BowlMeOverVa's Journey:

Patient: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Male, Age: 58

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    All I can say is, I am Sorry. :(

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Pain medicine

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tramadol - I must have responded to every side effect listed for this drug. Ibuprofen helped to counter side effects. Hard sleeping at night because of pain. Replaced with Percocet. Percocet - Quick pain relief but short lived, got me off the ibuprofen. Sleeping at night better but only for about 3 hours before medicine wore off. Constipation became a real problem. Didn't seem to relieve the deep pain. Migrated to all Oxycontin formula. Oxycontin - Deep pain relief, easier to sleep but still only 3-4 hours of sleep at night. Not sure why waking up after 3-4 hours now.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 3
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    When to start chemo? Delay another week and would be receiving chemo during holiday times (Thanksgiving, etc.). Decided to start 3 week treatments one week earlier to avoid interfering with holidays. Start date for chemo now 28 Oct.

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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Tried MiraLax for three days and nothing moved down there. Trying Senna-S now.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first experience took about 6 hours to administer the medication. Also got a vitamin B12 shot as part of the preventive therapy. Overall my first chemo visit was a success. I will update the medication effects as the weekend progresses. It was easy to do once we got the a good vein. I might consider a port for IV's in the future if this treatment continues. It's an implant (usually in the front shoulder area) that the can easily connect IV's into you. Minimal side effects so far, actually feel better this morning than usual. Impact to Daily Life, there will be weekly visits for blood work to monitor blood counts, etc.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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