Jan 24, 2012 - 8:33 pm
My mom (53 yrs) was diagnosed today with Stage IV non-small cell adenocarcinoma. It is definitely in her right lung but CT scan showed some masses in her left but oncologist was unsure if they are tumors or nodules from her RA. She does have cancer cells in the fluid around her lungs. She will have a brain MRI and bone scan done Friday and a CT scan of her lower abdomen Monday.
All I keep hearing in my head is the doctor say "Stage IV, no cure, we won't be doing radiation". We've been preparing for this since 1/1/12 when she went into the hospital for what we thought was pneumonia and xray showed a mass 7cm and CT showed later in the lymph nodes. She will start chemo next Wednesday (Carbo/Taxol/Avastin) 6 cycles 21 days apart through a power port. What I can't understand is why radiation will not not be done with the chemo? What does this mean? From what I've read it's used together to treat and kill the tumor. I'm trying to be strong for my mom but I'm kinda freaking out because radiation will not used with chemo and I don't know what that means for her.
Anyone else diagnosed with stage IV and no radiation used? I know that if anything is found in her brain/bones or liver they will do radiation there but why not on the lung? any words of hope, experience or tips for my mom would be greatly appreciated.