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Posted by Lisa on October 08, 2000 at 15:17:10:

In Reply to: Re: small cell lung cancer posted by artemis on October 07, 2000 at 06:30:53:

: : My mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in
: : July. She is currently taking chemotherapy (third round) and will begin radiation at the end of October.
: : I would like to hear from anyone with information about this type of cancer. What side effects did you have from the radiation? chemotherapy? She is considering a trial involving a vaccine at Duke. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 but the doctors are saying their is no relationship between the two. I'd appreciate any info you might have.
: Lisa,

: My husband has been battling small cell lung cancer for 18 months. I am sorry to say that he is now paralyzed as a result of a spinal tumor. You will find the difficulty dealing with lung cancer treatments is that everyone reacts differently to the treatments. My husband was fortunate - he tolerated chemo very well. Where is your mother having the radiation? Brain or lung? My husband has had both. Has she had a brain MRI? It is very important to keep up with this. Duke seems to be doing some aggressive treatments for lung cancer. Glad to see someone is taking this seriously. What type of vaccine is she considering? Is her disease limited or extensive?
When my mom was diagnosed the cancer was only in one lung (the same side where she had breast cancer. The doctors are planning to give radiation to the lung. The brain (PCI) was mentioned but mom has almost decided not to do it because she has heard bad things about side effects. How has your husband reacted to the radiation to the brain. What about side effects from the lung radiation? Did he take radiation and chemotherapy at the same time? If so, how did that effect him? Was his cancer limited or extended? The vaccine at Duke is a trial. I'm not sure about the name of it but I've heard that it has been tried at other places and is around 85% effective. Vaccines are given at intervals.
Mom goes for her brain, bone and chest scans on October 11. She has another appointment at Duke on October 19 for them to check her treatment progress. Mom started her treatments at Duke but her insurance would not pay for the cancer center only Duke University Medical Center.

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