BKN's Journey:

Patient: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 71

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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    My "Oh No!" results from... Having already received, within less than five (5) years, multiple cataustrophic diagnoses: Amyloidosis [AL] Colon Cancer Head & Neck Cancer - metastisized Kidney, Bladder & Ureter Cancer HNPCC - rare genetic disorder which can result in multiple unrelated Cancers Small Bowel Cancer - untreatable due to inability to identify type of Cancer Lung cancer - now metastisized

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    almost 5 years ago
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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Having just received 30 Hyperbaric treatments was already suffering extreme exhaustion. Now energy level has decreased even more drastically due to Chemo treatment. Making matters worse include affects on mental ability [i.e. memory, concentration], lack of appetite, steady weight loss, etc. Chemo meds: Taxol & Carboplatin

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 5 years ago
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    Every day I am alive is a Good Day!

    Celebration

    Despite the many diagnoses of catastrophic illnesses and all that comes with, we continue to Fight the Good Fight! Primary Oncologist/Hematologist stated I would not survive to see my birthday in 2007; yet, I will be celebrating my 67th birthday this month. Plus, my spouse and I will be celebrating our 27th anniversary later this year.

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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Resection of Transverse Colon, Radical Resection of Left Neck & Throat and Hiatal Hernia repair surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Notes surgeries went as expected: Agree Surgery of Head & Neck Cancer: Radical Resection of Left Neck & Throat Minimal Recover: Strongly Disagree Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree Surgery for Colon Cancer: Resection of Transverse Colon NOTE: Contracted hospital born C-Diff resulting in long term effects. Minimal Recovery: Disagree Minimal Side Effects: Disagree Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree Surgery for Hiatal Hernia: Minimal Recovery: Disagree Minimal Side Effects: Disagree Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree due to failure of Hernai repair

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation (Stereotactic)

    Radiation

    Experienced severe pain, side effects; plus, the radiation had an extreme impact on daily life. So much so, it was necessary to take at least two (2) breaks in order not only to continue treatment but to survive as well.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    My Mind plus, ability to work = forced retirement

    Loss

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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Home care, Hospitalization and Psychosocial

    Other Care

    Home care - visiting nurses Hospitalizations - too numerous to count Psychosocial - Psychologist & Psychiatrist [Although by no means a "cure" or fully functional am still quite greatful for the relief modern medicine can provide.]

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

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