Patient Comments: Lung Cancer - Treatments

How effective was your Lung Cancer treatment?

Comment from: bren, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 13

My mother just got the results of her biopsy after several doctor visits. After all the tests, she has been told that she has lung cancer. She was also told that they had seen a spot a year ago but did not think it was anything to worry about. My mother's health has declined in the last year, and now they have found another spot that went from 3 cm to 7 cm in the last two months. The doctors tell us that the type of cancer she has is unusual; it's small cell cancer and large cell cancer. Every visit seems to get more confusing. Even though we ask questions, nobody seems to have answers. Now we are being told that she will need radiation and chemo but they don't think her lungs can take the treatments again. I'm confused.

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Comment from: blanche, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 25

Reply to the father whom has been given 6 to 9 months to live - My father had liver cancer in 2011. We brought him over to France to have Cyberknife treatment. This is covered by your European Health Card - same as NHS, so free. The tumor shrunk in size and has been static since Jan 2012. This treatment is a much more powerful form of radiation which effectively kills off the cancer cells. If the lung cancer is 3 or less small tumors, this treatment should work. My Dad now has lung cancer, but opposition to my family prevent him having the Cyberknife treatment again, so apart from two courses or low dose chemo, he is now being left to die. Hope this message will help others.

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Comment from: babyduckins, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 28

Speaking for my 27 year old sister. She was diagnosed 9 months ago with stage 4 lung cancer that has metastised to her brain. She has gone through a chemo treatment every three weeks. Chemo made her sick and very tired. The last couple of treatments were maintenance chemo. A Pet scan revealed yesterday that she has two more tumors in her brain, two more on her lung and now in her hip. There are soo many things she wants to do in life. The doctors are going to start different kinds of chemo.

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Comment from: ranabanana, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 26

My Step-Father was sick last year and went to see his doctor who put him on antibiotics. After 2 lots of antibiotics he was still sick so he went in for a chest X-ray and they found something on his lung. After then having a bronchoscopy, it was confirmed he had a non small cell lung cancer. This was July 2011. He had his right lung removed in October and then went through chemo and radiation for 6 months. Then he had a CT scan done and the cancer had spread to the other lung. They started chemo again and one week later he was in hospital with pneumonia. Two days later he died. His body could not fight the infection as he had no immune system. He was a heavy smoker for a very long time but gave up nearly 6 years ago. It was too late for him. After diagnosis he lived 14 months. He was 58 years old.

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Comment from: perfectpeace, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 14

My mom had very painful osteoarthritis in her spine. When the pain increased in her upper back the doctor thought it was the arthritis. After a few tests it was found that she had lung cancer which had spread to the liver and spleen. She was given one dose of chemo and died the next day from the chemo. Chemo left her with almost no white blood cells and she rapidly developed pneumonia and died.

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Comment from: wifeofcancer, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 22

My husband diagnosed with Stage IIIA (upper left lung tumor wrapped around pulmonary artery so inoperable)June 2011 (went in thinking had pneumonia as daughter had weeks before ... x-ray made them question about TB, then got CT scan, then lung biopsy), given 6 - 9 months probable life span with no intervention. He began chemo and radiation in July, ended 2 rounds of chemo in Sept and radiation a few weeks later. Tumor was shrinking. Now (6/12) found to be growing again. Time for Chemo round 2 ... still inoperable. Any suggestions? Should we look at a 2nd opinion? P.S. Positive attitude, love, and laughter helps a lot!

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Comment from: shocked, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 06

My mother-87 had stage 3 lung cancer. Very healthy except for this. A smoker for 40 years, she had stopped smoking for 5 years prior to finding out she had cancer. She went through chemo and radiation at the same time. Diagnosed in June- died in Oct of the same year. I would not go through what she did seeing that the treatment killed faster than the actual disease.

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