I was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer this time last year and had the two lower lobes of my right lung removed in January of this year. I was offered chemotherapy afterwards, but the oncologist said that chemotherapy for my type of cancer would only increase my chance of 5-year survival by 5-10%. She didn't advise me one way or the other, which I was happy with. I declined treatment at the time. A 6-month follow up scan in October showed patches in both lungs, which resulted in a biopsy a forthnight ago. Last week the Respiratory consultant told me that the biopsy confirmed that the cancer had returned and spread to the left lung. Due to the diffuse pattern of the cancer, surgery is not an option. He said that he will ask the oncologist to contact me to discuss chemotherapy. I expect to hear from him in the next few days.
I will have questions for him, but my feeling at the moment is that I would prefer to not have have chemotherapy and try to live as comfortably as possible for however long I have left. I hope that I do not upset anyone who is having chemo, as I completely understand that it makes sense to try treat cancer with whatever tools the doctors have to hand. I just wondered if anyone with lung cancer had declined chemo and what their experience is. We are all different and I will make a decision after having a frank discussion with the oncologist.
Thanks in advance for any comments, Bluette