I was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in April 2013, with mets to my L3 spine and a \'hotspot\' on my left Arm. I received radiation to both my lung and my L3 spine along with chemo for 7 weeks. Chemo started out with Carboplatin and Taxol. Unforturnately I did not tolerate the Taxol and they switched me to Taxotere. After that I also received radiation on my lt arm due to increased pain and swelling. Then a Pet Scan was done and my lung tumor shrank by about 50%, but still active, and my L3 did not show any activity anymore. However, the cancer now spread to 2 lymph nodes in my chest and possibly a spot in the colon which will be checked tomorrow and my lt arm was now cancerous too.
My Oncologist now switched me to Alimta only, every 3 weeks hoping to contain or further shrink the cancer. I have been reading that Alimta is a low chemo drug and of course I am now wondering how if the previous chemo let the cancer spread, Alimta should stop it. It does not make any sense to me. I also did some research and found that some patients are receiving Alimta along with Avastin. I am wondering if this would be the way to go? The way I look about it is that the double med chemo didn\'t stop the spreading, how can a single med do it? Am I looking at this wrong? What are your opinions?