etc. Tarceva didn't work at all - main spot grew 2 cm. Wait three months - main spot still growing - metastized - many pin-point spots in both lungs. More chemo offered -can't do more radiation because of other small spots. Put chemo off - went to Mexico for a week's all inclusive - had a great time. March appointment I put off chemo again - new grandchild arriving in May. This week scheduled for bone scan and CT Scan on chest. Oncologist on April 11th - will have to make decision. Alternative stuff I am taking - Dr. Budwig's cottage cheeze and flax oil, phytoplakton and Flor Essence. Feel well - sometimes tired half way through the day. Worked full time except when on chemo/radiation at the beginning then went back and have been off again since December 11th to recoup after Tarceva. Oncologist said in Oct that I maybe had a year left - but I DON'T THINK SO! I remain positive and do lots of research, walk and enjoy every day. They told me at the very beginning that without treatment I only had about six months and maybe longer with treatment - well guess what it has been 3 1/2 years. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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