Feb 14, 2011 - 8:30 pm
Hi ladies. I have been a lurker on this discussion group since September, and you all have been my lifeline ... just by your being here and sharing all your stories and words of encouragement has been a source of strength and comfort to me. I think it's time that I join you now. My mom (69 years old) was diagnosed with Stage IV Uterine Cancer metasticized to the lungs back in September of 2010. She is being treated at Dana Farber in Boston, and after three rounds of Carboplatin/Taxol, her CT scan showed that one of the masses in her pelvis has grown slightly and did not respond to the chemo. Her lungs are stable, however, nodules did not shrink. Her oncologist now has her on Doxil which she seems to be tolerating well, and will scan her again in May to see if the Doxil has shrunk the nodules in her lungs and the tumors in her pelvis/abdomen. My question is this. Her doctor is not even considering surgery of any kind at this time. When I asked to explain why, she said to think of my mom's cancer like a house on fire where two rooms are burning, the pelvis/abdomen and the lungs. You have to put out the fire in both rooms at the same time, not just one, she explained. And chemo in this case is the water. It does not make sense to me why she wouldn't have her masses removed first, so that the chemo doesn't have to work as hard and there aren't as many cancer cells to attack. Any insight you ladies have would be much appreciated.