New to this site. My Mother in law has stage 4 NSCLC. She was diagnosed exactly a year ago today. She started with chemo last December.
First two rounds were CISPLATIN AND PEMETREXED.
After complications she was switched to CARBOPLATIN AND PEMETREXED
In May started on maintenance PEMETREXED. This was short lived (3) as her creatinine continued to climb, final maintenance was June 17th.
July 20th found that the cancer was growing but no sign of metastasis. Doctor put in for TARCEVA. Had five rounds of radiation on lung in August. Started TARCEVA on August 12th (only lasted a week)
August 20th after a fall and trip to the hospital found out that the cancer had spread to her brain. She had 5 full head radiation treatments and was put on DEXAMETHASON (slowly weaned off by Sept. 16th). September 21st back to hospital with lung abscess (had 2 weeks of antibiotics) at that time we found out that more lymph nodes were affected by the cancer.
Sept 28th put back on DEXAMETHASONE (4 mg once daily). October 7th finally got back on TARCEVA.
We have seen a huge improvement over the last several weeks (improved breathing, no coughing, better appetite). Not sure if this improvement is from the TARCEVA, DEXAMETHASONE or RADIATION. Possibly all? No major side effects so far (specifically no rash) only seems tired.
She had tested negative for mutation at beginning of treatment. Is it possible that the TARCEVA can still work well for her and can TARCEVA show an improvement in only a few weeks time?