In early January my mom was dx with early stage iv (non small cell), immediately started on chemo in 3 week cycles (two mess week 1, one med week 2, week 3 was no meds). I was so scared...I still am....but hearing her staging was soooo scary. Carbo and Gemzar were her 2 meds.
Halfway through treatment, we took a scan, had seen slight improvement, so continued on same cycle. During the 2nd half of treatment, she had blood issues, so the meds were reduced in strength. Just received results from her "final" scan from bout 1....the cancer made a comeback (doc believes is due to reducing chemo strength). Now, we had a biopsy, and doc will likely make a complete overhaul to the treatment plan. Biopsy was needed because the very first biopsy only secured enough cells to confirm the general type of lung cancer (non-small cell), could not identify the sub category One of her metastasis sites is on the liver. It was a small spot at the beginning, now is roughly the size of a ping pong ball. The doc took a biopsy of this today, we have a follow up appointment next Thursday.
I can see how this will never become less scary, but it somehow becomes easier to "manage". The stats are against her, but she is committed to fighting! I am so proud of her for her approach to this damned disease! My wife is making t-shirts for our family, to participate in a 5K that supports Lung Cancer in the Cincinnati area this weekend. This event will be a great way to help her recharge her batteries and prepare for the next battle. The first round was a tie.....now, she's going to step up her game during the next round!
I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this, and allowing me this chance for my "therapy" to write about this.....sorry it's not more organized, this was an impromptu decision while watching my mom make all the shirts.