Jun 30, 2012 - 10:29 am
My mom was diagnosed in January with early Stage 4 NSC Lung Cancer (small mass on her right lung, larger masses in some lymph nodes, and a tiny spot on the liver). Set out on 18 week (2 weeks on, 1 week off) cycle on Gemzar & Carboplatin. 1/2 way through 18 week cycle, took a scan and things had improved....small lung spot remained relatively unchanged, lymph masses reduced in size, and small spot on liver had grown slightly.
During the 2nd half of her treatment, they had to back down on meds due to issues with blood levels and a stay in the hospital. This resulted in unfavorable results after the final scan (once the cycle was completed). Small spot on lung had grown slightly, lymph masses had once again grown, and now the spot on the liver is roughly the size of a ping pong ball.
Sooooo, the doc biopsy'd the spot on the liver due to its dramatic growth over the past 12 weeks(come to find out, he was concerned about chances she had multiple types of cancer). Biopsy came back inconclusive as to the exact type of cancer on the liver, but they were able to find CD117 inside the liver tumor, they ruled out this being a Germ Cell Tumor, so they generally ruled this as an "Undifferentiated Malignancy". Based upon these facts, the doctor (although he didn't seem pleased that they were not able to determine the exact type of cancer) has determined the best course of action is putting mom on Gleevec 400Mg 1X per day. So far, she has taken this for 3 or 4 days and is tolerating it pretty well, although she's having some nausea with the pill but she is taking her anti-nausea.
I have a few questions.....
Thanks again everyone!