Aug 09, 2012 - 10:23 am
So the back story is that my dad, 70 years old, was diagnosed with NSLC in April 2012. He just had his 5th round of chemo yesterday with Carboplatin and Alimta. His first CT scan in June showed the larger tumor shrunk from 3.1cm to 2.9cm and the other smaller tumors had no difference. We went in yesterday for a CT and chemo. The CT revealed that there was basically no difference in the tumors since his last CT in June; the Dr. said he is stable. I know that’s good news but not exactly what we wanted to hear. The Dr. wants to continue his chemo for 2 more treatments, one of which he got yesterday and another in 3 weeks. After that another CT scan. If chemo doesn’t work they will begin maintenance therapy with avasitin (I think that’s what he said anyway). He said the goal will be to keep it stable. I didn’t know much about maintenance therapy but after researching it yesterday I have a bunch of questions for the Dr. Is or has anyone out there been maintenance therapy? Is it always combined with a chemo drug? Is the goal to just keep him stable forever? Do people with stable cancer live a normal life? How long will he be on this maintenance therapy? Are there any other chemo drugs we should try? I could go on and on. I’ll have to start my list for the Dr. Any information/personal knowledge anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.