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Posted by Jean Gonsioroski on March 31, 2000 at 14:57:33:

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:

:I do know of something that could help your mom email me and i will tell you about it, having been a nurse for 38 years and in research i have found a few answers. Jean 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.

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