vickief's Journey with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer

Patient: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Adenocarcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 7 years ago, Female, Age: 43, Stage IB, EGFR mutation positive: No

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    • vickief
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    over 4 years ago
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    Misdiagnosed

    Oh No

    I was a 35 year old female who did smoke a little but nothing major so of course they thought that it could not be lung cancer. They said that it was some kind of infection cause by dental work or something and that they were going to check it again in 6 months.....well that was in Aug 2010 by Sept I was a nervous reck because I knew that it was something other than what they thought so I told the doctor (surgen) that I coughed up a little bit of blood and I was schedualed for surgery a week later.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Segmentectomy or wedge resection

    Procedure or Surgery

    As soon as I woke up from the surgery the nurse walks over and says "Have you heard that you have cancer" before I broke out in tears I really just wanted to smack her but didn't. I think I cried that whole night. How could this be happening ......I am sure everyone knows those feelings. I was in alot of pain but got out of the hosptal 4-5 days later and home to recover and I did. Home 7 weeks then back to work.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Maintenance chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Well we decided that I should take a round of Chemo just to be on the safe side. It was more me that wanted it than my dr. so I did it and I was sick and out of work for 8 days. Needless to say it did not agree with me at all. I have never felt so bad. So he said no more of that and I will just get scanned every 4 months and go from there.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    So I am cancer free and over the next year and a half feeling good. Never picked up a ciggarette again.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    August 2012 4 days before me and my family go on our first real family trip to Flordia I found out they saw something on the scan. Right about the same place the last cancer was. So surgery to follow soon.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Segmentectomy or wedge resection

    Procedure or Surgery

    Same surgery longer recovery time. I was in the hospital 7 days this time. I don't know if it is the scar tissue getting all jumbled up or something but my chest is hard and I can hardly feel most of my left side near surgical areas. I have 5 incistions and they were nasty before but goodness you should see them now.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Well it is a lower dose than I had last time but now my doctor insists that I have the treatment seeing that I got it back. Was sick as a dog had to have my husband drive me into the office so I could get some nausea meds through IV. I have to have it every 3 weeks for 12 weeks. I am just so scared.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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