Apr 29, 2003 - 7:05 pm
My mother was diagosed with non-small cell lung cancer in May of '02. They removed a wedge from her lung where the cancer was. In surgury they found the cancer had spread to the outside of the lung, stage IIIA. It was so small it didn't show up on any tests. No chemo or treatment could be started until she healed from the surgery. In October, the Dr. said they didn't want to start chemo until the cancer begins to grow or spread. While I am so happy for the time we have had, I am very frustrated that no proactive treatment is being done to try to prevent this from spreading or growing. Is it normal to wait for lung cancer to progress before beginning treatment? I feel like we should be fighting to do all we can to keep it from progressing? Has anyone experienced anything similiar?