My mother (age 62, has non-small-cell lung cancer, I believe it is stage IV)has been battling this for over a year. She had to go into the hospital yesterday, and will be there for at least 6 more nights as she is having fluid that has accumilated around her lung (causing her to not be able to hardly breathe) drained. Her doctor decided that she needs to start chemo again, this time doing the, as she put it "old fashioned" type of chemo called (and I'm not sure of the spelling) "cystoplasm" for four months. They will be starting it on Friday. She had another type of chemo done about 6 months ago, tha lasted 6 months. She had no upset stomach, her hair fell out, but her nose hair and eyebrows only fell out about a third of the way. She had to be on steriods also, and was, of course, tired. But she was impressed with it. This method that she is facing is scaring her, and my mother has never EVER admitted being frightened of ANYTHING to me in her whole life.
I told her I would ask around here to see if anyone's gone through it and what they experienced. Her doctor said that she could face loss of hearing and tingling throughout her body, but that's about all he's said (or all she remembers).
Also, has anyone ever had problems with fluids accumilating around their lungs? The fluid is pressing on her lungs, making it very hard for her to breathe. She's had it drained at least 4 times as an outpatient, and now is in the hsopital with a chest tube that will be in place until Friday.
Thanks for any help - she counts on her "internet-daughter" to help her find stuff out.