My husband was diagnosed with NSLC Stage IIB back in May, 2014. They tried doing VATS surgery in July but the tumor was too big and inoperable. He has no metastasis and no lymph node involvement anywhere. He was treated with 7 rounds of carbo/taxol chemo very aggressive then had 3 more rounds of chemo (smaller dose) concurrent with 35 radiation treatments. Radiation Onc wanted him to continue the chemo while on radiation but his body was not opt to it (74 years) so we are thankful he was able to complete all the radiation. The doctors at the time thought he was NED. He also developed radiation pneumonitis which they are treating with prednisone.
Subsequent they did a PET SCAN one month later and found it inconclusive so they sent him to a pulmonologist for a bronchoscopy and biopsy to make sure.
Today we got the results and it seems they were not able to get rid of the tumor completely and there are still cancerous cells. (adenocarcinoma). His oncologist wants him now to start chemo treatment with Alimta once every 3 weeks for 6 months or possibly a year to be able to get rid of the whole thing. My question is once you start on Alimta is that for curable purposes is there still chance of complete remission or just maintenance and is his Stage still a IIB?
I wanted to ask on your web site but was not sure how to do it. I hope emailing you is ok.
Martha A Ginory