Merri's Journey with Lung Cancer

Survivor: Lung Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 10 years ago, Female, Age: 73

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

    Oh No

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    • Merri
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    first attempt at surgery was unsuccessful as the tumor had spread and wrapped around my ribs. decision was made not to continue but try chemo to shrink the tumor before second operation. Tumor responded to chemo very well, shrunk it by 2/3 and second attempt at surgery was successful although more extensive than first thought to be necessary..

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Merri
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Receiving chemo was easy. IV infusion one day every three seeks. Never got sick or even nauseous. Some fatigue. First 5 treatments went smoothly. sixth one blew me out of the water. Couldn't get off the couch for a week. Got dark spots in my nails, lost 4 toe nails, lost hair (right after second treatment) and was left with neuropothy in feet and collapsed arm veins.. Fatigue went away, spots disappeared, nails and hair grew back. Feet and veins are still a problem.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Merri
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Loss of lung capacity effects walking, biking, diving, really activity of any kind. So exercise is impossible resulting in weight gain and lethargy. I don't work off my energy so sleep problems ensue. Also, experienced hearing loss from chemo resulting in need for hearing aids at a cost of $6000. which medicare doesn't cover.

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