So I have a question. My husband was diagnosed with ext. SCLC, mets to bones picked up by PET after nothing showing on CT of bone, abdomen/pelvis,brain. Originally thought he was limited but the PET changed it all. First line chemo carbo/etoposide 6 cycles - handled beautifully with little, if any side effects. My husband didn't want chemo to end because he felt so good but onc said no. Has anyone had 8 cycles or stayed on etoposide after? There has to be some maintenance chemo for ext. SCLC just like for NSCLC.
Relapse within 90 days discovered after getting CT scan to qualify for a clinical trial. Question is - more chemo to keep cancer throughout system at bay or thoracic radiation on lung tumor? I never heard of anyone having only one line of chemo when there are others available so it seems like that is the better choice since chemo worked the first time. Everyone responds differently to chemo so topotecan or irinotecan or one of the drugs might work. Seems like radiation should be the last choice unless trying to relieve some specific current painful site.
I hate this disease and find it completely unacceptable that there isn't more research into it. If they can get such a great handle on HIV/AIDS in 25 years, why not lung cancer. Still believe there is bias in the medical community against smokers even though we have the tobacco companies to blame for that IMO.