HalfFull's Journey with Small Cell, Lung Cancer

Spouse/Partner: Lung Cancer > Small Cell

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Male, Age: 68, Stage Limited, SIADH: Don't Know

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    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My husband had tests to determine what we thought was a reaction to the home IVIG treatment he had received. After an inconclusive chest X-Ray, doctor ordered a CT Scan and found active tumor. We were told his cancer is not cureable but treatable.

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    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    He did not experience nausea and once he had the port in place, things went rather smoothly. He was even able to drive himself once or twice on the short day. He had chemo every 21 days for three days with a total of six treatments. Our lives became centered around the treatments due to the fatique he experienced. He developed steroid induced diabetes and had to be hospitalized for low sodium. He has to be sedated to have an MRI done due to extreme claustrophobia.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    He had preventative cranial radiation that required him to have a mesh mask placed over his head and screwed to the table prior to treatment. He had to be sedated for each treatment; he had 15 treatments. During this time, he began experiencing nausea almost daily and had difficulty eating. He lost additional weight during this period.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    He was put on Metformin twice a day.

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    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    This began after radiation treatments started. It subsided somewhat when they were finished but he still has it once in a while.

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    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    This is the current problem of greatest concern to me as care giver. He is so thin and weak and has little to no appetite on most days.

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  7. 7
    • HalfFull
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    My husband passed away at home on January 11, 2013. He made the decision to go on home hospice on December 14, 2012 when we went to his oncologist for his latest test results. Needless to say, they were not good and his doctor outlined his options on continuing treatment vs opting for just being pain free in the time he had left. His body was so weak and he was so tired he just could not endure any more. I slept in a recliner beside his hospital bed and watched my husband disappear inside the shell of the man he had been. There is no easy way to lose a loved one but this has to be one of the worst.

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