Sep 29, 2011 - 11:47 am
Today was a very scary day coz today the reports for my dad came in, initially i saw the reports and as a lay man, i thought that the reports are serious but not that serious.
We saw the doctor and this is what he explained,
as per the biopsy and the PET scan, it is a "poorly diffrentiated squamous cell carcinoma". it is in the apical section of the left lung in the upper section. it has a couple of lymphnodes in that area. it has metastized to his 8th rib bone in the right, to a few bones in the backbone, to some part of the hip and right shoulder. nothing seen in any of the organs or brain ( thats good i think...the organs thingy)...the report said its a lesion, it didnt use the term tumor but its malignant.
i asked him about the treatments, he said surgery is out of the question at any time, because the stuff has spread out of the lung. he even ruled out radiation for the same reasons, but said it might be used at a later stage but not now. he prescribed chemo with carboplastin, some thing called gimo...(sorry i do not have the case files with me right now, im at work) and avastin as non chemo medicine which would be taken along with the chemo cycles. i asked him about tarceva, but he said thats for adenocarcinoma, non smokers etc.
mom finally asked him how do things look right now, he said there are "plus" and "minus". plus's r that my dad suffers from no other body problem *touchwood* so he should be fit enough to take it, and the minus that it has spread out of the lung. i asked him if its a NSCLC or SCLC, he smiled and said, dont worry, thats a technical term, dont get bothered with that.
So folks what do u ppl think? OH YES, mom asked him about the condition, he placed his hands on the table apart and said, if right hand side is good and left hand side is worse....its at about 65-70% towards the left.
i asked him about the "stage", he said any cancer tht spreads out of the primary part is staged as 4.....that kinda took the wind out of my sails....
so folks what r ur views? do u think dad has a chance? is radiation really not a possibility?...i feel dad has a fighting chance but still....
Please provide ur valuable advice!