My mum was diagnosed with NSCLC Squamous in July. She had a 10.5x7cm tumour in her left lower lobe and 2 enlarged lymph nodes on the same side as the tumour. The tumour was also impinging on the pericardium. For this reason, we were told surgery was not an option and only pallaitive chemo could be given.
We sought a second opinion and found a wonderful oncologist. He firmly disagreed on the pallaitive route! My mum is 58, incredibly well (only had a cough) and no spread to the rest of the body (She had a PET scan). He agreed that mum's tumour was too large for radiotherapy at that stage but that if the chemotherapy was successful at shrinkage, he would want to give my mum radical radiotherapy with intent to cure! We went away focussed on this.
Well Mum's had a fantastic response to Chemo (cisplatin/gemzar)! After first round, her tumour had shrunk to 7x5.5cm and the lymph nodes were now 1cm and no longer considered significant. Cough disappeared. She's now just finished her third round of chemo and the tumour is now 5x3.5cm!!! And well clear of the heart and pericardium. We are thrilled. The 2nd oncologist we saw now wants to start radical tomotherapy 5 days a week for 6 weeks - with intent to cure. He says Mum will not need anymore chemo after this radiotherapy as research has shown no benefit in having extra Chemo. He is confident with using the radical radiotherapy to eradicate the rest of the cancer. He says mum has a 30% chance of cure. She will be monitored.
The original (pessimistic) hospital has now changed it's tune after Mum's great response. They now say they would also give her radical radiotherapy (not tomotherapy) but they feel an extra round of chemo after this is essential (they haven't backed this up though). They use the sandwich technique.
Can you please give me your opinions? Would you give my mum further chemo after this radical radiotherapy? Or would that be putting her through more chemo unneccesarily. Many thanks for your help.