Sep 20, 2012 - 10:04 am
I wanted to get some opinions on the wait and see approach that my father is now in. He is 70 yrs old with stage IV NSCLC in his left lung with mets to the pleura. He has undergone 6 rounds of chemo with alimta/carboplatin every three weeks. At first the 2 larger tumors shurnk a tiny bit but has since remained stable. We went to the dr yesterday and he wants to wait another 5 weeks with no chemo/maintenance therapy to see if the chemo was keeping the cancer stable or if it is a slow growing cancer. My dad is excited to not have chemo for a total of 8 weeks, he's calling it a 'vacation' and is excited to get some engergy back. However, this approach scares me. Why wait to see if the tumors will grow? I get that they don't want to keep giving him chemo if it's not necessary but is that the best thing to do? I'm not so sure. I just wanted to get a feel of what everyone else thinks of the 'wait and see' approach. Many thanks!