Valerie Harper Treatment

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September 24, 2013 at 8:01 am  #1259450    

Sherry

Bob, I’m so sorry to hear about Beth and what this cruel disease has done to her and to your family. You will continue to be in my thoughts.


ME: Diagnosed Stage 1A in July 09, ULL, no further treatment. Diagnosed with breast cancer in Feb. 11, again Stage 1. All scans were clear until headaches started in April 2012. In July 2012 was diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor from lung, surgically removed and treated with cyberknife. Now on Tarceva. Clear scans to date. DAD: Diagnosed stage IV in Dec. 09, was on Tarceva until April 2012, then Alimta once every 3 weeks. November 27, 2012 entered the kingdom of Heaven.

September 24, 2013 at 8:22 am  #1259451    

amd5

For those of us who missed the Valerie Harper interview in March on The Doctors, here is the youtube video clip:

The Doctors: “Valerie Harper talks about her battle with terminal brain cancer”, 42 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBCdUaom6Po


Non-smoker, male, age 52. Had significant second-hand exposure to smoke in pool halls prior to 2007. Hospitalized in 11/2012 with pleural effusion, collapsed lung. PET/CT scan (11/12): Diagnosed with Stage 4 NSCLC, Adenocarcinoma. EGFR+. Brain MRI (11/12): clean. Tarceva (150mg/day): 12/12 – 5/13. Xgeva injections (2/13-present). PET/CT scan (2/13): lung nodules shrinking in size and quantity. CT scan (5/13) – progression. CEA marker (5/13): 120. Brain MRI (5/13): clean. Carboplatin/Taxol/Avastin: 6/13-present. CT scan (8/13): significant improvement, most lung nodules smaller. CEA marker (8/13): 11.

September 24, 2013 at 9:14 am  #1259452    

amd5

In my earlier post, I posted the youtube interview with Valerie Harper:
The Doctors: “Valerie Harper talks about her battle with terminal brain cancer”, 42 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBCdUaom6Po

The following two video segments contain medical descriptions of what Valerie Harper has and the treatment she’s undergoing: 17:20-22:15 and 32:10-37:30


Non-smoker, male, age 52. Had significant second-hand exposure to smoke in pool halls prior to 2007. Hospitalized in 11/2012 with pleural effusion, collapsed lung. PET/CT scan (11/12): Diagnosed with Stage 4 NSCLC, Adenocarcinoma. EGFR+. Brain MRI (11/12): clean. Tarceva (150mg/day): 12/12 – 5/13. Xgeva injections (2/13-present). PET/CT scan (2/13): lung nodules shrinking in size and quantity. CT scan (5/13) – progression. CEA marker (5/13): 120. Brain MRI (5/13): clean. Carboplatin/Taxol/Avastin: 6/13-present. CT scan (8/13): significant improvement, most lung nodules smaller. CEA marker (8/13): 11.

September 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm  #1259458    

Dr. Ben Creelan

I agree with Dr West, it is difficult to make any conclusions without more information. It is very unusual to have sudden LMC over 4 years after curative treatment for lung cancer.
In hindsight, one might wonder if her symptoms and imaging were due to a temporary inflammatory or viral process, like encephalitis. These non-cancerous processes can cause inflammation in the meninges on MRI, which can potentially be interpreted as a cancer. Without a tissue or fluid biopsy, we may never know.
Nonetheless, I think it is an uplifting story and shows that there is room for hope, no matter how grim the situation. God bless her, and hope she continues to be free of cancer.

September 25, 2013 at 7:10 am  #1259470    

marisa93

Bob,

I am very sorry to hear of your wife’s rapid decline. All I can do is wish peace and comfort in this difficult time…

Lisa


Nov 23, 2010 husband(49/smoker) dx IV NSLC mets to brain/liver, Nov-Dec, 2010 15 WBR tx, Jan’11 MRI much improved, Dec ’10-Mar’11 4 txs carbo/alimta/avastin w/good response, Apr ’11 MRI mets almost gone, Apr ’11 start maintenance alimta, Jul ’11 MRI still good, Jul ’11 carbo/taxol for new lung met and 2 liver mets, Oct ’11 MRI new brain mets and major progression in liver, Nov 2, ’11 GK, Nov 19, 2011 at peace
Since then: http://cancergrace.org/forums/index.php?topic=11426.0

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