Mar 17, 2014 - 12:22 pm
My husband was diagnosed with squamous NSCLC last May. Initially, it was thought to be "surgically curable" and he had a bilobectomy to remove an 8cm tumor. Three nodes that were removed with the surgery were found to be malignant. He had one attempt at Docetaxel/cisplatain for adjuvant chemo, but was immediately allergic to the Docetaxel. His chemo was revised to Cisplatain/Gemzar.
After one treatment, he came down with a lung infection which turned out to be Aspergillus. He was hospitalized for over 2 weeks and recovering at home for a couple of months. His Onc was becoming nervous and wanted to start up the chemo again. He started the Cisplatain/Gemzar before Christmas. After his second round, he developed blood clots. At that point his Onc said there is no clinical evidence that four treatments are better than two so let’s stop here and we'll address any problems if they arise.
He did a baseline scan to see where my husband was and to everyone’s shock, his cancer had spread to a mediastinal lymph node and some very small lesions were evident on the other lung. A biopsy confirmed squamous. Within a week or two, he developed balance issues and headaches. An MRI revealed a large and small lesion in the brain. He did 10 days of WBR. He has since started weekly treatments of Abraxane (Paclitaxel) with a break every fourth week. The plan is to re-scan after the second complete round.
My husband had a private conversation with his Oncologist yesterday. I'm not sure exactly how the conversation went but my husband was crying and saying he had two months to live. First, I think the "Onc may have given a range if my husband really persisted in an answer--I know he respects that people often don't want time frames attached to their lives. I would be amazed if two months was really accurate and he was on a two month chemo cycle. . . Anyway, my husband could really use some of your encouragement based on what I'm sure are similar experiences. Thanks again for all of the support I always get on this great forum . . .