I noticed a few days ago, you posted that you had a clear scan and you wanted to know if you were one of the few survivors. Is your question above a reiteration of that? I would say you are lucky, given you didn't have to do the chemo or radiation route. And NED? You're a survivor!
Lung Cancer Questions
Am I Cured?
Asked by BrownCounty on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Am I Cured?
5 Answers from the Community
RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794
I sure hope so but the LC time frame has recently been moved up to 9 years from 5.
On the other hand LC is front loaded. 85% comes back in the first two years after surgery.
To suggest that your "Lucky" you didn't have to have chemo or radiation is not a fair or accurate statement. The fact is that too many people are not getting the correct or complete treatments that they should. This is a terrible problem and has a dramatic impact on survival.
Adjuvant chemo after surgery holds almost a 5% improvement in PFS. All stages
Radiation and Chemo before surgery adds almost a 10-20% improvement in survival. All stages.
The best people to answer your questions are your Doctors. What do they say about your prognosis and outcome. Its so important that you have a line of communication.
In addition to scans there are less invasive broncoscopys that are being used to try and catch any new tumor formation when its very early and can still be treated for curative intent.
99.9% of the time I do believe I dodged a bullet. Having lost my dad and sister (53 yr), my best friend to lc,. When my sister was diagnosed my family dr told me he wished she would not do surgery. His words were "she would be better off dying on the operating table". He explained it is a horrible way to die. She did in fact die during the operation 6 years ago 30 Apr. Of course I will never know how long she would have lived. Anyhow, thanks guys. Guess her anniversary was just on my mind last week.
It's always better to believe that you have dodged the bullet and that you are one of the lucky ones. You have to believe that you're in the % that survives.
I posted a couple of weeks ago that I met a man who had lung cancer twenty years ago and was given six months to live.He's seventy two years old and fine. NO SURGERY. Just chemo and radiation. Keep in mind that every one's body is different, every one's immune system is different, and every cancer is different.
All the best to you. Stay Well.