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My mum went to see her doctor today and he said that her response to treatment has been excellent and that he's 100% happy with her results. There's very little left of the original tumour. Before treatment it was 37mm (3.7 cm) and now it's 3mm (0.3 cm). He said that there may still be scar tissue or remaining cancer cells but they don't know. Hopefully the immunotherapy will get rid of the remaining cancer cells if there are any left. 

I thought that I'd share the update. The report has finally been written up by the specialist radiographer. With the remaining cells if there are any, do you think that immunotherapy will get rid of them? 

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Great news.  I don't know what your Mom's treatment consisted of, but I also had a good result after 4 treatments of Alimta/Carboplatin/Keytruda.  My scan was clear and I was put on maintenance which consists of Alimta/Keytruda for another 2 months and then Keytruda alone for 2 years (from the date of the original diagnosis).

Deb

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1 hour ago, Deb W said:

Great news.  I don't know what your Mom's treatment consisted of, but I also had a good result after 4 treatments of Alimta/Carboplatin/Keytruda.  My scan was clear and I was put on maintenance which consists of Alimta/Keytruda for another 2 months and then Keytruda alone for 2 years (from the date of the original diagnosis).

Deb

My mum was first given radiation and 2 rounds of aggressive chemo (I think it was carboplatin). She had four weeks of radiation- it was short but intensive. Then two months after she started immunotherapy (imfimzi aka durvalumab). She's been on immunotherapy since June and will continue on it for a year. What stage and type of lung cancer were you diagnosed with? 

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That is great news!  Oncologists seem to be intuitively ahead of the radiologists when reading the scans and assessing scar tissue.  My doc thought my tumor was scar tissue in February, 2019, but the radiologist didn't draw the same conclusion until May, 2020.  The treatment combination you Mum has received is with curative intent, sounds like she's well on her way!

Michelle 

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Great news!  If the unknown tissue is remaining cancer cells, the immunotherapy has a good chance at cleaning those up too, since it has done such a good job so far.  Areas being attacked by the immune system also swell, looking like the cancer has grown, this could also be an explanation as well.  

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