kkimt's Journey with Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 53

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    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer (adenocarcinoma to be exact) in late August of last year. I was seen in Houston, Texas at MD Anderson and given 13 months to live. I was inoperable The cancer was on my right lung and on my pulmonary artery..I would be going through treatment at Johns Hopkins since I lived much closer to the Baltimore area. I was very fortunate to have such a wonderful hospital close by. My team at Hopkins was put together by Dr. Lauren Byers (awesome Doctor) at MD Anderson. WOW..Your world crashes down on you when you hear those words. I thought about my two children and how do you tell a 9 yr. old that she only has Mommy for a few more months and a 22 yr. old that already lost his father that he was going to lose his mother too. You then have a numbness that sets in after the initial shock..I believe that is God taking away some of your unbearable pain...The treatment begins a few weeks after diagnosis..

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    Chemotherapy and radiation combined

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I began chemo and radiation soon after diagnosis. I had met my doctors at Hopkins (My team) Dr. Rudin and Rangacherry were my oncologists, and Dr. Hales my radiologist along with all of there staff members. I had thirty-two days of radiation every day and one week on chemo and one off for two sessions. After your second round of chemo the hair starts falling out. My side affects from the chemo at the time were non existent..It went well. The same with the radiation (until the end). I had two tough weeks after radiation ended.I ended up in the hospital twice for IV fluids. I was dehydrated and couldn't swallow.. I saw a plate of food that looked great and I couldn't eat it. My world wasn't fun at this point. There iwas light at the end of the tunnel...I started feeling better after about two weeks..

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    Clinical Trial

    I had asked about clinical trials because I knew that my Oncologist was a member of one of the "Dream Teams" researching lung cancer. He told me at that time that I would come to many forks in the road.. Take on day at a time he stated! One clinical trial that I mentioned I was not eligible for because I was not stage 4 cancer. As time went on with my treatments there would be trials that I could get into, but just not right away.

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    During Radiation and chemo you do become very tired. I drove to Johns Hopkins every day for treatment which was exhausting in itself. By the time I got home I just needed to sleep.

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    Breakthrough

    Celebration

    After strong doses of radiation and chemotherapy, the surgical team decided to take a peak at my scans..Praise God they decided to talk to me. I met with Dr. Stephen Yang, the head of Thorasic surgery (another angel on my shoulder).. He stated that he was making no promises to extend my life, but would try the surgery. The difficult part was my pulmonary artery. This, still being an inoperable surgery, was frightening, but a chance I had to take for my children, my parents, and siblings. On November 18,2010, I underwent surgery to remove the upper lobe of my right lung and removal of lymph nodes around pulmonary artery. When I awoke after surgery, my family told me that Dr. Yang was very pleased with the surgery and believed that he removed all of the cancer. A year later, I am still here and still cancer free:)

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    Other

    Loss

    The loss that I had during all of this, was a loss of control. I was always a person who had my life in complete control...until the day of diagnosis. Everything changes at that point. Maybe this is Gods way of showing me that I am not in control..he is.!

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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a successful surgery:) Although, I was in intensive care for quite a few days. I, a few days after surgery had a mucous plug in the lung that had to be removed. I didn't bounce back right away from the surgery. I was on oxygen and left the hospital with the oxygen. I didn't start to feel normal for about six weeks after the surgery. I think many people bounce back much quicker than I do.

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    Procedure or Surgery

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    CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

    Other Care

    I have been very involved (after the surgery) with many types of alternative care. I will do anything and everything in my power so the cancer does not return. Ultimately, it is in God's hands, but i will do my part on this end. Eating right and juicing is first and foremost. Vitamins and other supplements are also very important. There are many alternative treatments available.

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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had surgery on November 18, 2010 to remove the upper lobe of my right lung. Also, removed lymph nodes from on/around the pulmonary artery. Surgery wasn't easy, but I am now cancer free:)

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