I've been in NC since Saturday visiting my parents. I will be here until Sunday and posting only sporadically. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.
76 year-old mom diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer January 5, 2007.
15 radiation treatments to the spine and four rounds of chemo, Jan-May, 2007.
Stable disease May, 2007-May, 2008.
Bone scan May, 2008 shows new mets in the spine, pelvis and ribs.
July, 2008--finished radiation and has a Quadramet treatment.
October, 2008--Scans show mild progression. Began chemo (carbo/taxol/avistin). Will have four rounds of threatment (every 21 days) and scan in January.
01/05/2009--TWO YEAR SURVIVOR!
4/2009--STABLE! No treatment. Next scan in July
7/2009--Scan shows pleural effusion. Fluid drained and malignant. Cancer has spread to other lung and a 13 mm lesion is seen on the liver. Mom to begin Alimta on 8/3
11/2009--Alimta was hard on mom and scans showed progression.
12/2009--began Tarceva, noticed almost immediate improvement.
2/25/2010--Celebrated Mom's 80th birthday!
5/15/2010--Mom watched her oldest granddaughter graduate from college and then paritied well into the night! She's still feeling great.
6/15/2010--Mom watched her youngest granddaughter graduate from high school. Still feeling great!
8/2010-10/2010--Mom begins feeling tired and stays in bed more and more. Scans reveal that the cancer is moving rapidly throughout her body.
10/13/2010--Mom wins her battle once and for all, and passes to a place where the cancer can no longer touch her.
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