kayjay72's Journey:

Family/Friend: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage IIIA, EGFR mutation positive: Don't Know

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    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Needle Biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    3/26/13

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 2
    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Confirmed the node is cancer

    Oh No

    3/28/13 - Results Day: We suspected cancer, and were expecting to be told it was the small-cell type. Very relieved to learn it was non-small cell and could be removed via surgery.

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  3. 3
    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    04/04/13 The surgery was successful. Spent six days in hospital.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Cancer was found in 4 of the 12 lymph nodes removed with the upper lobe of the right lung. One of the cancerous lymph nodes was found behind the windpipe, putting the cancer at stage 3a. Oncologist suggests 7 weeks of chemo/radiation. Had PET scan and MRI to make sure cancer hasn't spread elsewhere in body -- both came back clear.

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  5. 5
    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First day of chemo and radiation treatment. 11 minutes into chemo, she experienced extreme chest and back pain. Blood pressure registered 212/88. Nurse determine it was adverse reaction to taxol. Now getting half amount of the drug, so chemo is taking twice as long.

    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Esophagitis

    Oh No

    05/08: Yesterday was only Day 2 and she's already experiencing esophagitis. The oncologist was surprised and said that patients usually don't experience esophagitis until the fourth week of treatment.

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    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Potassium levels rising

    Oh No

    Potassium levels are rising. Was told doc must monitor because it can be serious.

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  8. 8
    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    In the third week, the oncologist stopped the chemo, but the radiation treatment went on as planned. The chemo was causing worsening neuropathy and the doctor feared that the damage already inflicted could be permanent. He cautioned that additional chemo would only make things worse.

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  9. 9
    • kayjay72
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Mom is now happy to be home and is hoping the neuropathy will lessen as time goes on.

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