My mother has been diagnosed 2 years ago with NSCLC (pleural mets). Initially the cells were categorized as muciparous and for this type of cancer, as a first line treatment she was on Tarceva (on a study) for about 11 months, until progression of tumors. Then after, she was given a combination of Alimta and Cisplatin who proved to be effective for the past 10 months. However a new type of tumor has been developed (not muciparous), having a progression factor (KPI) 80%. The last CT proved that even though initially discovered tumor shrinked, the new type had spreaded and due to this, Alimta has been interrupted and my mother has been given Navelbine now (4x30 mg tablets once a week). However she is having serious abdominal pains and I wonder if this is/was the right treatment, the oncologist could have been prescribed her or was it a better option?
Could you please help out with your opinion?
Thanks in advance