Sharon's Journey:

Patient: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 5 years ago, Female, Age: 73

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    • Sharon
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Oh no! I'm in trouble, now what and where can I get treatment. First step is to consult w/a critical care doctor, which I did, next is to decide what treatment is available for my particular cancer. Ok! here I go....

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    almost 5 years ago
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    go for the treatment

    Decision Point

    was recommended that I go through chemo and radiation, 5 weeks of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. Ok! I'm ready to face whatever I need to.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    experienced alot of discomfort trying to eat.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I choose to shave my head and wear hats instead of a wig which I felt would be very uncomfortable. I like the hats.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    colapsed veins

    Side Effects

    After a while it became painful to have chemo injections due to lack of good veins.

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    almost 5 years ago
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    I am waiting for another pet scan in mid December 2012.

    Decision Point

    Will go through another pet scan on 14 Dec to see if the treatment was successful. It's a little scary to say the least.

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    • Sharon
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Had my 2nd pet scan on 14 Dec 2012, 3 months after treatment. No cancer detected, what a surprise, it's amazing the treatment they have today. I had radical chemo and radiation, left side effects that I guess will take a long time to heal. My cardiologist told me (8 Jan 2013) the brown spots in my heck, throat, and fluid between the lung and chest wall were scar tissue from the treatment and will dissolve itself in time. Does anyone else have this side effect? Other than that I am getting my strength back and keeping a positive attitude daily. I was diagnosed w/lung cancer on 5 July 2012 and was not a candidate for surgery as the tumor was located at bottom of bronchial tube and left lower lobe. Sure grateful that I didn't have the surgery as the lung specialist didn't think I would make it. Again I am grateful that devine intervention happened, that's my belief system. I am also grateful for this site, I read it daily and it has been very rewarding and interesting.

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    • Sharon
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    I have written 2 experiences on celebration column, but don't know how to get them on the share site. Can anyone help. Thanks, Sharon

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