Posted by artemis
on September 16, 2000 at 07:48:08:
In Reply to: small cell lung cancer mets posted by diana on September 13, 2000 at 11:09:25:
Take a deep breath. Although none of us knows the outcome of this disease, you are not going to lose your mother soon. My husband has lived for 17 months after brain surgery and whole brain radiation. I would have made other recommendations to you, but since she is already undergoing WBR, it's unnecessary. I have learned two lessons in this journey - the first is that you have to keep the lung cancer under control; it's the only way to prevent the mets. Now, once the mets present themselves, it's telling you that it's still there and has to be fought. You need to ask her doctor's whether they think the cancer is spreading via the blood or spinal fluid. Then, you have to find the proper treatment. Please visit the following sites as they are very aggressive in treating lung cancer. You can e-mail them with your questions: www.mc.vanderbilt.edu or www.canctr.mc.duke/edu.
You have to become knowledgeable about the possibilities; talk to the doctors (letting them know you have read about this) and determine the future treatments. It is not time for you to lose your mother. Best wishes.