SusanL's Journey with Lung Cancer

Patient: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 11 years ago, Female, Age: 58

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    • SusanL
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It's all about adjusting every day with a new goal and telling yourself it will get better. Having a good support system. Life will never be the same.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SusanL
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Having radiation to cover lung means your throat and below are sore hard to swallow, giving up some foods and drinks. The drying of the skin was tough to this day I still put on lots of lotion.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • SusanL
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue everyday you just learn how much you can do, chemo brain, no desire for food, some smells literally make you sick. I lived knowing where every bathroom was due to a cancer med. Hair loss was the worst for me wore a wig.

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

    Oh No

    First they thought is spread to my thyroid had surgery they just took half of thyroid. Sept 09 1 week after my first grandchild was born I had cyberknife to a brain tumor(it's not like the commercial) side effects were tough. Put back on Tarceva chemo drug keeps cancer at bay ??? It has bad side effects I have adjusted to and it's away keeping me alive. Another brain tumor found Feb 2012 another cyberknife Mar 2012

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    • SusanL
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    memory problems, balance issues, anxiety

    Loss

    Memory problems I think it's every thing chemo induced memopause, my age, cyberknife....the words just don't come out.

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