Hi there, in February of this year my mum was diagnosed with stage 3B squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer. It's been an emotional roller coaster. The doctors have been very positive about my mum. She was given aggressive chemo and radiation which she completed 2 months ago and recently started on immunotherapy. Her scan shortly after finishing radiotherapy showed a reduction in the tumour by 22mm (almost half). The doctor said that it's excellent news. The doctors also seem so surprised that my mum looks so well for her age and is in such good shape (she turns 71 on Sunday).
My mum is doing really well. She's got her energy and zest for life back. She's very positive and is determined to beat the cancer. I was positive as well, but I'm scared to be too positive. I'm scared what if the immunotherapy doesn't work and if it does, the effects won't be permanent.
The doctors said that they're aiming to cure my mum, which is incredible as typically stage 3B lung cancer cannot be cured. I've been reading a lot on the internet about lung cancer and it's made me feel very anxious. A lot of the articles contradict themselves; some say stage 3B lung cancer can't be cured, others say it can. Others say squamous cell doesn't have as good a prognosis as other cell types, others don't really point out that there's a difference between adecarcinoma and squamous cell. Other sites say that there's been big advances in treating lung cancer especially at an advanced stages, whilst others say that the outcomes are still poor.
This makes me feel more anxious. Would they offer my mum immunotherapy if they didn't think that her cell type was compatible? The immunotherapy they are giving her is part of the treatment plan and isn't experimental.
I want my mum to live for as long as possible. We joke that she'll live to 102. I really hope that she does (obviously as long as she's not in any pain or suffering). If the doctors are aiming to cure her, does this mean that they hope that she'll be cancer-free and it won't come back?