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Posted by diana on October 07, 2000 at 13:23:14:

In Reply to: small cell lung cancer posted by Lisa on October 06, 2000 at 23:23:30:

: My mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in
: July. She is currently taking chemotherapy (third round) and will begin radiation at the end of October.
: I would like to hear from anyone with information about this type of cancer. What side effects did you have from the radiation? chemotherapy? She is considering a trial involving a vaccine at Duke. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 but the doctors are saying their is no relationship between the two. I'd appreciate any info you might have.
i don't mean to scare you, my mother died last week from small cell. she had radiation and chemo, cisplatin, carboplatin. she went into remission. most everyone will go into remission.she also went into a clinical trial with a vaccine. i don't recall the name of it, but it has a good track record. i don't know why it didn't work for her. her doctors in a small town, i beleive killed her. she was slurring her speech for quite a while(at least a month) and her doctors talked my father out of a brain scan saying it was nothing.by time they did agree to a scan she had brain and liver metastasis. she died in two weeks from the time of that scan. she became unable to talk and turned jaundice. if she had ever got enough strength there is a new drug out there that has high expectations we were going to put her in. the cancer dosent get resistant to it. if i can find the name of it, i'll write back. best wishes to you and your mother.


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