My Father was told his Stage 3b Small Cell Lung Cancer had begun to grow again and had grown onto a rib as per the CAT scan last week.
They will start him back on Radiation 5 times a week for 2 weeks then wait 60 days to see if the tumor has shrunk. If it has they wait and do another scan 4 months after that to see the progress. If it hasnt they will pursue Chemo again.
He has been cancer free for 1+ years and his last CAT scan in September showed up clean so this came as a shock. Looks like it took off in the last 2 months. He was complaining of some upper back pain which prompted his return to the Oncologist.
Has anyone heard of lung cancer doing this? Any idea on prognosis? He is 81 now so we always knew this would come back, we just thought he'd have another year maybe two before having to deal with it.
Any input of advice would be appreciated.