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Raised CRP can be due to infection or malignancy.
But since you are having an active infection chances are that this is more due to the infection rather than the cancer.
It may also indicate antibiotic not working yes.
Ok great so it does not necessarily mean that the cancer has progressed?
Yes that is true
It does not necessarily mean that cancer has progressed.
In your opinion is it possible to cure lung cancer through treatment or is it a case of treating it all the time?
Cancer can be cured in the early stage.
But once it has spread it cannot be cured unfortunately unless there is only very limited spread.
Even with limited spread the possibility of cure in stage 4 cancer is very minimal indeed.
The consultant told us if this chemotherapy does not work, there may be no point continuing. In your opinion what is the timeframe for a patient with this prognosis? ie nodules on both lungs and in lymph
Very difficult to say what the prognosis would be but usually up to six months.
But with the kind of spread you are talking about it's usually less than six months.
Ok I understand. Also another question - are the bloods test results a good indication that things may be improving?
Well, with the cancer spread to both lungs, blood tests may be a good indication but it's just a matter of time.
If you see what I mean.
Do you believe alternative therapies would make a difference in this case?
No alternative therapy has proven to be effective unfortunately.
Best case scenario, if chemotherapy works, what in your opinion would quality of life be?
Quality of life would be good.
Not too bad.
Depends on how she is now.
But it definitely is worth a try.
You should however be prepared for side effects.
So it's a double edged sword.
She is in great form, has no pain, slight breathing problems when exerts herself ie walking. She has also got a cough but not severe and has gotten better over the past week.
Do you believe diet is linked to cancer?
I do not think that diet is linked to cancer in her case.
In your experience have you had patients who have overcome this at this stage?
In my 11 years at stage 4 I have not had any person cured.
Not seen any person cured although the survival rate can be prolonged with treatment.
Ok. Does Her2+ cancer spread more rapidly than other cancers?
It spreads more rapidly and causes shorter disease free period and shorter survival.
One last question, in your experience do patients sometimes feel energised, eat well and talk a lot before their last few months? I s this normal?
It is associated with a poorer prognosis.
Actually, it's good that she is happy and energetic.
That indicates that her prognosis may not be as short as we expect.
Ok thank you. But ultimately regardless of her form...with this advanced cancer she does not have long to live, right?
Yes that is unfortunately true.
Ok thank you for your time.