My husband had a left pneumonectomy in October 2014 and completed 4 rounds of carboplatin and vinorelbine. He is now 74, fit, active and no other health problems. He was exposed to dioxins and asbestos in his service in Vietnamese waters during the Vietnam War. Even though he is 3.5 years NED, at our request he had a PET scan recently (just to check up on things) and local recurrence has been detected and confirmed by EBUS. We are awaiting mutation testing but seeing an oncologist on Tuesday. This now is a whole new world to us now, talk of genetic mutations, targeted therapy etc. There is talk of chemotherapy, a trial of chemotherapy and 2 drugs, or seeing if he has another mutation - tests will take around 10 days. It seems to me that waiting for the genetic testing is the first step. Does this seem right? He has an oncologist appointment in a couple of days but the results won’t be back. How can my husband make any decisions? Well, he can’t really until more information to hand. Thank you, we are a bit shocked, Judy.
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 08:21#1
Recurrence 3.5 years after pneumonectomy - 1294432