Jul 30, 2012 - 4:25 pm
Hi - my husband was diagnosed 5/18/12 with Stage 3 NSCLC adenocarcinoma of course this was after a little over 2 months trying to figure out what was going on with him and why he was having chest pain constantly and a cough that wouldn't go away, on 5/30/12 we found out it had metestasized and he had several spots on his brain which moved him up to Stage 4. He has since been through radiation to his brain which was a complete nightmare until he got started on steroids, and that has completely gotten rid of the smaller spots and the largest one was shrunk down by half, and also radiation to his chest. He also ended up having to have radiation to his right thigh due to a tumor showing up there causing him immense pain, his last treatment on it was today.
He started chemo (carbo and taxol) on 6/19/12, the leg pain from the taxol was almost unbearable for about a week. He had his 2nd round (carbo/taxol and avastin) on 7/10/12. They did a CT scan on 7/20/12 and we had to meet with his oncologist on 7/23/12 at which time he told us that nothing has shrank, the tumors had actually grown some and he had some new spots. He wants to try the same combo one more time since he has only received the Avastin one time, and stated if that didn't show any progress on the next CT scan they would have to try a different chemo.
My question is this....has anyone been on the carbo/taxol/avastin and it not work for you or it took a couple treatments before it started working???? I'm just so concerned and worried about them finding a combination that will start shrinking this evil thing that has invaded my husbands body.