Jump to content

dad's scan results - when does chemo start to work?

Guest a.

Recommended Posts


My father recently reached the half-way mark for his chemo - he completed three rounds of cisplatin/VP16. Last week he had scans done to see how the chemo is working, and we got the results today. The doctor said that the tumor in his lung has shrunk, but that the liver looks more or less the same. He said he considers the shrinking of the lung tumor to be a sign that the cancer is responding to the chemo, and told my dad that he'll have three more rounds (as originally planned.)

I'm worried about the liver not being any different. Is there a chance that his liver tumor will shrink with the next three rounds of chemo? Does chemo shrink the primary tumor first? Is this response too slow?

Please help,


Link to comment
Share on other sites

My mom took the same chemo combo as yours. She did have positive results on her liver at the halfway or more point in her chemo treatment, so it was working for her. However, her CT scan after her 6th treatment showed the cancer growing back again in the liver and she has discomfort in that area. Right now she is on a drug called Gleevec, and we're just kind of waiting to see how this goes.

Hope things go well for you.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.