prayandhope1's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Lung Cancer

Patient: Lung Cancer > Non-Small Cell > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 69, Stage IIB, EGFR mutation positive: Don't Know

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Not only do I have Stage IIB lung cancer, I am dealing with COPD which I've had for 20 years. I never thought I would get lung cancer. It was quite a shock to me. I'm grateful that it was found early though.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    Having a mediport is one of the best choices I've made. I have bad veins (too many iv's over the years and too many iv steriods for my COPD exacerabations). I would recommend a mediport to anyone that has to undergo chemo.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have had 7 "small" chemo treatments over 7 weeks in conjunction with radiation. The side effects with those chemo were minimal, just slight nausea for a couple of days. No hair loss at this point. I had my 1st "large" chemo one week ago and also received medicine to keep my white blood count up. Four days after this therapy I had so much pain in my bones and muscles, it was almost more that I could stand. Feeling better today. I have also had blood tranfusions also.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I received 35 radiation treatments, finishing them in early October.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    The only major side effects so far are the muscle and bone pain from the white blood cell medicine, some nausea. I have not lost my hair yet, however, it has thinned considerably. Don't know whether I will loose it with my "large" chemo. Should know in the next week or so.

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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Had PET/CT scan 12/28 - cancer is gone! What a wonderful report to receive from my doctor. We are thrilled. Praying it doesn't come back. The radiation and chemo was so worth it to have such a wonderful report.

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  7. 7
    almost 4 years ago
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    Milestones

    I am 6 months cancer free and feel so blessed. I do have severe end stage COPD, but feel blessed anyway. I read this site all the time and have learned so much from everyone. Thank you all for being there for anyone who needs you. Prayers and Hope to all.

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