Patient Comments: Lung Cancer - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with lung cancer.

Comment from: sharky, (Caregiver) Published: April 08

I lost my closest cousin to lung cancer. At first she thought she just had the flu but when she went to the doctor after 2 weeks of being sick he diagnosed her with lung cancer.

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Comment from: darla, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

My mother had lung cancer in 1987. She has long since passed but she went to the Livingston Clinic in San Diego Ca., they treated and taught her how to live holistically. She gave herself B6 shots and she drank tons and tons of carrot juice to keep her platelets up, she was on 2500 of vitamin C twice a day. She had cancer in both lungs, she was given 6 months and lived 4 years and almost had it licked.

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Comment from: CITH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I had a spiral x-ray of my lungs about 4 years ago. Then the emergency room (ER) doctor told me that I had a nodule on my lung. Like a fool I ignored this and never gave the ER information to my family doctor. I figured that if this was serious the hospital would contact my doctor and not tell me inform my doctor. Now I am very dizzy, ready to pass out just walking a few feet to the washroom. I suffer from SPMS (secondary progressive multiple sclerosis) and depression. Now my family doctor after blood work and description of my symptoms including severe pain on my upper shoulder, back, and breast area says I have to go for chest x-ray to check for lung cancer. I am scared I do not want to know. I have a husband and 2 children. Yes, I am a big fool. I am frightened, I have been smoking since the age of 13 and am now 60. I smoke 2 to 3 packs a day.

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Comment from: MyMother'sDaughter, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 29

I'm just so scared. My mom is 84 and we took her to the emergency room (ER) because her blood pressure was high. But I started talking to the ER doctor about a persistent cough and the fact that she'd been to the doctor twice and she was not getting better. They decided to do a CT scan and they saw a mass and a suspected cancer diagnosis. They admitted her with the intent to a biopsy the next day. A bunch of delays and mix ups caused her biopsy to be delayed until Christmas Eve. Her coughing has finally subsided a bit, however she is now saying she's hoarse. She's also saying she's a little wheezy. She's been living with COPD since 2000 and if it weren't for the fact that she most likely has cancer, I wouldn't think any of these two developments because it is nothing new. We are now just in a waiting game. We had a great Christmas but I fear it will be our last with her. I've applied for FMLA (Family and Medical Leave) just in case.

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Comment from: Joanna, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 12

My mom is 47 and just went to the emergency room (ER) due to not being able to swallow. They did an MRI and found lung cancer and she was put in ICU on Thanksgiving evening 2014 to do more tests. It spread to two spots of her brain, top left and bottom right. After a week she went home and now she is on her 8th radiation treatment. There are two more to go and no chemotherapy yet; they said it wouldn't do much good. They gave her six months to live. She is doing well so far. Doctor said she will be good for a little then it will start going downhill.

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Comment from: keleee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I went in to my doctor's because I was coughing up bloody sputum. I had a general dry cough off and on. I had wheezing and chest noises. I also had mucus in the back of my throat that I had to spit up regularly. My doctor ordered a chest x-ray and they saw something so they ordered a CAT scan which showed a 3 inch mass which looked like cancer. I go to a pulmonary clinic in a few days to stage the cancer. I hope it is not too advanced.

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Comment from: Daddy's Girl, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

My dad was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) when he was 49. He is now 63. He had chemotherapy in 2007 and all was well until last year August 2013. He became sick again and went to the doctor and they gave him blood transfusions because his blood count was low. In December 2013, he ended up in the hospital and after many tests they figured out he had hepatitis B from the blood transfusions. So finally after getting that sorted they started chemotherapy in March 2014, 2 days a month for 6 months. He then started getting bad vision and has cataracts and needs surgery but they cannot do it until after his last chemotherapy which should have been this past week, August 1, 2014. So he went to get blood drawn and they said he did not need any more chemotherapy! But then they said they needed to admit him and run tests because 2 weeks prior they took a CT scan and found a spot on his lung. So they admitted him, did biopsy, and it is lung cancer. So next week he goes and gets a PET scan to see how bad it is, and the type of cancer. I am so frustrated and do not understand how so many bad things are happening to my father. I am not ready to lose my dad. My dad is so upset and angry. He does not want to have any more chemotherapy!

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