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Posted by rosilita on May 08, 2000 at 11:32:31:

In Reply to: small cell carcinoma help posted by kris on May 08, 2000 at 02:53:31:

: I have a friend who was just diagnosed with smallcell carcinoma. I am trying to get her some support. I hooked her up on the internet but we are both pretty illiterate at finding support groups. I m glad i found you. If any one has any good links to send me we would both appreciate it. God bless you all : kris

one thing your friend should understand is there is alot of disagreement on how to treat this disease (because not much progress has been made everyone is trying different things. i don't know what stage hers is in but their is certain issues. usually first line therapy works great. usually cisplatin and etopside along with radiation. the current thinking is twice a day radiation done early in the cemo cyles along concurently with the radiation offers the best chance of sucess. if she is elderly carboplatin can be substiuted for cisplatin. when she goes into remission becomes the real challenge. there are differences of opinion on different types of clinical trials to keep it from coming back, because it has a very high rate of reoccurence. the issue of brain radiation is also controversial. some doctors use it to prevent brain metastasis(after the first line therapy is done) some don't. finally there are second line drugs for reoccurences that are standard and some in trials. the point is make sure someone knows all of the issues, and make sure you have second opinions in treatment of this disease, maybe even thirds. you can punch in small cell lung cancer and get the reccomendations from the national cancer insitue itself, slso their cancernet site has all their clinical trials. their is a site you can search for with the words major cancer centers which has a hyperlink to the top cancer centers in the us with all of their clincial trials. the university of pennsylvania has a great site , finally you can punch in the national library of medicine and go into their meline plus and do search's for articles of any drugs or subject you want and you'll get synopsis of published articles on different trials and drugs. depending on the mindset of your friend she may not want to know all of this as the statistics quoted are grim and may be detremential to her knowing them, but someone else could do it for her. good luck to you

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