My dad is diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer over 12 months ago. cancer was in his left lung at first
He has undergone chemotherapy for his first lots of treatments he had Gemcitabine and Carboplatin (combination) After the first round of these treatments it actually shrunk the cancer. but doctor dosn't want to do this treatment again. I don't know why
He then put dad on a break. After 8weeks they did a scan and the cancer started to grow again.
Then his second lots of chemo treatments he had was Pemepemetrexed (with this treatment it was stable) but had to have regular blood transfusions.
Then again was put on a break.. the cancer has now grown larger and with more modules..
Then they commenced Nivolumab trial drug.....Dad had phnemonia from it and was hospitalised. when he came out they did another treatement of nivolumab and now said they have to stop
The cancer has grown and now is in both lungs. so they said if they did nothing it will definately spread.
so the options given is to whether to go back to the first chemo durg Gemcitabine and Carboplatin which is not what they normally would do. or to chemo drug Docetaxel which is what the norm is after nivo.
They said if he goes back to the first drugs he was given then it will cause an alergic reaction. so confused
had anyone been returned to a previous chemo drug they were given after a period