I'm sorry for the not so good news but Tarceva gave my dad so much time without the harsh side effects of Chemo. Maybe it will be her lucky charm. I'm with Sue on the Tarceva cost please check with the company that makes it. They were able to help my girlfriends' mom with the cost.
7/2002 (60 yrs. old) Dad dx laryngeal cancer
8/2002 Laryngectomy and Radical Neck Dissection (only 1 lymph node involved) with follow up radiation treatments (Johns Hopkins)
Clean until 6/2004 spot on lung found by x-ray and CT scan
7/2004 Biopsy shows NSCLC (SCC)
8/2004 Successful Lobectomy of middle right lobe and slight wedge resection of upper right lobe (1 lymph node in removed lobe came back positive) (Johns Hopkins) Drs. feel that it is a new primary cancer.
9/04 started clinical trial of taxotere and cisplatin
12/04 New spot found on CT and PET (lymph node) Bronchoscopy not successful stopping clinical trial
1/05 Started 6 weeks of daily radiation and one time a week regimen (for 6 weeks) of carbo/taxol
2/17/05 Finished with rounds of treatment!
3/30/05 Great news, spot on CT has shrunk from 2.5 cm. to less than 1cm. No new spots, STABLE!
7/05 Angiogram, stent put in, doing great!
7/05 The beast is back in the other lung, 9mm spot top of lung, currently waiting to do treatment due to heart medication (Plavix), will do PET in September to confirm cancer and then make treatment decisions.
9/05 PET revealed that spot doubled in size and there is fluid in other lung. Waiting on thorocentesis and hopefully surgery.
10/05 Heart attack from stopping Plavix for lung procedures.
11/05 Fluid gone Cleared for surgery, scheduled for December 5th
12/05 After a successful lobectomy, had another heart attack while in hospital, pacemaker put in, long road to recovery. Pathology report came back with lymph node involvement, restaged to stage III.
2/06 Scans performed NO EVIDENCE OF ACTIVE DISEASE!! Started Tarceva
5/06 NED!!! Will continue on Tarceva
8/06 NED!!! Tarceva still working!
12/06 Its Back
2cm spot found in mediastinum area between the lungs, doctors believe it is a node.Off Tarceva and on to Alimta right after Christmas.
3/07 STABLE after 3 rounds of Alimta! Starting another three and then scans in May.
5/07 Its growing again slightly. Area in the medistinum between the lungs. Off of Alimta and dad has asked for a 2 month chemo break. Scans in July.
7/07 Its back and moving fast. Spot between the lungs up from 1 to 5 and 3 new nodules lighting up. They don't think chemo is a great option. Looks like we're on to a clinical trial..researching..
8/07 Clinical trial at Hopkins
9/07 After 2 rounds, Clinical trial stopped due to slight growth
9/07 Started new clinical trial on HIV drug at NCI at NIH
11/07 Scans - STABLE!! They think the clinical trial is working. Continue on trial new scans in January
1/08 Trial not working, showing slow progression of disease. Taking February off to get clean for new trial.
3/08 Can't get into the trial he wants, starting on Gemzar.
6/11/08 My courageous dad lost his battle with cancer. He never gave up. He passed away one hour after getting chemo.
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