Drew Posted September 13, 2022 Share Posted September 13, 2022 Hi all my 81 year old relatively healthy mom was recently diagnosed last week with stage 4 nsclc with malignant effusion and bilateral lymph node involvement. Pet scan revealed one small lesion on her spine but no other involvement in any nearby organs in addition to a clean brain mri. We have an appointment next week to meet with an oncologist and to devise a treatment plan. In the meantime we are waiting on the molecular lab results to see (and are praying and hoping) whether she tests positive for any markers that would qualify her for targeted therapy. She has never smoke or drank a day in her life. what concerns me however is my mom has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for the past five years which she has been taking biologicals for (enbrel) in addition to her osteoporosis. I’ve been doing a ton of reading obviously since the diagnosis and am placing a lot of hope on the possibility of immunotherapy if she doesn’t qualify for any targeted therapy. However I’m concerned they may tell her she can’t have any immunotherapy because of her RHeumatoid arthritis. Does anyone have any background with this? Aside from the RA my mom is healthy, mobile and has no signs or symptoms that she’s even sick. Her only complain was a lack of appetite and weight loss the past few months which triggered us down this path. Any advise or direction would be appreciated. I just don’t want my mom to suffer through chemo and radiation. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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