Seeking Treatment advice for SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER 
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 Seeking Treatment advice for SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER

I am writing for a friend who was diagnosed 11/96 with small cell lung
cancer.  AT the time the cancer was found, it involved one lung and
her lymph system.   She was treated aggressively with chemo (cisplatin
and etoposide) and radiation (combined with chemo from second chem
treatment on).  In addition, she used naturopathic immune boosters,
Reconistat, Seacure, megavitamins, a high-fiber, vegetarian diet, and
Gigong.

She tolerated all this treatment well and was hoping to test clear of
cancer at the end of her six months of chemo.  Tests early in
treatment suggested that wasn't impossible.  However, just before her
sixth and final chemo, doctors discovered 30 lesions in her brain -
all smaller than 2 mm.  Five weeks of full-brain radiation followed
(up to 4,000 rads) with two targeted boosters at the end.  Which
unfortunately succeeded only in reducing the cancer load to 10,
smaller spots in her brain.  She is being offered little in the way of
possible treatment options now.  And in the last week has experienced
new symptoms - dizziness and nausea.

Does anyone know of alternatives she might try?  Since I'm not
confident of myself in this new world of bulletin boards, I'll include



Sat, 27 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Seeking Treatment advice for SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER

Quote:

> I am writing for a friend who was diagnosed 11/96 with small cell lung

> cancer.  AT the time the cancer was found, it involved one lung and
> her lymph system.   She was treated aggressively with chemo (cisplatin

> and etoposide) and radiation (combined with chemo from second chem
> treatment on).  In addition, she used naturopathic immune boosters,
> Reconistat, Seacure, megavitamins, a high-fiber, vegetarian diet, and
> Gigong.

> She tolerated all this treatment well and was hoping to test clear of
> cancer at the end of her six months of chemo.  Tests early in
> treatment suggested that wasn't impossible.  However, just before her
> sixth and final chemo, doctors discovered 30 lesions in her brain -
> all smaller than 2 mm.  Five weeks of full-brain radiation followed
> (up to 4,000 rads) with two targeted boosters at the end.  Which
> unfortunately succeeded only in reducing the cancer load to 10,
> smaller spots in her brain.  She is being offered little in the way of

> possible treatment options now.  And in the last week has experienced
> new symptoms - dizziness and nausea.

> Does anyone know of alternatives she might try?  Since I'm not
> confident of myself in this new world of bulletin boards, I'll include



 Unfortunately, the treatment of most malignancies which have spread to
the brain is palliative, not curative. This is particularly true when
multiple lesions are present.

Your friend was treated with the standard initial chemotherapy.
Similarly, it sounds as if she has had proper radiation. At this point,
all that can be offered is symptom management.

In my patients, I find that steroids may be of value in reducing nausea
and dizzyness from brain mets. Scopalamine, meclizine and the like may
also be helpful. You might want to try some of the hospice mailing lists
(many are listed at oncolink.upenn.edu_

Good luck with your friend because she will clearly need you in the
weeks to come.
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Sat, 27 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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