Jan 23, 2012 - 10:15 pm
My mom started treatment today for stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer. Here's her background. December 27th she told us they found a golf ball size tumor in her right lung. They ordered a chest x-ray for a really bad cough. The Pet Scan came back ok but during her biopsy they found that it had spread to the lymph nodes on both sides of the body. So starting today she began treatment. 6 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. At the same time she is doing chemo. Mondays - Cisplatin and Etoposide, then Tuesday thru Friday Etoposide and the following Monday both drugs. 3 weeks off from chemo and one more cycle of chemo.
The statistics are terrible for 3B. My mom is 66 years old and I worry so much about her not making it. I am 35 years old and way too young to lose my mother. I guess I'm just looking for some hope and great success stories. My father has become depressed as my mom is his life. He wonders if they should even fight if without treatment she would have 9 to 12 months and with treatment she could still only live a year. They watched my mom's cousin go thru hell and still die within a year from lung cancer.
Anyone go thru a similar treatment plan? What side effects did you experience? Day 1 complete and she felt ok after chemo. How long did it take for you to feel effects from treatment?