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Cancer: Lung Message Board


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Dearest Faith,
Bud was a Gemzar success story. That was one of two first-line chemo agents he took. It put his NSCLC into remission. Then came a series of although not successful, at least not total losses (except for the Tarceva) as they held things in check, but did not show that solid progress the Gemzar did. In the end, when his LC was stage 4, again they put him on Gemzar and BINGO, it did its job again. Bud had the bone mets that did not respond to treatment. I strongly, thoroughly believe that in the end, the mets were in the brain (I don't know if you remember me talking about the hallucinations he was having about the bear in our living room, and the Indian brave, and he thought the house was haunted because he thought the lights were going on and off on their own), and by then, he just could not fight any longer. Faith, you are so strong. Be happy to know that the Gemzar is a good chemo agent. I know that the side-effects are tough -- fatigue to the max, sensitivity to sun (Bud could get a sun-burn going from the house to the shed), shot taste buds, and one [B]good[/B] side effect -- he never went bald on Gemzar. His 5th line was Gemzar with Carboplatin and Avastin. I believe the Avastin kicked the Gemzar in and got the foot in the door, so to speak. I think about you all of the time and just want you to LIVE Faith. LIVE!!!!

Love you and I keep you close to my heart and hold you up to the Lord in prayer.

Jan





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