Trey's Journey:

Patient: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 50

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was feeling ill a year an half ago last Feb. I am active triathlete and winter skier, snowshoe, etc... and I coughed up a bit of blood. Had CT scan and found several small micro-nodules on right lung, doctors were not concerned and we followed for 1 year. Late last Feb, had PET scan and found "hot" lymph node in mediastinum, consult with surgeon and had bronchoscopy, mediastinectomy, right lower wedge resection with a right lower lobectomy and a power port placement. Total 7 1/2 hour surgery and diagnosed with stage 3A/B lung cancer.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My surgery went as expected including recovery. Chemotherapy was nothing like I expected, it was horrible. The oncologist compared the strength of my chemotherapy to that of heart bypass surgery in terms of recovery. I would say it's far worse. Radiation went better than expected, however I did end up in the hospital for 4 days a week after starting radiation for severe chest pain.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
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    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy is over as of the end of July 2011, it is now October 2011 and I feel poorly as I suffer from chronic body pain including joint stiffness, decreased range of motion and muscle pain. I am on quite a bit of pain medication and constantly changing them around as things change for me.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Radiation went very well, slight swallowing issues and minor skin itching. Kept using good lotion daily.

    Painless Experience: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Job

    Loss

    I lost my job as a massage therapist working in a chiropractors office. I then got another job to nanny an 8 week old last week to then only be avoided/blown off by my new employer....

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Palliative care

    Other Care

    I receive palliative care because during chemotherapy I developed severe body pain and still 4 months later I am still suffering.

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    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Clean Cat Scan

    Celebration

    I just had my first CT scan post treatment and It was essentially clean. No evidence of cancer and the nodules on my left lung have not changed. It's a nice thing to have 6 months between my next scan to simply take a breath and try to live a bit more normally.

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