Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Today my mom was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer.  The cancer is malignant and has metasized to her liver.  She has one smaller spot on her lung, but she has several on her liver spanning two lobes and some of the spots are quite large.  Small Cell Lung Cancer is rare with 15-20% of all patients diagnosed with Lung Cancer having the small variety.  This was a pretty disappointing diagnosis, because even though all Lung Cancers can not be cured and only have palliative treatments, Small Cell Lung Cancer is much more aggressive.  However, since Small Cell is so aggressive, it also responds rapidly to chemotherapy, which is a blessing.  The doctors have suggested starting chemotherapy immediately, but we plan on going to Fox Chase and Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia to get more opinions.