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Posted by artemis on August 11, 2000 at 06:26:35:

In Reply to: artemis, i'm sorry one more question posted by diana on August 10, 2000 at 21:00:09:

: i don't know if i'm repeating myself. thank you for the answers on brain radiation, for now we are not going ahead with it, this is my other question right now she has a new spot inbetween the lungs(my mother) first the doctors were going to check it again in 3 months and now they are saying they will check it in 1 month. if the cancer has come back and she is out of remission she will have to go onto (2nd line?) therapies. has your husband used any of these? From your own experiance with your husband, which ones work best? How is your husband by the way? i hope he is still ok. shari and sari thank you for your posts. i don't know anyone whose family member has sclc, you guys help trmemendously.
When my husband had his recurrence, they stayed with the first line treatment of cisplatin/etoposide. But the difference was that he also had 2x daily lung radiation. I think that is the key. They feel it is not appropriate for small-cell lung cancer patients, but we were fortunate to have a radiation oncologist who looked at my husband as a 'whole' person and evaluate his situation. They felt he could tolerate the treatment. It was rough, but with a lot of 'you can do it', he's doing quite well. As far as second-line chemo, I like what they are saying about camptosar/cisplatin. They have had success with response even with people who have had previous chemo. I will look for an article that I read about lung radiation for you to show your mom's doctor.

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