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Re: Seeing a orthopedic Onc.... Elle
As I understand that there are two types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell. Keytruda is like a miracle treatment for one of these. I don't remember which. New drugs are coming out every day. Instead of toxic drugs, a lot of researchers are working with the immune system. Many feel, in time, that that is where a cure will be found. My father died with lung cancer in the early 80s. By the time he was diagnosed it had already spread to his spine and liver. It was all the radiation used in those days that killed him - not the cancer so I know what you're talking about.
If the cancer hasn't spread from the lung/s a person can be cured. My ex-MIL had half a lung removed and lived many years afterward. It never recurred. She never needed or had chemo or radiation.
My guess is that if a cure is found it will involve our immune system because nothing else kills the cancer stem cells that cause recurrence and metastases. Let's hope these new immunotherapies can kill the cancer stem cells and end this miserable disease before it kills the person.