• Any signs before diagnosed

    Asked by godsgift on Monday, September 8, 2014

    Any signs before diagnosed

    Was wondering if anybody had any signs or symptoms before being diagnosed.

    78 Answers from the Community

    78 answers
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I used to be a singer and one of the ladies in our group got lung cancer. Looking back after her diagnosis, the leader realized she had noticed a change in Sal's singing and her ability to hold notes for a long time. Every person is different and the changes can be subtle and grow slowly.

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      I had a golf ball-sized tumor in my colon and node involvement, which was Stage III. Doctors estimate that it was in the making for perhaps 7+ years. No, never a symptom until I filled the toilet with blood. I immediately went to the doctor, had a colonscopy (I was 45) and was told that it wasn't hemorrhoids, but cancer. I've been told it was just bad luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • violetaroo's Avatar
      violetaroo

      yup, i started getting brusies all over my arms and i felt incredibly tired all the time, but the ones that got me down where the fevers, at first i bealived it was just a cold but it turned out to be leukemia ;)

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had no clue the first time, I just happened to go to the doctor for an allergy problem, he asked me how long I had that lump in my neck?

      Second time, doctor found lump during a check up.

      Third time, I woke one morning and felt a sore spot behind my right ear. another lymph node swollen just a bit.

      Still, no symptoms.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lipi's Avatar
      Lipi

      My sister went to the dr with pain in her back. She was told it was a viral infection and was given nasal spray. Then she went back two days later having trouble breathing and pain in her back. She was given a muscle relaxer. Two days later her lung collapsed and she was taken to the er. Tons of fluid removed from her lungs- lung cancer stage IV.

      over 4 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      A nagging cough and felt tired all the time. Went to the hospital because of afib which caused a light stroke. CT showed a baseball size tumor under my heart pressing into my lung....melanoma.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      No symptoms except swollen nodes in my neck and left groin....
      One year later and still none....and hope it stays that way....lol
      BUT....every new pain or bump scares the heck out of me and I become
      an alarmist....ugh!! Going to the Dermatologist for my usual 6 month check up
      and hope he finds NOTHING.....lol......

      over 4 years ago
    • Emmalee's Avatar
      Emmalee

      I had extreme joint pain. I started seeing rheumatology and they were testing to see if I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. But they said the symptoms weren't presenting themselves the way they normally do. Then I woke up one day and my stomach was sort of puffed out, like I had taken a deep breath and was holding. It was as hard as a rock. We went to the ER and after an MRI we found out my liver, spleen, and pancreas were swollen and my kidneys had some odd lesions on them. Then a bone marrow biopsy and tada! Leukemia.
      Also looking back at pictures from around that time I looked really pale and tired. Just didn't notice it in the moment

      over 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have stage IV NSCLC. I had NO CLUE I had cancer. I did have a knot that had come up on my collarbone shortly before I went to the doctor. My breathing was fine, no pain, no weight loss, plenty of energy. I thought I was healthy as a horse. It was quite a shock to learn otherwise.

      My dad also had lung cancer back in the 70s. By the time his cancer was discovered it had metastasized to his bones. He had terrible pain in one knee that nothing would help.

      over 4 years ago
    • Owlette27's Avatar
      Owlette27

      A very bloated stomach and slight pain nothing i would have bothered the Dr with but my Primary Tumour was Adrenal both Tumour and Adrenal removed and yet again i thought that was the end of that but tests showed a Malignant Adrenal Tumour that has left me with metastatic Cancer on the heart and lungs ..

      over 4 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar
      Jalemans

      I had no symptoms for long enough for my tumor to grow to be 14 cm, then pieces of the tumor started to die off & I started to bleed. Nobody knows how long that tumor sat & grew - probably years, but it was hidden by a fibroid.

      over 4 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      My underwire bra always felt like it was "pinching" my breast. I would adjust the bra and it would go away. Attributed it to the cheap bras I was buying. When they told me I had a tumor it was in the exact same spot of the discomfort. Live and learn the hard way, right?

      over 4 years ago
    • Sandie's Avatar
      Sandie

      No signs with Stage IV lung cancer that had matastisized into hips. I found out sheerly by accident. I was in a car accident, and had a concussion. They did a ct scan of my head and part of my lung showed up. They kept and eye on it for 6 months as it didnt grow, but turned out, they finally did a PET scan and it was cancer on the lung that had already matastisized to my hips. No pain, no coughing up blood, and no weight loss.....I often wonder, had they checked it right away with a PET scan, I may not be going through all the chemos and radiations I am going through now. I had no active cancer after my first 12 chemos, and radiation on my hips for 6 months. It has not returned, and it matastisized to my tailbone, L-2 and L-3. Radiation is done, and tomorrow I start a whole new series of an agressive chemo. I believe I will have 12 of them.....It is what it is...and I ask for strength to get me through this one....Im not a quitter, but I did have one of this particular chemo's before my radiation started, and it was much worse then the first chemos I had......

      over 4 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had post-menopausal menstrual bleeding. Everything I read said endometrial cancer, no chance of infection or anything else. So, not a surprise when I got the diagnosis.

      over 4 years ago
    • Joeyb's Avatar
      Joeyb

      No signs or symptoms except I developed pelvic pain that I contributed to the beginning of menopause. Also had some vomiting and diarrhea. Was very surprised when I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, totally not expecting that diagnosis.

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I was diagnosed w/stage IV endometrial cancer. I'd alway had a heavy cycle, so there was no really big changes that happened. Totally asymptomatic.

      over 4 years ago
    • schweetieangel's Avatar
      schweetieangel

      I had flu like symptoms, throwing up , bad stomach cramps, was told by walk in .. flu then they got my blood results and thought i as anemic.. told to go to emerg. Which i did and they also said flu and sent me home after 9 hrs of floods and tests.
      My family doctor had retired so i didn't have a new doctor yet went to one my brother was seeing and thank god they listened to me.. i said this isn't the flu i am in so much pain. The stomach pains were so bad. And he sent me for a emerg CT scan..and called me 1/2 after i got home to tell me.

      over 4 years ago
    • AmyJo's Avatar
      AmyJo

      I had stomach/ bathroom troubles but at the time I was working a very stressful job and figured that's what was causing it. I finally went to see my primary care physician (who I've know for at least 15 yrs) and he said that it could be irritable bowel syndrome but because I was 49 at the time he suggested doing a colonoscopy. That's when they found a cancerous tumor blocking 75% of my colon. I also had mets to the liver. No symptoms with that. When it spread to the lungs I pretty much knew it because I had shortness of breath and I'm not a smoker and only 53 so I figured it went there.

      I'm stage IV colon cancer with mets to liver and lungs, currently active in the lungs. Diagnosed in 2010

      It's interesting to see how people found out they had cancer. A lot of times there are no symptoms..... scary!!

      over 4 years ago
    • ardelleg's Avatar
      ardelleg

      NSCLC Stage 3A. Only symptom was laryngitis for 2+ months.... finally saw an ENT who said I had a paralyzed vocal chord and needed to have CT's to see if any masses might be the cause..... found a small tumor in left lung and two affected lymph nodes pressing on nerve to larnyx..... had been feeling a 'heaviness' in left breast/chest for about a year, but too vague a synptom to get a diagnosis from a doctor..... often wonder why no one suggested a chest xray...... was told I am 'technically in remission' following chemo and radiation. Tomorrow is my 3 month followup CT scan......

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      No symptoms before all 4 of my diagnoses. My stage I kidney cancer was found because my then PCP was having issues controlling my BP - and sent me for a test to verify that the veins and arteries in my kidneys were not blocked. They weren't - they found a totally encapsulated tumor in my left kidney, which had no impact on my BP - the diagnosis came with the post op pathology report. Stage IV Kidney cancer was picked up 14 years later, when a routine follow up sonogram of my left kidney showed I had a fatty cyst. I had a CT scan just to be on the safe side, since I have only one kidney we need to keep healthy. The CT indicated the Kidney was fine, but there were lesions on my liver. 3 weeks, several scans and a liver biopsy later I got the news "advanced kidney cancer" . My stage I TNBC was picked up during a regular Mammography followed by a biopsy. The stage IV TNBC showed up as a new lesion on my liver when I had my 12 week Kidney Cancer follow up scans. A biopsy later that week confirmed it was stage IV TNBC

      over 4 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar
      alimccalli

      I had several random symptoms in the 2 years leading up to my diagnosis - night sweats, swollen glands in neck, anemia, itchy skin and extreme fatigue...they occurred at different times, and never together, except for the fatigue which was pretty much constant...neither my primary care doctor nor I thought cancer...any one of these things by themselves could have been a hundred different minor things...so it wasn't to surprising that when I was finally diagnosed for it to be such a late stage - it had been there for awhile...

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I recommend to anybody that has a Lump or Bump to go to a general surgeon and ask for a biopsy. DON'T waste all the time going to regular Docs IF YOU ARE Worried.....The biopsy will solve the problem pronto and that's what I did.

      over 4 years ago
    • Jenvivace's Avatar
      Jenvivace

      I had minor swallowing problems that gradually came on over a period of four months before I had a choking incident that scared me and sent me to the doctor. I had attributed them to age... I was 39 and my mother and her sisters all have problems with ice water and spicy foods. I figured I was turning into them! Sent to a GI and had an EGD scope and balloon dilation of my esophagus where they took biopsies and found no cancer. They said I had silent reflux and put me on a PPI. Over the next four months I had two more dilations and EGD's still no cancer hits on the biopsies. They kept changing my PPI's thinking they hadn't found the right one for me. I had been losing weight, but I had just finished nursing my son and had been exercising to lose the rest of my baby weight, so I just attributed it to that. Now five months after the first EGD I had a barium swallow and a manometry... Both awful experiences for me. They made it look like I had a rare swallowing disorder called achalasia. The barium swallow sent me to the ER because the barium was so stuck in my esophagus that I was having terrible radiating pain. But because my exams showed classic signs of the disorder, the ER doctor just prescribed some pain meds and sent me on my way.... No PET or CT scans. Fast forward three more months, I scheduled laparoscopic surgery to fix the achalasia I supposedly had. The doctor opened me up, saw the tumor, put in a feeding tube and closed me back up. So I had five EGD's with biopsies over the course of nine months (three different doctors performed them) that showed no cancer and even when the doctor saw the tumor, he couldn't biopsy it. It was in a weird place. It took a fine needle aspiration EUS to finally get a cancer diagnosis officially. Luckily no mets! It was an early stage III tumor.... Now luckily 16 months NED!

      over 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I didn't have any signs or symptoms prior to the mammogram. It just hit me like a ton of bricks. And I did go yearly for a mammogram.

      over 4 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      Rapid weight loss and nausea, back and abdominal pain turned out to be Stage 4 transitional cell carcinoma.

      over 4 years ago
    • ritafaystageIV's Avatar
      ritafaystageIV

      I had terrible bathroom problems. Since I had had IBS I was hoping it was a reoccurance of that. I also had extreme fatigue. The meds for IBS were not working. I was bleeding from the rectum. When pain sent me to the ER, a colonoscopy revealed a very large tumor. Further tests revealed it had metastasized to the lung. During my colostomy surgery they took out 40 lymph nodes, and 9 were positive for cancer. I was pretty sure I had cancer for at least a year. I prayed for God to heal me. I did not want cancer. No one does. I still pray for God to keep me cancer free, and to use me as an example that sometimes God does not remove our battles, but he gives us the strength to fight them.
      God Bless
      and
      Prayers for Us All

      over 4 years ago
    • virg112012's Avatar
      virg112012

      I had no symptoms. Went for my yearly PAP smear and results came back positive for cancer. A miracle, as it was uterine cancer stage 1, very rarely detected by a test that is for cervical cancer. I'm glad I never missed my yearly checks. They are now recommending Paps every 2 to 3 years, a bad idea in my case. If I had waited for symptoms it may had been too late. God was at my side.

      over 4 years ago
    • ThersaBee's Avatar
      ThersaBee

      I had no clue due to all the other stresses I was dealing with. Blew off losing weight as a good sign at the time, but was not really experiencing unusual pain or abnormalties for myself. I am one to let the common cold/flu run its course. But over a 1 week period, I was experiencing severe bloating as if I was pregnant/looked it. Severe constipation and swelling of my feet on one weekend ending up in ER and a hospital stay and diagnosed immediately. This after removing 7 liters of abdominal fluids. I had an inkling that the few doctors in ER and after testing, they had bad news. I think after my diagnoses and in the oncologist office, I didnt really focus on what was being said, good thing was that my 2 daughters were taking in all the info. Was a bit in a moment of shock or denial in a way. I had just been cleared of breast cancer having my first mamogram ever and then got hit with a ton of bricks. In remission now for 16 months, hair grown back, unfortuneately gained the weight I lost and more than I want but still here to battle and move onward. At least now, I pay more attention to my own needs and learned to say NO is not a bad thing always

      over 4 years ago
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      ThersaBee

      I apologize, I posted in wrong category

      over 4 years ago
    • bsktlady's Avatar
      bsktlady

      I had thyroid cancer in 2010 and had no symptoms. My doctor had me going for ultra sounds every 6 months after my thyroidectomy. He noticed lymph nodes that had doubled in size from the previous scan & sent me for further tests, then to oncologist, etc. I had Stage 2b/3 lung cancer and had no symptoms. I thank my endocrinologist every time I see him for finding the lung cancer! Happy to be alive!

      over 4 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      My X was fishing, making custom nets, hunting, fixing boats. He was out walking the dog that went after a cat on some beach stairs. He broke his shoulder. They scanned his shoulder and found lung cancer from asbestos. He died 5 hard months later. The doctors kept saying they never saw such a strong-willed person. 3 days before he died, he sat at a table in the hospice unit and ate Vienna sausages. He was exposed to beaucoup asbestos in the mid-70s when they cruised Viet Nam and fired in support of the South Vietnamese troops after we pulled out. They slept with asbestos in their bedding, had asbestos falling in their food. He passed Aug. 9, 2014

      over 4 years ago
    • SullyJackson's Avatar
      SullyJackson

      I tried to find out why I had fatigue and shortness of breath for about 3 years. First they said COPD but finally gave me some simple breathing test and said, “Oh no. Your oxygen levels are in the 90's. Can’t have COPD.” Later learned that doesn't rule out emphysema, which I have as well as non-small cell lung cancer stage IIIB. So in answer to the question, I don't know if the symptoms were from the emphysema or cancer.

      Thinking I was having a heart attack, I went to the er. It was a pinched nerve in my neck but they saw enlarged lymph nodes in the chest ex-ray so did a contrasting CT. The er doc told me to call my onc. immediately. I had breast cancer eleven years ago and had no symptoms. They found it with a mammo and then an ultrasound.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Like others here I did have symptoms. I had been vomiting a lot but I thought it was because I was unhappy. I had lost a lot of weight again I thought that was because I was unhappy, Then there was a particularly bad stomach flu going around and my vomiting was becoming worse so I thought should see a Dr. to protect my mother and handicapped brother. My PCP did send me in for a barium swallow. I got my first clue that it might be cancer when the x-ray tech said "We've had a lot of people in taking this test they have all had cancer." I got my second clue when the radiologist who had been encouraging me to swallow, moved the screen to where I could not see and went suddenly silent. He finished the imaging and closed the screen. When he left the room he looked as if he had seen a ghost. My PCP called before I was able to get home. He wanted me to come into his office immediately He said he had scheduled me for an endoscopy and biopsy, And there was a 66% chance that I had cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • ariez's Avatar
      ariez

      Like some others, I had no symptoms. I just got up from a nap with a stiff neck. After visiting my PCP I was given some antibiotics which made my neck feel better. About 6 weeks later the stiffness in my neck returned. This time I had a biopsy which showed cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • AmyJo's Avatar
      AmyJo

      Wow, after reading all of these I've come to the conclusion that we are amazing people!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I knows this sounds crazy BUT there is a place in my brain that wonders IF we didn't go to check it all out and had NO treatment would it be that much worse. I know you can't prove a negative but who knows if it would kill us so fast and if we changed our lives MAYBE it would just stay at bay.
      I KNOW....it sound crazy but nobody every accused me being sane.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar
      Lauraandmary

      Had nasal congestion that physician prescribed nasal steroid spray for. Congestion persisted, told to continue spray. Developed facial numbness on right side of face and above lip, to physician office, seen by (apparently unsupervised) first year resident and told this is normal, sent home with no treatment or plan. Developed visual changes and blindness in one eye, sent for CT and MRI.

      over 4 years ago
    • bobrn's Avatar
      bobrn

      I had pneumonia and that's when this large lung tumor was found.

      over 4 years ago
    • jjmon's Avatar
      jjmon

      I am new here and don't really know the jargon or even much about my own Cancer. April 17th, I know the date because of a Dr.s appt., I came home and took a nap. I woke with a pain under my right shoulder blade which I took as "sleeping wrong" 4 days later the pain had not subsided so I saw the family Doc. he agreed I had probably slept wrong but ordered an X-ray, which I had and brought back the same day.
      The X-ray showed a mass on my lung so the Doc. ordered a CT Scan, then a PET Scan, Biopsy, and Surgery, all within about 1 month. Only symptom was waking up with what felt like a knot under my shoulder blade.
      The thoracic surgeon identified the mass as 2cm and surgically removable. during surgery 8 Lymph nodes were removed/tested and 2 showed signs of cancer.
      I am now driving myself crazy about taking Chemo/Radiation and actually ended up on this page trying to find information to help me decide.
      J

      over 4 years ago
    • bobrn's Avatar
      bobrn

      I had NO no symptoms of lung cancer. I had pneumonia and it was picked up on an X ray.

      over 4 years ago
    • bobrn's Avatar
      bobrn

      Chemo therapy and radiation therapy will go after any "stray " cells and help take care of the lymph nodes. Radiation isn't to bad, with minimal side effects (talking about myself) Some people taking chemo get some unpleasant side effects, for me, very tired and achy. I thought a lot about the treatments and decided the side effects are worth the benefits you will receive. My humble advice--go for it! You are in my prayers godsgift!!

      over 4 years ago
    • KatieJ1957's Avatar
      KatieJ1957

      My symptoms started with vision problems. I started seeing flashing rainbow colored lights.
      I went to 2 eye doctors and my primary doctor. They said it was visual migraines and if I got headaches they could prescribe meds. Next symptom was hearing a whooshing sound in my head and dizziness. When the headaches started I reported all this to my primary. She prescribed migraine meds and said if the meds didn't work I should get a Catscan. The headaches increased to everyday, all day. My legs started to feel like Jello, I started dropping things at work. I made the Catscan appointment for a Saturday and continued to work full-time at my job. The Catscan technicians saw the brain tumors immediately and an MRI and other tests found that the tumors originated in my lung. I have lung cancer with brain metastasis. The big tumor was in the occipital lobe of the brain that controls vision, that's why I saw the flashing lights. The whooshing sound was fluid that had built up around the tumor in my brain.
      And I thought it was just flashbacks from the 60s!!!!!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      Yup, abnormal bleeding.

      over 4 years ago
    • GillianJ's Avatar
      GillianJ

      I had a sore throat, figured I was getting a cold. After a few days I figured I'd go to InstaCare for a strep test. Surprisingly it came back positive, I hadn't had strep in 16 years since I had my tonsils out. The doctor asked if I had any other health questions and I asked if black stool was a bad thing. She said it could mean blood in my stool and I should get it checked. Test came back as positive for blood on the stool. I saw my doctor a week later and he ordered a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The colonoscopy revealed a tumor the size of a ping pong ball. There's no way of knowing how long it had been growing. If it hadn't been for the black stool the tumor probably wouldn't have been found until it blocked my colon. I had surgery a week later. They removed 7 inches of my colon and 30 lymph nodes, cancer was found in 2 of them.
      I'm 29. If it weren't for the step throat I never would have found the tumor early. I call it a miracle and a blessing.

      over 4 years ago
    • Keith59's Avatar
      Keith59

      Fatigue.....

      over 4 years ago
    • IbelieveinGod's Avatar
      IbelieveinGod

      I had a nagging cough 24/7 no congestion just a dry cough

      over 4 years ago
    • Judt1940's Avatar
      Judt1940

      Had weight loss but my husband had been ill for a long and passd away. Left leg giving me problems, blocked artery feeding leg. Told me had thickening endometrium. No doctor told me it could be Cancer and I was tired of doctors. Daughter found out, made me go to doctor. Pap smear showed nothing. Ultra sound, CScan, sent to oncologist/surgeon. Serous uterine stage 2C. Never had a symptom and Pap smear didn't show. Felt ok.

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      You got to wonder if FINDING we have it is the worst thing that can happen.
      I believe the fright makes the cancer worse and the immune system worse.
      Maybe if we didn't find out the body would have taken care of the cancer cells like it is designed to.
      UGH....Once they start the therapy God help us all.

      over 4 years ago
    • Godschild's Avatar
      Godschild

      Had A LOT of backaches, my husband at the time never gave me back rubs, that @#$% lol. Whenever I had to cut the grass or do physical labor it wore me out. Constant difficulty swallowing. Found out through a "hit and run" x-ray a gray matter behind my throat, after many tests it was Multiple Myeloma. The accident (it wasn't bad, just a nudge enough to give me a whip-lash, it did make me cry though :( ) was a blessing. Drs. found out three months later what it was, unfortunately, the cancer spread like crazy all over my body, carving away my poor bones, looking more and more like Swiss Cheese.

      over 4 years ago
    • Giggy1965's Avatar
      Giggy1965

      I feel blessed to be able to communicate with you amazing people! You have encouraged me more than once. Thank you for that! I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in June 2014. I had some bleeding but I had hemrorrids and thought that was the cause. I also had diarrhea for 4 months. Due to the diarrhea my skin was raw. I had colostomy surgery prior to radation and chemo treatments.I wasn't due for a colonoscopy for a year and half. My doctor examined me and told me she thought I had cancer. A colonoscopy showed she was correct. After a PET Scan I found out I had stage 3 c rectal cancer which had spread to some of my lymph nodes on my lower right side. I had 30 radation treatments and 2 different times I wore a chemo pump 24/7 for 5 days each. The radation has caused sever burns but are healing nicely now that I've been 2 weeks out from radation. I would under go radation and chemo again in hopes it would extend my life. I'm 67 and feel I have a lot to live for.

      over 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      I was sick all the time for a year before I was diagnosed. I knew something was wrong, but I had no idea it was cancer. I had stopped going out with friends, and was always tired. I only worked 3 days a week, but slept the rest of time. I caught every flu and cold that came along and felt like I was constantly sick. I was still stunned when they said 'cancer'!

      over 4 years ago
    • dstranathan's Avatar
      dstranathan

      I was diagnosed at 57. I was in my opinion in the best physical condition of my life. The week before they found a tumor inside my bronchus tube that had it 90% blocked I was doing a 21 mile hike with a 4,000 foot elevation gain. My friends thought I was a bit short of breath, but I contributed to our difference in age, they were in their 30's and 40's. We need more early detection for lung cancer so it can be caught at earlier stages. The lungs have no pain sensors so the cancer isn't usually caught until late stage.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      As I think about it there was one very odd symptom that was evident each time I got cancer even they were two very different types of cancer. My hair began falling out. Also I have noticed a change in color of some of my friends even before they had thought about cancer. One of my friends had hurt her knee and was having a terrible time with it healing, I noticed that she had a terrible gray color. she attributed it to pain and frustration with her knee. I thought id might be some sort of bone cancer or leukemia. It turned out she had lung cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • Godschild's Avatar
      Godschild

      Also, I forgot to mention, I kept noticing a lot of froth after emptying my bladder. I would ask my nurse friends and they would say:" too much protein in your urine ... probably something I ate ... hummus, protein foods". Found out later that Multiple Myeloma digs in your bone and the residue is protein deposits in your kidneys! Very important to drink plenty of water to keep the kidneys active. By the way, the froth was so much it would be almost touching the inner rim of the toilet seat. Amazing, I kept telling the doctor, he kept saying not to worry. When the diagnoses came back that I had MM, he said that was a symptom of it: high deposits of protein in the urine. Unbelievable!

      over 4 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Does ANYBODY remember Mad Magazine....?
      Alfred E. Newman used to always say "WHAT ME WORRY".

      I love it when a Doctor tells you Don't Worry....my response to them is "IF THIS WAS YOUR SYMPTOM WOULD YOU BE WORRIED.....lol

      over 4 years ago
    • PennieEckard's Avatar
      PennieEckard

      I had no idea. I went to the hospital, thought I was have a stroke. They did several MRI's and CT scans found brain cancer. After two biopsies it was metastasis. I have lung cancer (primary). No symptoms).

      over 4 years ago
    • pandora's Avatar
      pandora

      My husband went to the ER for stomach pains. He had an emergency appendectomy. The surgeon came to me after the surgery and said she found a mass on his kidney and in his lung. Both were biopsied before he left the hospital. The diagnosis is Stage IV NSCLC and Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma. No symptoms.

      over 4 years ago
    • Dleads' Avatar
      Dleads

      I was diagnosed Stage IV NSCLC at age 36. My only symptom was a "knot" on the left side of my neck, above my collarbone. My back and neck are constantly in "knots" so I paid no mind to it for about a week. When it didn't go away, I went to the doctor and they told me it was a swollen lymph node from my abscessed tooth that had been extracted. After two rounds of antibiotics and antifungal meds, they started blood work. Nothing come up abnormal in the blood work. We did a C/T scan of my neck, thinking my thyroid was inflamed, and a nodule showed up in my upper left lobe. Most people in the mid-west have nodules on their lungs, so it wasn't until I had three biopsies that the diagnosis was made. I have been in remission for almost 14 months after 12 months of chemo and a 6 month break, but some nodules have grown in size up to 2mm, so we are doing a PET scan in a month and will see what it shows. For now, we're going to go about our lives as normal as possible.

      over 4 years ago
    • RIVERDALE's Avatar
      RIVERDALE

      I woke in the night with pain in my back and decided to wake my husband thinking it was a heart attack.........the heart was fine so they did a chest xray found stage 3 lung cancer in the upper right lobe of the lung....surgery and chemo.......having more pain now wondering if it is a recurrence or sore ribs from coughing...I have developed what they call non allergic rhinitis which causes post nasal drip ....very uncomfortable and tiring with all the coughing..

      about 4 years ago
    • doughnut's Avatar
      doughnut

      my husband died 24/11/2014 after being diagnosed in january 2014 with adencarcinoma, he started with a 27/7 cough he had that for 6 week then brought up alot of blood with the coughing. he was scanned and had a biopsy taked which confirms it, but it was drectley behind the haert.

      about 4 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      I'm so sorry to hear about your husband passing. My prayers are with you and your family.

      about 4 years ago
    • coco1101's Avatar
      coco1101

      In 9 bouts of Cancer I have only once had any symptoms prior to diagnosis - in 2007 at 3rd bout of Adeno I had a persistent little cough, palpitations of the heart - thought I might be having a heart problem, went to my PCP and got an x-ray and baddabingbaddaboom, I had Lung Cancer again.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dleads' Avatar
      Dleads

      Coco1101...9 bouts?! Wow! What Stage(s) have you been diagnosed with?

      almost 4 years ago
    • coco1101's Avatar
      coco1101

      Dleads:
      In '88 I had Breast Cancer, very young. '92, Lung Cancer #1, BAC no stage; '99 Lung Cancer #2 also BAC early stage - having lots of check-up's and diagnosed by my PCP twice also. 2007, Lung Cancer #3 was Adenocarcinoma - early stage new primary as were the previous bouts. For all 3 of these I had that bigass surgery where they fillet you open like a fish... tough recovery, minimum of 3 months to 6 months just to breathe, walk and talk again!

      Had very serious Staph Infection with LC #2 in '99. 2010 reoccurrence of Breast Cancer after 20+ years, bi-lateral Mastectomy and reconstruction that was really tough; had another 7 operations for complications in the next 8 weeks. Finally had another Staph Infection, bad again, 2 months on daily drug infusions thru veins a few days then a PICC line. 2011 had Lung Cancer #4, and Thyroid Cancer #1. Had Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery (SBRT) for LC, and surgery for Thyroid Cancer; and Radioactive Iodine treatment. 2012 - Thyroid Cancer #2 in Lymph Node behind Thyroid - surgery again... Early stage, no mets.

      2014 Lung Cancer #5, Stage III can't remember if it's A or B - does it really matter so much after all this? Chemo and Radiation - unfortunately they didn't work, only got one very small Nodule - but large tumor (in Lymph Node) grew in size! It is in a very precarious location which doesn't help! However, good news is the Cancer is localized to my Left Lung!

      Now working on Clinical Trial or some other treatment as my mutation is KRAS and there is no targeted therapy for this mutation - the Scientists can't crack the KRAS nut after 2 decades of trying. In spite of this, I'm a tremendously lucky woman, happy as all get-out, busy with my Bunko, Book, Breakfast groups, Fine Dining group (not always so "Fine")... do volunteer work to help others - which really helps me more than them! Grateful for my hubby who hasn't run off, my Doc's and Nursing Angels....Every day is a good day when I wake up and get vertical! Have about 1/3 of Lungs left, breathing heavy with exertion... but am still happy, lucky, happy lucky lady! Thanks for asking - all the best to you and the group!

      almost 4 years ago
    • coco1101's Avatar
      coco1101

      Doughnut:

      So very sorry about your Husband... Cancer Sucks... So Folks: If you have a persistent cough, or heaven forbid coughing up blood, or any other 'unusual' symptom / problem... go to the Doctor immediately. Why on earth do we wait? Why do we think we are Doctor's of our own health? Go to the Doctor, insist on tests, tell 'em what's not normal, don't wait,don't give-up, keep at it until you get answers!

      The bad thing about Lung Cancer is most often it is not diagnosed until it is too late. When I was a kid we had to have chest X-Rays to go to school, today, no one has a simple chest X-Ray which found my first LC immediately. INSIST on a Chest X-Ray annually... it's the only screening for Lung Cancer available at this time.

      I trust, Doughnut, that you are well and I hope you are doing fine, again so sorry for your loss...

      almost 4 years ago
    • virg112012's Avatar
      virg112012

      None but I never disregard anything that is out of my ordinary state of health, even more now after cancer. My cancer was found by my annual pap smear.
      I just had a CAT for swollen lymph nodes on the groin area. I had then before due to hair follicles I knew it was probably the same reason but I did not ignore it. I was right but took no chances.

      almost 4 years ago
    • furbychow's Avatar
      furbychow

      My husband had no idea or symptoms of having lung cancer, was a work exray, so this was a tragic shock to us. He was stage 3a small cell. He got chemo, radiatiion, than surgery as it was shrunk more than 80 percent which in the beginning the drs said no surgery. He has 1/3 of his lung our and 15 lymph nodes, That was in Sept, so far so good, lots of praying and trying to stay positive. But this is one of the hardest things l have ever been threw. l hate even hearing the word cancer now. Our lives changed in one minute.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BrwnArcher's Avatar
      BrwnArcher

      Before my diagnosis, I started to experience shortness of breath. Not long after that I developed a really bad cough. My Dr. ordered a chest x-ray which showed a lung mass. The biopsy after that determined that the mass was stage III cancer.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Mhennesy2's Avatar
      Mhennesy2

      I did not just went in for a yearly chest xray and my life changed - I know you all can relate
      marilyn

      almost 4 years ago
    • captured1's Avatar
      captured1

      Not a clue. Had my Annual Physical on Dec. 7, 2015 and was given a clean bill of heath and told he would see me next year. Mentioned that I had a intermittent cough for a few weeks. Dr. scheduled a chest x-ray to check. Dec. 15-Chest X-Ray, Dec. 16th CT Scan, Dec. 17th-PET Scan= Ardeniocarcinoma Stage 3 Lung Cancer. No history of cancer in any family, non-smoker. A little blind-sided.

      about 3 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar
      snuzsuz

      Wow! That would be quite the shock! I'm sorry to hear that. I had stage 3b, adenocarcinoma 3 years ago, but went through treatment and have been cancer free ever since. Good luck and God bless!

      about 3 years ago
    • caseydavo's Avatar
      caseydavo

      My husband was treated by his GP for 4.5 months for a pinched nerve in the neck (migraines at night when he would lay down in bed) and slight "stitch" under rib. Went to see different doctor and scans showed Stage IV NSCLC with mets to liver and secondary in neck. Given 8 weeks to live, that was 14 months ago, he's still here and we are still fighting.

      about 3 years ago
    • cheryncp's Avatar
      cheryncp

      I began noticing I was having shortness of breath when climbing the stairs to my apartment that gradually got worse. I also had a hoarse "squeaky" voice intermittently but the symptom that got me to the doctor was an annoying persistent cough. Our bodies try to tell us something is wrong but we don't always listen I was staged at 4 before I finally went to the doctor and was misdiagnosed for months with asthma/bronchitis.

      over 1 year ago
    • cheryncp's Avatar
      cheryncp

      I had shortness of breath, hoarseness that came and went and a persistent cough.

      about 1 year ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      A nagging cough that over time became persistent cough,,first they said blood pressure pills was the reason wrong,then said it was sinus infection wrong, then they finally did chest xray said Pneumonia but then called me very next morning said hmm something not right go for ct scan 2 weeks later BAM stage 4 lung..

      about 1 year ago
    • Amhunt1965's Avatar
      Amhunt1965

      I had no signs at all

      8 months ago
    • cheryncp's Avatar
      cheryncp

      Before I was diagnosed with lung cancer I was having shortness of breath, hoarseness, pain between my shoulder blades and fatigue.

      8 months ago

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