catlady91 Posted July 18, 2020 Share Posted July 18, 2020 My mum was diagnosed with stage 3B non-small cell squamous cell lung cancer in Feb and underwent chemo and four or five weeks of very intensive radiotherapy. Now since June, she has been having immunotherapy (durvalumab or imfimzi). Mum is doing really well and is very active and in good spirits. I have some days where I feel really depressed and am scared that my mum won't make it long-term. I Google everything about lung cancer and get upset. Statistics on 5 year survival vary for stage 3B from 3- 35%. Also it says online that stage 3B lung cancer can't be cured but the oncologist said that they're aiming to cure my mum. She made it seem like my mum's 5-year survival rate was high. Another oncologist on the team also confirmed that they're still aiming for a cure. The doctors seem to be very positive despite my mum having such an advanced stage and they keep commenting on how well she looks. Why is it that these different articles online say different things even if they're medical websites? Also can immunotherapy result in long-term remission? I've read that in most cases immunotherapy delays the progression. Even if lung cancer returns can it be successfully treated and go away? My mum doesn't have any mutations as far as I'm concerned and she has 80% PD-L1. I can't imagine my mum not being around for a long time. I say that my mum will live to be 102 (she's currently 71)! The future is very scary and my mum has another scan coming up soon? Whenever I search the internet most of the articles say that stage 3 lung cancer isn't treatable and doesn't have a good prognosis but there seem to be a lot of survivors out there. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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