poggie Posted December 16, 2003 Share Posted December 16, 2003 I'm sorry to bother everyone again. We got more bad news yesterday. My mother in law's MRI of the brain came back with at least two mets. This wasn't picked up on either CT or PET scan. As a result, she is no longer a canidate for the other clinical trial that she had hoped to participate in. The doctor always refers to the cancer as a "lesion". I don't want to sound dumb but is that the same as a tumor? The other thing is that we asked him what type of cancer it is? He said that they are getting away from giving cancer a "name" besides NSCLC. If he had to, he would call it "undifferentiated". He also refered to her cancer as "primitive". The MRI showed two lesions in the brain that are 4 mm is size. The plan right now is to start chemo (carbo and taxol) tomorrow. In 21 days another round of chemo. After that, he wants another MRI of the brain. Depending on what that shows, she may continue with the same chemo, different chemo or radiation. After talking to the doctor yesterday, I felt a little at peace. Just knowing that SOMETHING is going to start. Later last night, I talked to a neighbor. She is a radiation tech at another hosptial. She asked about my mil. When she heard about the lesions in the brain, she said that isn't good at all. She said that we need to be sure to make this Christmas special~~for my 3 girls as well as my mil because this will probably be her last Christmas with us. My heart sank again. My mother in law is not in any pain and has no sign of cancer beside a cough that some times nags her. What should we expect with the chemo tomorrow? She is going to have a port a cath put in first. I've asked the doctor to give us a life expectancy. His response is always, let's wait and see how she responds to the treatment. Any ideas? Thanks! 71 year old mother in law~~stage I breast cancer 1989 right side mastectomy but no chemo or radiation diagnosed Oct'03 NSCLC right lung pos. needle biopsy Nov'03 in one lymph node right side near neck mets in two places of the spine Dec'03 possible mets in right hip Dec'03 4 mm mets in brainDec03 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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