May 09, 2012 - 1:02 pm
My father (75, smoker) just underwent a VATS lobectomy of his lower left lobe where a 4cm tumor was located. His diagnosis - stage 1b (T2A) adenocarcinoma. The surgery went well and his recovery is progressing nicely although he'd tell you he feels exhausted much of the time (on par with what the doc said). His doc is recommending adjuvant chemotherapy based on the positive results of the CALGB 9633 clinical trial for patients with tumor sizes >= 4cm. My understanding is that the chemo drugs will be a combination of paclitaxel and carboplatin - at least those are the drugs that were used in the CALGB 9633 study. We have an appointment with an oncologist tomorrow and will learn a lot more. My father has indicated that he won't go through the chemo unless the his 5 year life expectency is increased significantly (~20%) because he fears the side effects may be too much for him. Outside of lung cancer, he is healthy - no heart issues or other diseases. Getting information from doctors is one thing but hearing it from those with first hand experience is another.
Has anyone on this board with diagnosis similar to my father's experienced post-op chemotherapy? If so, what were the drugs prescribed and what were the side effects? Any additional words of wisdom are also appreciated. By the way, his doc said that the chemo would likely be administered on an outpatient basis in 4 cycles over a 3 month period.