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Posted by rosilita on April 11, 2000 at 09:13:45:

In Reply to: How Much Time Does My Mother Have...Please Respond posted by Stewart on April 11, 2000 at 06:20:51:

: My mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in July of 99. It is not operable. She has undergone chemo, her tumor has gone from the size of an orange to the size of a walnut and she is still on chemo.

: Her Dr.'s are always positive, as they should be, but no is talking about longivity. Could someone please tell me, approx. how much time does she have. I need to be prepared. Thanks.

each person needs to be given there chance that is why dr.s don't tell you time. the person i am researching for has limited small cell, and with treatment 15 to 24 months is average. but i have told her not to give up. there seems to be a limited window of opprotunity within 4 to 6 weeks after the end of 1st line treatment(like your mom is still in?) that there is an opprotunity to go into an innume system study and delay the return or permanently kill it. there is a study called the bac2 being done in 30 something locations in the country. the tumor dosen't have to be in complete remission, just responding to 1st line treatment. it does not carry the toxic side effects like chemo. also there are angiogensis drugs under development for lung cancer astrozeneca currently is testing for nonsmall cell and expects to be testing in future for small cell, i beleieve sugen is developing one also. the hope of these pills is you just take one a day and control the cancer like you would diabetes. they are still understudy so that is where immune system studies can buy time,don't give up!!

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