Patient Comments: Lung Cancer - Treatments

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Comment from: Abbott, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

The first symptoms of liver disease I experienced was itching. Bile was backing up in my blood. I have autoimmune disease and cirrhosis.

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Comment from: RobinE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in February 2011. It had metastasized to the left femur and tail bone. I went to an urgent care center because I knew I had bronchitis. Treatment did not ease the bronchitis so I returned to UCC. They took a CT scan to look for pneumonia, changed the antibiotics and sent me home. Two weeks later symptoms were worse so I returned. That's when they told me I had cancer and needed to see an oncologist. Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2010 were spent really sick and thinking that was going to be my last. I saw my oncologist end of January 2011 and started chemotherapy the 5th of February. I had to be put on oxygen and was at the point I did not care if I lived or died. I started a trial chemotherapy drug and at the end of the week I was off oxygen and felt so much better. I had 8 rounds of chemotherapy and I am glad to be alive now. The prognosis for small cell lung cancer is not good. I was given 2 weeks without treatment and 3 to 6 months with treatment. I am still here 3 years later and very thankful. I get CT scans every 3 months. Hopefully I will be around to see my 16 year old daughter graduate from college.

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Comment from: Linda Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was born in 1951 and had just turned 54. In 2005 I was diagnosed with stage 11b non small cell carcinoma. I had surgery to remove my upper lobe. Then I had chemotherapy. I had allergic reaction to my first chemotherapy treatment which was Taxotere. I got over that and the doctor tried another drug. I was fine but I was very sick and lost 30 pounds though I kept my hair. My doctor decided I should have no more chemotherapy as it was causing more problems like fevers and dehydration. Well, now it is 2013 so it's going on 8 years.

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Comment from: Gemmy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My pulmonologist saw a tiny spot on my right lower lobe 3 years ago when I had a CAT scan for an unrelated illness. He said it did not look suspicious but, at the same time, it should not be there. He prescribed CAT scans every 6 months for 3 years. On my final CAT scan in April 2013, the spot had grown and changed shape. He immediately sent me to the surgeon to have it removed (using robotic technology). I had a wedge resection in July 2013. It was Stage I adenocarcinoma with clean margins and no spread to my lymph nodes. The oncologist said I do not need additional treatment, but I will need follow up scans every 6 months for at least 5 years. Early detection saved my life.

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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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