Originally Posted by DADDY'SLILGIRL
The reason I ask is because my father; who has stage II NSCLC had his lobectomy in December and then in January had 3/4 of his stomach removed for adenocarcinoma as well. All lymph nodes were clear in both surgeries. After speaking the oncologist; we were all under the understanding that chemo would be a conservative more than a cure treatment since he seemed to have been "cured" from the surgeries. The way we understood was that the chemo would only give him 10% more of a long term cure rate. So we are thinking why go through chemo if it only improves your odds by 10%.
What do you think? We need some opinions.
I'm Stage IV NSCLC and sure I thought about NOT doing the chemo. For me it isn't going to cure my cancer, but is merely a palliative treatment. My cancer spread to the brain, so I just do what I can to UP my chances to live as long as I can!!
The problem as I see it, and it is only my opinion, is that all the tests that there are today cannot detect ALL of the cancer cells in the body. One cancer cell or maybe even one thousand cells are so small even the most advanced tests can't "SEE" them. So if I were stage II, yes I'd definetly choose chemo treatments. Cancer can be extremely aggressive and opportunistic, so I say do what you can to get rid of them.
Good Luck to you and Your Dad.