Re: Surgery for stage lV NSCLC
Sorry to hear aboout your sister and no most doctors will not do surgery for Stage IV NSCLC. That being said when my mom also stage IV NSCLC learned she had it I did major research on late stage lung cancers. Most doctors say surgery will not help: however I have found a few stories of people that found that mavrick surgeon that said " Ok I will do surgery" and as a result these people were still alive years later to tell their stories, One is a woman that had Mesothelioma and they all told her she could not be cured, they could not do surgery etc yet she did not stop until she found a doctor willing to remove the tumors from her lung..well 12 years later she wrote a book about it and I guess has spent the years touring and speaking about it. The book is at my mom's and I can not recall her name but next week can see if I can find the book.
On the internet I found a story about another late stage lung cancer patient that also refused the " No we do not do surgery on that stage" she too found a surgeon and he did lung resections twice and it had been a number of years and she was still alive.
My personal opinion as to why stage IV lung cancer patients do not survive long is that the doctors refuse to be aggressive in the treatment. It seems the long term survivors are those that found a doctor willing to treat it in an aggressive fashion, willing to take a risk. With things like cyberknife out there I do not see why they couldn't do surgery on your sister then zap that met with cyberknife. Will it save her life? Only God knows that answer but I would think it could buy her more time then most stage IV lung cancer victims get.
I have heard of a doctor somewhere on the east coast that is treating stage IV aggressively and his patients are surviving longer.Maybe it is the same doctor? Anyway being about the same age as your sister I would meet with that doctor and see what he has to say and if it looked like it would buy me a few more years then most I would go for it as there are so many drugs in clinical trials now that who knows what will be available in 5 years but maybe it could be something that could control the cancer or cure it. I know if I was stage IV I would be thinking what have I got to loose?..my life , yes but the cancer is going to take that verses what could I gain?..once again my life. It sounds .like a big risk but what are your options? My hats off to this doctor for thinking stage IV patients are worth trying to save!
Best of luck to your sister. Let us know what she decides as no matter what all the prayers she will get from people here on this site will help. JanMarie
Last edited by Janmarie2; 08-10-2006 at 06:02 PM.