Patient Comments: Lung Cancer - Facts

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Comment from: daytona7, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

Way back in the mid-80s while in the USA, I had a chest x-ray which showed a small nodule in the lower right lobe of my lung. Nothing ever came of it. Two years ago another x-ray also showed a small nodule in the lower right lobe with no follow up. Back in August or September 2014 I was diagnosed with non-small cell cancer of the lower right lobe. The nodule measured 2.6 cm. One oncologist said I had stage 3 or 4 lung cancer and wanted to put me on chemotherapy right away, before consultation with the center's radiation oncologist and biopsy of lymph node or a chance to get a second opinion. Biopsy came back as benign. Radiation oncologist said it was stage 1. On Feb. 18, I had the first of five radiation treatments. Would have had second treatment today but problem with a pinched nerve left shoulder forced me to stop treatment until the 23rd. What surprised me the most, was the lack of consultation between both oncologist at the cancer research and treatment center and myself, the patient.

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Comment from: mapski68, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 30

My 92 year old maternal aunt was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last May 2015. Due to her advanced age and other co-morbidities no treatment was initiated other than continuous oxygen therapy. She declined any further work up so oncologist discharged her with instructions to contact him if she needed him. She has now developed a cough which she describes as 'not like a cold'. My sister and I are wondering if this means the cancer is advancing. Our mom (her sister) died of lung cancer in 1969 at age 51. And our uncle (their brother) died from same disease 3 years later. We know we can't keep our aunt forever but wonder how to proceed in light of this new symptom.

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Comment from: Lung Cancer Symptoms, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I am 43. I had the CT scan for something different and a little nodule was seen in my lower left lobe of the lung. A biopsy revealed it was cancer. I had the tracheotomy and reduced left lobotomy along with a small wedge resection of upper left lung due to another smaller nodule. I had no lymph involvement. I have the suspicious cloudy opacity around my upper right lung that's being watched. Overall, the surgery in addition to recovery have eliminated cancer well, although the tracheotomy is usually an unpleasant and painful recovery even if everything goes very well. I am due to go in regarding another CT search in January to see or watch any changes inside upper right lobe; surgery may be considered and I am about to ask about the biopsy which will never be done. I imagine the 'wait in addition to see' approach is actually questionable, especially with lung cancer.

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Comment from: sharon, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 23

My husband was told he had lung cancer. He had no signs at all, he went for a checkup and that's how we found out. They told us the only thing they could do was prolong his life and told he had about 12 months to live. As they said, he had had the cancer about 18 months; that was 19 months ago and he is still going strong. So you should never give up.

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Comment from: Rosie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I am a 50 year old woman that has never smoked a day in my life. My husband made me go to the emergency room (ER) because my low back was hurting. Thanks goodness I did. I had an x-ray and they saw a spot on my spine. Then the 3 cm nodule on my right lung. What a nightmare! This was 6 weeks ago. I have mutant gene #19; adenocarcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer. They are treating me with oral medications. They are treating me really well. I hope to be cancer free...

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