I would like to hear if anyone has had any success in treatment for the cancerous tumor, squamous, stage III, that is wrapped around windpipe, pushed against esophogus (sp), and also has large blood vessel going through it? I am not reading or hearing anything about this, and am wondering if it is really a rare thing. Whatever you can offer, don't sugar coat it. I've had all the "sugar coating" I can take, and I NEED TO KNOW. Radiation/etoposide/cisplatin, seven week treatment, very well tolerated, knocked it back to 30% of its size, then, supposedly, although making him very sick, the Alimta "kicked ass" their words, and has had two more alimtas with meds added to help avoid the nausea. A trip to the hosp, again,pneumonia??? dehydration!!---got fluids, antibiotics, and BACK ON STEROIDS. Has been feeling very weak in the legs. Also very short of breath. Had CT in hosp. Called the Dr. to check about meds for the next chemo on 6/19/07, told he probably won't have Alimta but can't remember what they told him it might be, because he was upset , having been told the CT showed more cancer. Also the nurse would not answer questions, said talk to Dr. Tues. Why start something and leave one hanging????? I hope someone can shed some light. Thank you and God Bless Everyone Having this horrible THING and all those taking care of them.