A full day spent with the oncologist and his staff, and Dad ended up with better news than the radiologist had last week.
Dad is applying for a clinical study (looks like he’ll get in easily) which pairs high doses of Celebrex with a chemotherapy drug, to enhance the performance of the drug against the tumor in his lung. The combination has been sometimes shown to prevent the mass from growing larger, and sometimes to make it shrink.
He would start this study today. After seeing that his tumor has doubled in size in three months (still 3-4 cms across), I am thrilled that the onocologist is going after this treatment agressively.
So, instead of doing nothing and waiting for the inevitable, Dad has been offered a path where he can do something about his cancer, and perhaps increase his odds for survival.
Needless to say, this is better news.