Oct 27, 2007 - 12:38 am
I am writing for my stepfather, merle.He was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer-extensive on August 27th, o7'. He has since had 2 rounds of chemo-Etoposide & carboplatin. We just received the results from his follow up pet scan and MRI to see how responsive his cancer was to the chemo. So shockingly devastated to find that not only had the cancer NOT improved, but had actually gotten worse. His Doctor, now realizing that we need to get so much more aggressive to even try to impact this cancer is recommending 1 x/weekly chemo with Topotecan. prior he did 3days of chemo then 21 days later 3 more days of chemo. Problem is my stepfather is tired and has felt awful through all of this. Borderline, if not full depression and does not have the will to continue. He feels completely hopeless and doesn't want to go through more chemo that will more than likely make him feel worse and then find that it doesn't work either. I am asking if there is anyone who has had a similar experience with no response to chemo and what different treatment options, feedback or anything to help would be greatly appreciated. It is so sad to him struggle and suffer. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I think it helps so much to share ideas, information and support. Please respond.