I had my right upper lung lobe removed in May 2018 due to stage 1 NSCL cancer. The doctors here at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC didn’t feel I needed Chemo. Around August 2018 I asked my Surgeon to refer me to an Oncologist so I can ask them if Chemo is an option for me. At that time the oncologist said they didn’t feel it was necessary because the surgeon had got all the cancer and that if I got it I would being doing myself more harm possibly then good.
In Jan 2019, I started getting bad head aches, neausea, falling over while standing and squatting. My primary doctor sent me for a head scan and sure enough my cancer had moved to my brain. Then my primary doctor sent me to my oncologist where through a CT scan they found active lymph nodes in my neck which probably moved the cancer to my brain. I was at that time diagnosed as Stage 4.
Immediately I started head radiation for 10 days. When I was done with that I ended up in the hospital several times with dehydration and then the last stay I had phemonia with blood clots in my lungs and the back of my left knee. I was then put on elequist and heart medication.
In March or April 2019 I started:
Immunotherapy - Keytruda
Chemo - Pemetrexed -Alimta
Chemo - Carboplatin - Paraplatin
The brain tumors were shrinking and my lymph nodes but due to my being so neauseated and dizzy they wanted to keep me on Immunotherapy only so my quality of life would get better, which it has.
My last CT scan showed my lymph nodes increased in size by a couple of mm. The oncologist said that sometimes it happens and then they shrink back. My next scans will come the week of Christmas. I pray to god the scans show shrinkage to the lymp nodes.
The question I have is while on Immunotherapy does it ward off the cold flu or the stomache flu?
Sorry my post was so long but wanted you guys to know my history in case you have any questions.
Feeling very lucky. ❤️❤️