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Posted by tonya on November 21, 2000 at 22:55:09:

In Reply to: Re: small cell lung cancer posted by diana on October 07, 2000 at 13:23:14:

: : 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.
: i don't mean to scare you, my mother died last week from small cell. she had radiation and chemo, cisplatin, carboplatin. she went into remission. most everyone will go into remission.she also went into a clinical trial with a vaccine. i don't recall the name of it, but it has a good track record. i don't know why it didn't work for her. her doctors in a small town, i beleive killed her. she was slurring her speech for quite a while(at least a month) and her doctors talked my father out of a brain scan saying it was time they did agree to a scan she had brain and liver metastasis. she died in two weeks from the time of that scan. she became unable to talk and turned jaundice. if she had ever got enough strength there is a new drug out there that has high expectations we were going to put her in. the cancer dosent get resistant to it. if i can find the name of it, i'll write back. best wishes to you and your mother.

Hi.My mom was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer 3 weeks ago. However,hers has already spread to the brain-that's how we knew something was wrong-her symptoms resembled a stroke. Surgery is not an option but radiation of the brain and chemo are the treatment plans. The tumor on the brain stem has shrunk because they drew all of the fluid out. I am at a loss there is no cure they say just treatment. Everything I've seen so far on the web hasen't given me much hope for small cell! Not a good survival rate and that really stinks. My mom is only 56 years old And i'm sure like yours deserves a long life. My mom is my best friend in the world and she's been there for me and my siblings for anything and everything and i will make sure that I will do anything possible for her. My daughter,my fiance and I live with her so we are able to help and I think having her youngest grandchild around all the time helps. We are in Maryland and are getting treatments from Johns Hopkins(one of the best)Of course we are having a bit of trouble with her insurance but that isn't going to stop us from getting her the best care. It helps to hear others stories and to have a tight knit family thank god we do. This is very new to me and like you I don't know what to expect. My uncle had lung cancer but was able to have surgery. I will say a prayer for you and your mom-good luck-let me know if you find anything new about treatment options-thanks.

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