Hi everyone. I've been over on the Colon Club boards for 2 months learning all I could about Colon cancer, but last week, after a new diagnosis, I've abandoned that community and found this community. Boy, can I use some information and I'm hoping you all can help me. Here's the story:
Early April, my dear 77 yo Dad had emergency bowel resection (no colostomy) with 5 of 12 lymphs showing cancer indicators. After 10 days in the hospital, we were told of a spot on the lung. We knew about it, as regular check-ups had indicated no concern and most likely a result of pneumonia bout he'd had 15 years ago. But this time, a PET scan indicated it was "lit up". So chemo for the colon delayed, while we checked out this spot. A biopsy done, indicated cancer, and surgery would remove it. Once the surgery was performed, the surgeon noted the lung had 20-30 spots (I've since learned they were too small to be seen on previous scans). We were devastated...this was not good at all. Now, the path report indicated the two cancers are different and not mets of each other. So, we forget the colon for now, and we start new chemo cocktail for Stage 4 LC.
Here's what I know: Yesterday, he was given a cocktail of Carboplatin, Alimta and some Avastin tossed in for good measure (tho Avastin has been delayed until next round) I think I know all the side effects of these new drugs and I've prepared my folks for all that and armed them with all the solutions to combat those side effects. He will take 2 steroid pills day before and after infusion, Emend for nausea. He will be monitored for white cell count too, (Neulasta? shot today) He will be "off" two weeks, and then round 2 is scheduled July 7.
I'm curious about the drugs ability to fight all those spots? Will they shrink the "spots" into something manageable? Should I be asking about another drug? Like Tarceva? Seems everyone is on something different and I'm still learning...you all seem to be a wealth of info!