My mom just receive news she has lung cancer and is nonoperatable

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RE: My mom just receive news she has lung cancer and is nonoperatable

by Linda4242 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 3/18/2009 albert1730111 wrote:

I am very concern, our doctor told us the bad news today and told us that it is in the final stages and that it is not operatable because there is too much fluid in the lungs. She will have a second opinion but the doctor said that he is 90% sure it is cancer. She will have a CT scan on Monday to see how big the tumor is and where it is. The world is so unfair my mom doesn't smoke and she is heathy why does this have to happen to her. I saw on most website that the survival rate is 5-10% for five years. Does that mean I only able to be with my mom for maybe less then five years. Is there any new kind of drug that help her apart from Cemo? Thanks for all your concerns

Hi, Albert~ 

    Wait for the CT and talk to an oncologist before you and your mom make any decisions.  I also have inoperable, incurable lung cancer, and chemo was not successful for me -- but my diagnosis was 9 months ago and I still feel good.  There are good drugs out there now, and more are coming on the market all the time. Right now I'm taking Tarceva.

     I was never a smoker either, but fairness is never the issue when illness is involved.  Just try to be as supportive of your mom as you can.  If she is like most of us who have children, she will be more worried about how YOU are taking the news than how she is herself.  I will be praying for her long life, and for you, Albert.   -- Linda

RE: My mom just receive news she has lung cancer and is nonoperatable

by Linda4242 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hello again, Albert~

     Tarceva is a "second line" drug which is usually given after more "tried and true" drugs have failed.  I was on a combination of Alimpta, carboplatin, and Avastin.  Those drugs were very good initially and the tumor shrunk considerably, but after six infusions (at 3 week intervals) the tumor began to grow again.  So, the doctor gave me nothing for 30 days and then started me on Tarceva.  The tumor is shrinking again now, but he tells me that nevertheless, I will "always" have the cancer, so the object is to just keep going as long as possible. 

    I am about the same age as your mother, and my son is finding this very difficult, too.  I keep a bright outlook for him as much as for myself. If you don't mind a suggestion, write your mother a thank you letter for all she has done for you.  My son did this for me and there was no better gift I could have asked for in the world.  

     Have a safe journey, Albert.   -- Linda 

RE: My mom just receive news she has lung cancer and is nonoperatable

by Chessie on Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:00 AM

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While it is true tarceva is a second line drug, it is prescribed as first line also.  Tarceva is the  only treatment I have ever had.  No IV chemo, no radiation, and no surgery.

Diagnosed Oct 2006 with stage 4 nsclc and still going strong.  Work full time. 

Tarceva is a wonder drug.   If she can get on it, it could work wonders.  But don't make any decisions until you know exactly what you are dealing with, type cancer, stage, etc.

Good luck and God Bless 

 

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