Hi my Mum has recently been diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. The cancer was only 1.5cms when first diagnosed but grew by 1cm in just over a week. Within 2 weeks my Mum had 3 x 1hr treatments of Cyber Knife Radiotherapy. This finished just over a week ago. This week we saw the Oncologist. I was surprised when he said he wants her to have Chemotherapy (Etoposide and Cisplatin) as my Mum has a bad heart, thyroid problems, has an ICD fitted to her heart , her lungs are already pretty damaged and she’s very underweight from years of not looking after herself very well. We’d originally been told that she wouldn’t be offered Chemo because they didn’t think she’d be able to cope with it.
Now the Oncologist has given Mum a week to think about it with a view to starting it the week after. It’s such an awful decision to make. He said the radiotherapy could have blasted all the cancer cells but some could still be lurking and the chemo would act like an insurance policy. However there’s no guarantees it won’t have a bad effect on Mums heart or that the cancer wouldn’t reoccur , spread, carry on growing....if there’s any there at all now!
Mums wanting me to help her reach this decision but I just don’t know.
Has anyone got/had any experience like this please?