My wife was recently diagnosed with extrapulmonary small cell cancer which presented in the breast. After having PET scan and brain MRI the cancer was thankfully no where else in her body. This type of cancer is very rare and the treatment is typically the same as for small cell lung cancer (SCLC). She is currently receiving 4 cycles of chemotherapy (carboplatin and etoposide) - she is in the 3rd cycle at present. She is also receiving targeted radiation therapy (she has almost completed her scheduled 25 sessions). From what one reads, the general prognosis is poor with small cell cancer, and depending on how the tumour responds to treatment, we are left with very little else in terms of secondary treatment. We received the tumour sequencing results and there are no targetable genes for immunotherapy. I am just wondering if anyone else has been in the same/similar situation, and what possible treatments there are that could be available to her? Physically, she has handled the treatment like a warrior, she is a bit fatigued but generally fine physically. We have a 12 year old son, and it is this that takes the most toll on my wife. The mental struggle knowing that she might not be here to see all his landmark moments (going to secondary school, graduating from College, getting married etc,) is extremely difficult. If anyone can suggest any way of how to ease this struggle, it would be greatly appreciated. It is hard to have any hope when faced with limited options, so any good news stories would also be appreciated.
Stay strong everyone