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Hello Cindy-
I am so sorry to hear about yours and your husbands journey! Hopefully, you will find the correct course of treatment.

In May, 2015, my wife was treated for NSCLC in her right lung with surgery, chemo, and ultimately immunotherapy (Opdivo), but the tumors continued to grow and the cancer metastasized to the left lung.

Finally, in 2016 our oncologist at Mayo ordered a Molecular Study, from which he determined the tumors were from a breast cancer mutation! Fall of 2016, he changed her treatment to a clinical trial, which seems to have neutralized the tumor growth with minimal side effects. She has now had 15 months of infusions every three weeks with a remarkably good quality of life!

Bottom line…I would recommend you ask your oncologist to order a molecular study of the biopsey to insure the proper course of treatment. He may need to do another lung biopsy as the original may not have yielded a large enough sample. That is what was required for my wife.
Best of luck to you and your husband!

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Thank you for sharing this! I hope your wife continues to do well on her treatment plan. I am a breast cancer survivor of 4 years but my diagnosis and treatment were much more straightforward. I wasn't prepared for what my husband is going through but I now see why the doctors are being so particular about the testing and diagnosis. We need to know exactly what we're dealing with here. My husband's latest biopsy was of a lymph node and they ordered additional testing with that to get more information…..Your post has really helped me today and I appreciate your support and you taking the time.