Oct 23, 2004 - 11:10 am
Hi Everyone! I've been browsing over all of postings and the advice and hope that you give to one another is so inspiring! I am looking for some advice and recommendations for my mom and hoping some of you could help...
My mom was 44 and diagnosed with breast CA in Sept. 2002. During her preop workup, they found a 4mm tumor in her lung. It was biopsied and found to be a second primary CA, non-small cell lung CA, unrelated to the breast CA. She underwent a lumpectomy and lymph node resection in which margins were clear and all nodes were negative. About 3 weeks later she underwent a left lower lobectomy for the lung CA. She had 2 out of 5 nodes come back positive.
She went through 3 months of radiation in which they radiated the lung, the node area, and the breast. At the same time she had 12 chemo treatments that lasted for 6 months. She finished chemo last May, 2003.
If she had just had the breast CA, she would have only have had the radiation but with the lung CA and the positive nodes, the doctors recommended chemo as well. She went to Mayo twice and they suggested that she do the radiation and the chemo at the same time so that is what we did.
Now 2 weeks ago, at age 46, she had a follow-up CT scan for the lung CA. It showed 8-10 tumors in her other lung. It was biopsied and showed to be a recurrence of her nsc lung CA. She had a PET scan that showed only the recurrence in the right lung as well as positive nodes in the chest region. She was having no symptoms but the dr. ordered a routine brain MRI also. The MRI came back yesterday showing 3 tumors in her brain, the largest being 2/3 inch.
They were supposed to start chemo on Mon for the recurrence in her lung but that has been postponed so that she can meet with the radiation oncologist on Mon to discuss what type of treatment to do on her brain.
I was hoping that some of you may be able to give some recommendations of some treatments that have had success. I know that every patient reacts differently but we are just trying to find other who may know what to do, what not to do, where to go, and where not to go.
My mom has been to Mayo twice and is looking for somewhere else to get a 3rd opinion. We have heard wonderful things about M.D. Anderson in Houston as well as U of Iowa, and U of Chicago. Has anyone had any experience with these places or with the Carmonos (sp?) Cancer Institute?
Any help any of you could offer would be wonderful and much appreciated. My mom has a husband, four children, and a son-in-law who love her dearly and are standing by her to win this battle. She is a strong, beautiful person with a positive attitude and I know she can do it! Thanks to everyone,