TimT's Journey with Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 14 years ago, Male, Age: 62

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    • TimT
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Like my doctor, I thought it was just bronchitis, but then when I explained that I had some pain, he sent me for an X-ray; then they ordered a CT scan and referred me to a Pulmonologist who "would not lie to me". He then said directly, "Mr. Thompson, you have Lung Cancer." Oh No!

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    • TimT
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I had to leave work everyday to have my radiation.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to take off work every Friday for my Radiation and Chemo. Also, I had little education regarding having a Port put in to use for the Chemo, so my arms looked like those of a junkie, and eventually, many of my veins became useless.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery to remove lung cancer that has spread

    Procedure or Surgery

    3 times I was scheduled for surgery and had it postponed for various reasons. This was unnerving, to say the least. I tried to explain to the doctor that I was like an athlete getting ready for a game - getting psyched. When they postponed the surgery, it was like a rainout.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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