My mother was diagnosed with NSCLC in 2014 and was on Chemo for a year until it started to not work. She is stage IV because of a pleural effusion in addition to a small nodule in her right lung. Chemo did result in stabilizing the tumor and resolving a nearby early stage lymph node metastasis. She is otherwise very healthy. keeping her weight, and exercising. She did well on chemo, other than high blood pressure, but the chemo started to not work.
So, for almost a year she is on Opdivo. the first 6 months there was no signs for concern. Now, after nearly a year, she had a PET scan and she is going in for a lung biopsy and there is concerns about some area in the pancreas and under her arm pit. We are terrified, since we believed that the immunotherapy was going to be the solution until the next great breakthrough.....So, my question that I cannot seem to find anywhere, is can people in this situation go back onto a chemo drug treatment after immunotherapy....and is this type of possible set back a typical occurrence. The oncologist said early on that immunotherapy sometimes looks worst before it gets better.
Any thoughts you can share with me? I find it difficult to find anything other than positive information on Immunotherapy....For those that find this drug does not work due to their individual histology, what are the options?
Any help you can offer me and me family would be grateful to hear. Please pray for her, she is everything to us. God bless and Thank you