My mum was diagnosed with NSCLC last April. She had three rounds of keytruda along with two chemos and after her first scan, it showed a good reduction in the tumour and lymph nodes. She then continued with the immunotherapy and just one chemo. After her second scan there was marginal growth, however her consultant wasn't overly concerned and wanted her to continue for another 3 rounds because he said that it could still work. I was worried because I felt that if there was growth after 3 sessions then I couldn't see how it would improve. Then on Monday, Mum had the results of her third scan - her consultant said that the tumour had grown and that he would like to see her on Friday to discuss other treatment options.
I know that they can't cure mum. but I am clinging on to the thought that she could have the cancer managed and live a few years with it.
Mum has also now developed a hoarse voice and is fatigued a lot, which seemed to be down to her treatment. I would like to know if there are other treatment options available? Are they able to try different chemos or immunotherapy drugs? My mum's biggest fear is that they will give up trying to treat her.
She does not have the type that can be helped by targeted therapy and her PDL was less that 1%, even though they still gave her immunotherapy.
I suppose I just want to know if there are other treatment options that the consultant can use. I am so worried that he will say there is nothing else available.