Patient Comments: Lung Cancer - Treatments

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Comment from: Carolyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I am a forty seven year old nurse, I had bronchitis in January 2015, which I have had in past, and was seen by a nurse practitioner. One week later I was still not feeling well. I got antibiotic and was wheezing. Two weeks later I was still feeling weak and new symptom was joint point all over. I decided to go see my family doctor who did a thorough exam and started me on steroid for five days. I got a lot of pain relief, although when it was done I had severe pain in chest and back for which I now went to the emergency room. They did chest x-ray and gave me nebulizer treatment and I was told I had pleurisy. I was sent home with pain medicines and inhaler. One week later I was back to emergency room with fever, pain in chest and back and weakness. Finally a CAT scan of my chest was done and I got the devastating news I have stage 3A lung cancer. I am doing radiation and chemotherapy as of a couple weeks now. I am sad, depressed and scared. I don't know now what my future will hold for me, but I'm very grateful for my loving and supportive family and friends. My final thought, chest x-rays don't show most lung cancers, CT scans need to be done sooner and apparently and more frequently because lung cancers are found in later stages, so sadly.

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Comment from: Amber, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 24

My husband aged 57 years was diagnosed with NSCLC (non-small cell lung carcinoma) on 22 December 2010. He had a wonderful treatment. He had no symptoms except a lingering cough. After having a chest x-ray he was told he had stage 4B lung cancer, unfortunately he passed away on 12 November 2011.

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Comment from: Newfybear, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have always had medical problems, but in 1995, the stress I had to endure was too much and my body reacted. First, lupus, Leukemia for my Igg was 4610, fibromygia, neuropathy, and bone marrow biopsies. My Igg went down to the 2000's and low Igm and Iga. I began falling so my neurologist had me have a PET scan which showed I had non cell lung cancer dxed at the end of March. I have two of three lobes with cancer on my right lung. For the person that asked about the protein, yes, I always had high protein. I was tested for the chemo oral pill and because I have some mutant gene, it will not work for me. No radiation except to remove my entire right lung. I said no to that. I do smoke, but I am/was always into art. At 17, after high school, I went right into art school where there was no ventilation when we worked on oils, turps, linseed oils, pastels, etc. At 25, I also re-entered art school in another state also with no ventilation. At the end of March, I was dxed with non-cell lung cancer. There is no cure for me, and I told my children I will try chemo just for them. I start June 1. I will be having chemo for 2-1/2 hours for 3 weeks. I told my children if I get very sick, I am going to stop. I don't even cough. I just want to enjoy my life as it is now. I am 65 years old and live alone. I am also on a holistic orphan drug that is being tested. It seems I'm the only one that likes the test.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I was diagnosed with stage one non-small cell lung cancer in January of 2011. I was operated on in April for a lobectomy of the upper right lobe. I had no follow up chemo therapy because my oncologist said they caught it early enough where they could more than likely get all of the cancer during the surgery as long as it hasn't spread to my lymph nodes. It has not. I will be going for follow up CAT scans and blood work every six months for a couple of years, and should be fine as long there is no reoccurrence.

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Comment from: annette, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

The cancer was already in stage 4 when diagnosed. It was in the lining of the left lung and the lymphnode above the lung. I was given chemo treatments for a period of three months, making me very ill. It could not be removed surgically due to being in the lining of the lung. A scan was done showing it wasn't spreading at this time. Three months later it had spread more. I am finishing 16 weeks treatment now with Avastin and different meds. They seem to be helping more.

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