Well, just got back from the oncologist's office. The tumors are larger - the one in the liver slightly larger, one on the adrenal glands doubled in size. Don't know about any of the other tumors since it was a CAT, not a PET Scan. So it appears that this third line was as ineffective as the second line. Now my husband will start fourth line next week, Carboplatin/Taxol. Don't know anything about this combo but will look it up later.
I don't know what to think or feel. Should I be upset because the tumors are bigger, or optimistic because there is another chemo drug to use? This doctor has given my husband the impression he is going to live forever and although I know he is giving him hope, guess I'm just a realist and am the type of person to just face facts and deal with them.
Has anyone been on Carbo/Taxol? What can you tell me about it?
Again, I thank everyone for taking the time to respond to my posts. You answers are greatly appreciated.
Prognosis with metastatic small cell carcinoma is not good and life expectance after treatment is around 6-12 months while it is still less without treatment. I would suggest discussing the management plan and the expected prognosis in detail with his treating pulmonologist/ oncologist.
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