Oct 03, 2013 - 10:11 am
My brother has 5 lung nodules and 1 liver mass that is 3 cm. He had an anterior resection in 2011 and had chemo/rad before and chemo after surgery. He had finished his chemo August 2012 and his scans had been clear up until a couple of months ago. His CEA levels went up and his CT scan and MRI showed lung noudules and liver mass. Biopsy was done and confirmed metastasized rectal cancer.
This week he started chemo: 5 -FU every 14 days, irinotecan every 14 days, leucovorin every 14 days, 5-FU over 2 days (infusion pump) and erbitux will begin next visit. He is also on diphenhydramine and famotidine, zofran, and dexamethasone. Also atropine for irinotecan.
Wow! Is this the usual cocktail of drugs? So far no talk of surgery. The doctor wants to shrink the tumors. Chemo should be for 6 months and then they re-evaluate how things are going? They should know within a couple of treatments whether it is working?
Have any of you had surgery if it was in more than one distant organ? He has 5 visible nodules in his lungs (both lungs) and a spot 3 cm on the liver.