Categorizing tumors by cell type and not the organ they grow in may alter treatment, experts say
by alliestclair on Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:00 AM
by trehouse60 on Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:00 AM
On 9/12/2008 alliestclair wrote:My aunt had a lung tumor that had metastasized from a primary uterine leiomyosarcoma and it grew from 10 cm to 25 cm in 5 months, while she was getting chemo. They told her it was "low grade" and slow growing but that seems really fast to me. Could she have misunderstood them?
I'm wondering if there might be a misunderstanding in the measurements. A 10 cm tumor would be 4 inches and a 25 cm tumor would be about 8 inches - which would just about fill an entire side of the ribcage. And that would NOT be a slow-growing, low grade tumor.
If the measurements given were actually millimeters, it would make a whole lot more sense. 10 mm would be 1 cm, which isn't that big of a tumor, and 25mm would be just about one inch. While that still may seem like a lot of growth in 5 months, It still is a pretty small tumor and could very well be low grade and slow growing.
However, the fact that it IS still growing despite chemo is a matter of concern - might indicate that the chemo isn't working as desired. On that standpoint I would think it would be worth it for your aunt to get a 2nd opinion on treatment, and to consider adding complementary and/or alternative therapies to the chemo. (Natural treatment consisting of diet, supplements and/or herbs.) Certainly getting nutrients to boost the immune system would be the very least addition to get her well.
These are wonderful sites if you want to look at complementary and alternative therapies:
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