May 17, 2012 - 11:30 pm
Hello my name is Marty. I am new to this board. I have Stage IV NSCLC-Adenocarcinoma. I was diagnosed in November 2011. Finished 6 rounds of chemo March 2, 2012. I was taking Cisplatin and Alimta. The tumor shrunk 25% after the second treatment. Oncologist wanted to keep me on maintenance Alimta but I really needed a break from chemo. I took the watch and wait route. I got my strenght back and had been feeling really good. 3 weeks ago I started coughing again. My last CT scan showed the tumor was back to the original size and new activity. I recently had a biopsy to test for the gene in hopes that I can qualify for the 2 new approved drugs EGFR and ALK. If not its back to chemo as I have been told I cannot have surgery or radiation. I had Pericardial Effusion at the time of my diagnosis. Has anyone else been told that chemo is the only treatment?