She wanted to see her kids graduate..(Lung cancer patient)
Today one of my patient diagnosed with lung cancer came to see me in OPD . She was 45 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer and since then we have travelled a long journey together. Initially she was diagnosed with early lung cancer and then relapsed after 2 years. I still remember her concerns. She was angry, sad, frustrated. Why me? She kept asking me . She wanted to see her kids graduate . She had cancer in bones and lymph nodes. We did a repeat biopsy on her and she turned out to be EGFR mutation positive , means she could be treated with a pill,. I put her on tablet geftinib which is a targeted therapy. One year back her cancer did spread to brain. Her MRI showed one single metastasis. So the concerns were , will there be side effects from whole brain RT e.g, cognitive dysfunction. I told her she does not have to worry about that as there is a new technique called SBRT( Stereotactic brain radiation) , which means that only affected part of brain will be irradiated . Rest of brain will be spared. She is continuing with geftinib. Today was her 49th birthday and her kids have graduated.
Not always but this time happy ending of story.