quehen's Journey with Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 62

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    • quehen
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had shoulder surgery August 2011. During pre-admission testing, a lung nodule was discovered on the xray. It had actually been there for 6 years, according to a 6 year old xray. Had another xray, a CT scan . I was positive it couldn't be cancer since it had been there for so long and didn't change. About 3 months after my shoulder surgery I had a PET scan. The doctor said it was cancer. I still didn't believe him. The plan was to have surgery - a wedge would be taken from my upper right lobe, if it wasn't cancer - DONE, if it was cancer they would remove the whole upper lobe (lobectomy). I had to have the lobectomy. It was called a carcinoid lung tumor.

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    • quehen
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My lobectomy was done on 11/11/11 - 6 days in the hospital. I thought the pain wasn't bad at all. After 6 weeks, breathing is improving (I also have Asthma and mild COPD). Doctor said no chemo or radiation, only a yearly CT scan for the next 5 years. I restarted my shoulder PT after 5 weeks, and am hoping to return to work 1/9/2012. I'm also following up with a pulmonary doctor.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    almost 6 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    My biggest problem, other than some shortess of breath, is pain in my abdomin near the diaphram, and breast tendernes, I'm not going anywhere near a mammogram for awhile. Don't know if this is normal.

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