Blood workup during treatment for lung cancer

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July 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm  #1274610    


My wife is being treated for lung cancer with Tarceva, Her blood workups have been steady once the Tarceva did its’ job. She is concern about other type of cancer. Would the existence of other types of cancer show up in her blood workup.


July 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm  #1274611    
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If it’s the normal blood work taken during cancer treatment, the purpose would be to check things like white and red blood cells, liver enzymes, etc., not to reveal other forms of cancer. Though lung cancer patients are at somewhat higher risk for eventually developing other cancer (and it does happen), the risk is still fairly small.

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Jul 2008 Wife Liz (51/never smoker) Dx Stage IV NSCLC EGFR exon 19
4 cycles Carbo/alimta, 65% shrinkage
Tarceva maintenance
Mar 2010 progression, added Alimta, stable
Sep 2010 multiple brain mets, WBR
Oct 2010 large pericardial effusion, tamponade
Jan 2011 progression, start abraxane
Jun 2011-New liver, brain mets, add Tarceva
Oct 2011-Dx Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis; pulsed Tarceva
At rest Nov 4 2011
Since then:

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