This makes me incredibly sad. A friend was telling me that she has a friend who works with the American Lung Association who was always talking about how helpful Kathryn Joosten was to them. She was one of the few celebrities who was up front and vocal about lung cancer. Plus, she played some great TV characters. http://www.eonline.com/news/kathryn_joo ... ves/320735
My sister Kelly was diagnosed with 3b NSCLC in May of 2007. A nodule on her adrenal gland has at times been thought to also be involved, but I, her surgeon, her radiation oncologist, and many oncologists I work with don't think it is. So we're going with that. She completed 5 rounds of carbo/taxol on a weekly schedule with concurrent radiation for 37 days. CT and PET showed nodes were clean but still residual activity in the tumor, which was reduced in size from 8x5 cm to 3x2cm. She attempted a lobectomy on 22 January 08 but the tumor resides a bit in the lower lobe in addition to the upper lobe, and the surgeon would not remove the entire left lung. She started Tarceva on 27 February 08. Her first scan showed decreased activity in the tumor and yet again, nothing new outside of that tumor. Her Dr. and I were actually kind of shocked! June '08 she had a total of 48 Gy of radiation via cyberknife. Her PET from 10 Sept '08 showed nothing new, the tumor size not really changed, but the SUV went down again, from 3.9 in May to 3.1, down from about 19 when this all started. She took a bit of a Tarceva holiday as we had some electrolyte issues due to not eating anything. She is currently back on it and taking 50 mg with tolerable toxicity. December '08 scan showed stable disease and yet again, less activity than before. April '09 scan actually said "area of hypermetabolic activity previously noted is not visualized today"! I could hardly believe my eyes and read it over and over. August and December '09 scans nearly identical! Now the June 2010 scan is just like the last ones - no uptake in the tumor, no new sites! Scan in January 2011 showed something on a rib on the contralateral side. Everyone in agreement that she broke a rib when she took a really bad fall a couple months ago. No one seems to think it is cancer, since the PET showed nothing in the lung or lymph nodes! Not moving to yearly scans yet though, so back in July! Our family really needed that good news as a month before we buried our 26 yr old nephew and are all still reeling from the shock and pain. July 2011 scan showed nothing new and she and the dr agreed to give her a drug break, so she went off Tarceva and so he wants to scan again in 3 months. There was a 3 mm nodule in the other lung and he didn't want to wait too long to scan given that and the no drug status. Scan in October of 2011 again showed nothing new, no growth, all is stable. The nodule in the other lung still listed as 2-3 mm. February 2012 scan was same as it ever was. :) Next scan is in August and she'll have gone one year without any treatment at that point. On May 19th it was 5 yrs from the day we heard she had lung cancer and we marked the occasion with a big party full of family and friends! She had a scan on Aug 24th and the results were more of the same, and marching orders from her oncologist that he doesn't need to see her for another year!