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It came yesterday finally, instead of last Fri. I posted last week that Bob's

info was going before this "board" which I now understand is normal, and that we would have the recomendation for further treatment a week ago. Well they didnt discuss his case until yesterday. When the PA of the surgeon who did his segmentectomy on 3/26 called, she said the consensus of the board was that there are no studies on the effects of chemo and rad. on people over 75 (he is 76). Therefore they reccomend that he simply have CAT or chest xrays with his primary phys. every 4 months! He had 2 out of 8 nodes involved and they cant tell him the location of those. They also do not necessarily believe he is clean. He feels like they said "ok you are old so forget it". We could use some input please from the exp. and wisdom of all of you. It's not that he is anxious to go through anything more with treatment, but he feels uneasy. Maybe anyone would with this monster disease. Feeling a bit frustrated.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers for Bob and Jo.


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Maybe Bob could seek a second opinion with an oncologist willing to treat an "older gentlemen" so there ARE some numbers on how well chemo/rad works on 'em! I don't think radiation would be as draining as chemo and don't understand why he wouldn't be a candidate for that - although the big hospital I went to for a second opinion sent me home with the same directions Bob received - no treatment, just watch it (and I was 34).

I DID have radiation through my local oncologist, attempted Iressa and am now on the watching/waiting protocol...clean so far.

Again, my suggestion would be a second opinion....


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I did a Google search using “treating older lung cancer patients” and came up with the following articles for starters. As usual, there are 2 divergent views regarding what approach to take, Maybe more information will help your friend make up his mind as to what is right for him. I also second others who have suggested seeking more opinions. Best of luck, blessings, and prayers.

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/conte ... Cancer.asp


http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/show/N ... 3?order=50

http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/w ... 0072_8.htm

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... id=&state=

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Please seek a second opinion.

My Mom's oncologist basically told her thae same thing when she was diagnosed with breast cancer (she was 77 at the time) but left it up to my Mom to decide if she would like to have chemo or not. My Mom opted for chemo and did fine. Although breast cancer is totally different from lung cancer, my point is that the decision to have treatment or not should be left up to the individual.

Once again, I urge you to get a second opinion.

Good luck and praying for guidance for your friend Bob.


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Thanks for all the input. Bob will see his primary on Monday, and hopefully go to another doc for second opinion within the next week. Going to ask his prim. for a referral to one. Tiny, thanks for all the research. We will look up and read at these sites as well.

Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

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