Lung cancer stage IV Maintenance treatment

Posted by ina3 @ina3, Tue, Jun 18 8:06am

Hi,

My dad was just told that his lung cancer is shrinking again and no more metastasis in the brain too. 🙏🏼 So happy.

This was his second PET and MRI with the same results during more than 6 month period.

His meds are now Keytruda, Zometa, Alimta and Altuzan.

I am wondering for how long he should continue Zometa and Alimta? I want him to rest a little bit from chemo and continue Keytruda only.

Based on what doctors decide when to stop the chemo? What is recommended in this situation?

Hi There @ina3. I'm so glad that you wrote back with your dad's progress. What a wonderful report and news about your dad! Hp hip hooray! What a relief this must to both of you after so long. I might have mentioned this before that we are not medical professionals. I do not know enough about your dad to even guess at this. Your doctor will be the best one to judge. I know just how you feel about wanting your dad to have a break but since he is doing so well on his present regime do you really want to chance a relapse? He obviously has had a pretty rough time so I would hesitate to do this. It really is up to your dad though.
Here is some information for you. I believe that your dad has infusion of Alimta every 21 day
https://www.alimta.com/side-effects-and-therapy-plan.html
Here is some information for https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-21757/zometa-intravenous/details
Has your dad's cancer spread to his bones?
How is he feeling? How is his quality of life? How are you and your family holding up?

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Thank you for sharing. I LOVE HEARING good news. I am doing Keytruda as well without chemo and am having good results so far. Wishing the best for your dad.

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That is great news! Don't know much about the medication and all it entails, but it is great to hear how well you father jis doing.

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Hi There @ina3. I'm so glad that you wrote back with your dad's progress. What a wonderful report and news about your dad! Hp hip hooray! What a relief this must to both of you after so long. I might have mentioned this before that we are not medical professionals. I do not know enough about your dad to even guess at this. Your doctor will be the best one to judge. I know just how you feel about wanting your dad to have a break but since he is doing so well on his present regime do you really want to chance a relapse? He obviously has had a pretty rough time so I would hesitate to do this. It really is up to your dad though.
Here is some information for you. I believe that your dad has infusion of Alimta every 21 day
https://www.alimta.com/side-effects-and-therapy-plan.html
Here is some information for https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-21757/zometa-intravenous/details
Has your dad's cancer spread to his bones?
How is he feeling? How is his quality of life? How are you and your family holding up?

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Merry, thanks for your support and nice words. His quality of life is ok, i guess it could be worse. He does not have much side effects, the only thing that he complains is little bit of numbness in his feet due to neuropathy. I guess, he had a very energetic life style and its not the same now but still very, very thankful. Yes, it was spreaded in the bone initially but with zometa it was controlled.

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