Discussions that mention topotecan

Cancer: Lung board


I don't know what the chemo is called. I just talked to him this morning and he sounded great. I will ask him what kind it is. Last weekend he was driving in the car and sneezed trying to pay attention to the road and broke a rib in the back. They told him that it will be a couple of months before that heals. He is a little bit worried about getting sick from the chemo and how painful that would be to his back. But his attitude is great and he's a fighter. Thank you both for responding back! Is the topotecan really strong chemo?

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God Bless-RPD
My husband was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer metastes to liver on January 2, 2002. He had two chemo sessions with Etoposide and Cisplatin and they took a cat scan. This second cat scan which revealed that his lungs were entirely clear and his liver lesions were reduced by 75-90%. After four more sessions he had a cat scan on May 13th. This revealed a continued reduction in the amount and size of the the cancer cells but they are not completely gone. He starts today on Topotecan for five days and the fifth day he gets Taxol. We needed to switch as cancer cells get resistent to certain drugs. Then off four weeks and one more week of this chemo regimine. Then wait four weeks for another cat scan.

He is taking Megace for his appetite - which worked right away for him. He didn't lose his appetite until the sixth round. He is taking Ritalin for energy and it also helps act as an anti-depressant. He is taking Zofran and Compozine for nausea and by the 5th session we had to double the dose but he is doing fine now.

I have found that comparing treatments, meds and results can only be "compared" so far....Cancer as a disease is as unique and individual as the patient.

I have not read one story that is EXACTLY like my husbands. Even the same diagnosis plays out so different in different individuals.

Doctors in all their God given talent, gifts, wisdom and ability don't know how many days any one has....they are only guessing. Only God knows how many days anyone has. We must trust in Him and not be afraid. For God doesn't want us to be afraid.

Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Shannon