Dealing with a Pancoast Tumor Diagnosis

Sun, 01/16/2022 - 08:56

I've started this thread for a new member I've been messaging with and we wanted to bring the conversation to the forums.
Pandora wrote about her person who has a pancoast tumor and since my husband also had one wants to hear what I have to add.
Her last post said, "I just wanted to know how your husband dealt with the disease. My father in law has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is 76 and thw pdl 1 is >1-49%, which is not so good regarding to the treatment with immunotherapy in first line."

Don was very sick for a while and the tumor left lasting physical problems but chemo and radiation cured him. He like everyone with nsclc had a lot of individual issues that make comparison difficult (it's why many oncologists look at each case as an individual type of cancer). But the destruction the tumor caused in his ribs and brachial plexus is likely similar. Your father in law with an abdominal aortic aneurysm may benefit from consulting with a vascular or cardiac specialist to help guide treatment options such as possible chemotherapy after radiation. Chemo with or after radiation adds a few percentage points to the cure rate.

Has radiation helped with his arm and shoulder pain and what has his doctors said about systemic (chemo, immuno) options in consideration to AAA?

All the best,
Janine