my mom had her post-Alimta therapy CT-scan yesterday. Well, the news are not good - Alimta seems to have failed in all aspects.
There is a slight increase in the rest tumor in the lung (from 2.5cm to 2.8cm), but the liver mets are the real problem. Initially (i.e. before the Alimta therapy), there were two of them each measuring approx. 1.8cm. Now one of them has doubled in size to 3.5cm and the second one nearly trippled to 5cm. Plus, there is a third new "suspect" lesion measuring 0.8cm.
We are devastated. The doctor thinks my mom has an aggressive form of cancer (at least the mets seem to be aggressively growing), but I am still in a shock. Nothing makes sense to me. The initial lung biopsy said proliferation rate was 25-35%, as the doctor explained me that was a "normal" LC behaviour. Ok, but now we have the super-progressive liver lesions, although my mom's liver values are still all within the norm.
The next step that he suggests (before giving all up) is trying out Tarceva 150mg. But she has been tested negative for EGFR.
I don't really know what to ask here, I am simply shocked and devastated.
My mom wants to rest a bit from the chemo. Is it risky if she tries Tarceva in e.g. one month?
I don't know what to do anymore, the odds that Tarceva could work for her are very low according to what I have read. And to put her through so many side effects, and again have zero results - I do not want her to suffer.
What shall we do? (I know you don't like these questions, but they are human.) Would you give it a try if it was your mother or would you say - have and keep the good life quality you have now for as long as possible?
Thank you so much in advance!