Jan 03, 2012 - 6:23 pm
Now that my husband has had his PET Scan, here are the results - and some questions - again!
A brief history - he was dx 1/11 with SCLC-Extensive, went through six rounds of carbo/etop, had a PET Scan 6/11 and it showed of the six tumors, five were gone and one was streaky. Then he had another PET Scan 11/11, and it showed that the tumor came back in his liver. Did 3 rounds of Topotecan, just had another PET Scan, showed the tumor was the same. So now the onc is going to do 3 more rounds of Topotecan. Says that he won't use another chemo drug as he doesn't want to go through them all in case he needs them in the future.
So, my question is, how many chemo drugs can be used on SCLC and how many lines of chemo can be used?
My husband's insurance will not pay for a PET Scan. They only pay for the one at time of diagnosis, and will not pay for monitoring during chemotherapy. He is due for another one in two weeks, and please, please - is there anything else that can be used as an equivalent for a PET Scan? A CAT Scan is not enough.