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Posted by rosilita on March 28, 2000 at 20:22:29:

In Reply to: I think the Doctors have given up on my Mom(long) posted by Diane on March 28, 2000 at 20:11:23:

: My mother was diagnosed in September 1999 with non small cell lung cancer. She was first
: treated with carbo and taxol along with radiation. The second dose of Taxol she had an allergic
: reaction and almost died. She kept going to radiation. They tried another drug with carbo ( can't recall
: the name right now) she felt really good on the drug the first week. Then her platlet count dropped,
: they stopped all chemo, and finished the 35 radiation treatments. The tumor did not shrink as much,
: as the doctors hoped.

: When asked if she would get more chemo, they said it would be only if the cancer spread. Well,
: last month they found beads of cancer forming on the outside of her lung and cancer cells in the fluid
: around her lung. Today her doctors said they really didn't see any use in giving her more chemo
: since she reacted so badly to it the first 2 trys. It has not spread to anyplace else yet, that they have found.
: I feel like they have given up on her now. We have requested another doctor for the past 3 weeks,
: but the same one keeps seeing her. We even sent the nurse to tell the other DR. that we wanted him
: to see my mother today, but the same Dr. keeps coming in. They work on the same team, but the Dr. we
: want seems to be more aggressive.
: Does anyone know what drugs work best the second time around? By the way she was diagnosed
: with stage IIIA adenocarcinoma. They were unable to do surgery. Any comments would be appreciated.
when, you say adenocarcinoma, was it classiyed as non small cell? or as another catagory? What is her age? Have you looked into clinical trials? The blood counts droping is a typical thing with many chemo's shouldn't be a reason for droping chemo altoghether, maybe a delay until her count comes back up.does she have any other health problems that would exculde her from clinical trials? I beleive a new drug was just approved for non-small cell, but i would have to check what it is. Is this a small town hospital?

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