Categorizing tumors by cell type and not the organ they grow in may alter treatment, experts say
by kc1102 on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:00 AM
My father has stage 4 nsclc with adrenal mets. Based on all the posts I seem to read on the lung cancer forum...I dont think I have come across anyone else that had it there. Most seem to have liver, bones, and brain. I read that adrenal glands are the 4th most common place metastasis occurs after the lungs, liver, and bone. I dont know if I am just trying to make myself feel better or not but is is possible that since the cancer initially bypassed two of the more common spots that lung cancer usually goes...liver and bone, is it less likely they will spread there? Or is adrenal mets even worse? I know adrenal gland cancer is rare but when it is metastasis, the tumor originates from the primary site and the cells are of the primary organ.Even though he is considered stage 4, I still feel he is at an advantage only having one distant site involved as opposed to multiple and I just want to know if there is a high chance of it continuing to spread?He is currently doing chemo and I know that is no guarantee of anything. I have him taking many natural supplements to attack this as well. If anyone has any input, it would be appreciated. I am not even sure what I am asking anymore ! :) Thank you
by lori1 on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:00 AM
It sounds like you have many appropriate questions, but your Dad's oncologist should be able to answer them.
Please bear in mind that Dr's are dealing with their "statistics", but all of us react differently to treatment.
I was given a prognosis of 6-12 months and it's been 17 since my diagnosis. I, too, am Stage IV.
by Gord06 on Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:00 AM
In october 2003 i was informed i had lung cancer. Had half of left lung removed. Six months later was told cancer spread to left adrenal gland. Was given one round of chemo and then they decided to remove adrenal gland. Eight months later was told it has now spread to right adrenal gland. They also removed it. I have survived four years so yes there is hope. After glands were removed have to take cortisone twice a day.
by Dothedewmom on Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:00 AM
First I want to say that I am sorry that your family is dealing with this. My mother passed away July2, 2007 from lung cancer. Her cancer was found in January 2007 stage IV with mets to right adrenal gland. Right before they found the cancer she was Dx as a type 2 diabetic. That came as a shock to us because mom didn't fit the typical type 2 patient. Then the cancer was found. So mom was stuck with cancer and diabetes. After her first round of chemo another scan was done and the cancer had moved to the left adrenal gland. Every person's cancer is different. Just because it went here on this person doesn't mean it will on that person. Mom's cancer was in her right lung only never left lung, both adrenal glands and the brain. It didn't go anywhere else. Just take this one step at a time. That's all you really can do. I don't mean to sound negative as this is just my mom's story. I wish the best for your family. Take care
by nevada428 on Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:00 AM
You say...."have him taking many natural supplements to attack this as well". _ Have you read Lothar Hirneise' on Johanna Budwig ? I followed her protocol(exactly) out of sheer desperation in 2000 and have been spared the horrors of chemo, radiation, and loss of bodily functions. My thinking was 'what have I got to lose' after praying to God for some answer. gene
by Marvin_R on Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:00 AM
I read your post inregards to Adrenal metastasis. I had surgary for nsclc in 2001, they removed the upper lobe on my left side. After two years trearment free it returned to the adrenal gland. I was given chemo to reduce the size of the tumer followed up with surgary removing the gland.I am now treatment free and the doc's say the chance of it recuring are slim. I hope your dad stays well and enjoys one day at a time
by brokenarrow on Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:00 AM
kc, your statement about "I don't even know what I'm asking" is so familiar. I feel that even today, my lack of knowledge is huge. That said...
In March of '07 I was diagnosed with stage-IV NSCLC with primary in right upper lobe and spread to left adrenal gland.
Huge story with many details, as the last 10 months have been a whirlwind, but long story short, I was just, last week, diagnosed to be cancer free. My treatment continues, in an effort to reduce the chance of recurrence.
There is certainly hope. Every person is different as is the treatment available to them. I will likely post the details of my experience on the board as soon as I figure out where it's most appropriate. (I'm really new here). I wish you the best of luck with your Dad.
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