Topic: Question on Lung Metastasis and suspension of treatment (Xeloda)
Hey everyone -
My dad (64) was diagnosed 5/06 and has been for the most part OK since (outside of two severe infections stemming from the stent that has since been replaced). His case is quite interesting b/c he has no masses or mets to the liver or surrounding areas and still has no major mass in the ducts. He does have a significant number of lung mets and there seems to be some progression since his last CT scan in April. The confusing problem is that the team of dr's overseeing him have failed miserably at esstimating rate of progression. All they basically tell him is that there is some growth and they suspended his latest treatment (Xeloda) that he only started in April.
I have a a couple of questions:
1) Does anyone have significant experiences with lung metastasis and potential treatment specifically for lungs (embolization/radiation/anything)
2) Is it prudent to suspend treatment after only about 12/16 weeks of using Xeloda
3) He has only been on Gemzar before so we are wondering if a combo treatment might be worthwhile, even using the same drugs
He is still doing quite well and outside of fatigue has no major symptoms so quality of life is critical. We don't know if going directly to some of the more hard core chemo regimens might be a good idea at this point.
We are really confused and I am actually quite angry since my dad is a physician and is taking a very passive approach to his treatment.
Thank you and good luck to everyone!