Barbs' Journey with Small Cell, Lung Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Lung Cancer > Small Cell

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Male, Age: 83, Stage Limited, SIADH: Don't Know

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    • Barbs
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Oh No

    Husband was officially diagnosed on February 1, 2013, but we knew. He was hospitalized in January with severe diarrhea and cough after several weeks of feeling ill and seeing our PCP. They did a CT-scan and found the tumor -- we just didn't expect the prognosis.

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    • Barbs
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    We were frightened when we entered the Cancer Center, but our oncology nurse and the doctor were so competent. The nurses in the infusion center told us everything they were doing and why. It helped. My husband did suffer with loss of appetite, some nausea and extreme fatigue after his first round of chemo. The weakness and fatigue impacted daily life and the stomach problems (diarrhea) persisted for weeks. He said it was the diarrhea that demoralised him, more than anything.

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    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point

    The oncologist told us that the type of cancer we have is incurable and likely to spread. We talked about what we wanted -- as good as possible, for as long as possible -- was our choice. We opted for chemotherapy and hoped for the best -- remission. My husband had not smoked for more than 30 years -- lung cancer! Incredible! My husband made the decision to go into treatment -- and I am so glad to have more time together. But, we have agreed that he can change his mind at any point -- he only has to say "enough". He is so brave.

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    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug Therapy or Medication

    After my husband's second round of chemo he was given an injection of Neulasta to stimulate white blood cell production. We were told that he would experience bone pain. Our oncology nurse told us what to do to head off the pain -- Claritin and Tylenol started a few hours before the injection and continued with regular dosages for at least 48 hours. He got through the pain and has started feeling better. We are concentrating on the things we have control over -- nutrition, exercise, rest.

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    • Barbs
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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