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    Decision Point: The cancer has spread to her bones in many places. We have had such great success with her refusing most treatment. She has passed the 5 year mark and now had it for 12 years. She was lucky as hers was cought years before she had symptoms like coughing blood.

    The oncologist wants her to have radiation on the spine. They are afraid the cancer will collapse the spine and paralize her and cause more pain. She already has pain in her back from the cancer being in her ribs and spine. They want to give her three weeks of radiation. I dont know what to do. When I research and bring her info showing the various treatments like radiation, or chemo might wear her down and not really work. She has refused them and is considered a miracle patient.

    How much will chemo wear her down? I dont know if she can make it thru much now. Help? any advice or experiences

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    Side Effects (Bleeding): She has been in the hospital two times in the past 3 years coughing up blood. It eventually stops but must be from the cancer growing into a vein.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Targeted therapy): About two years after they removed the lung there were more spots on the lung.

    My Mom took Irressa for about a year it was shrinking the tumors and doing well then it stopped working. So they put her on Tarceva, she was on it for about two months. It was killing her. She just sat on the couch or was in the bathroom. Then I did research on the internet and found it was only going to give her about 4 extra months to live but no quality of life. She stopped taking it against the doctors orders.

    Her cancer is slow growing so we felt we had more options to leave it alone.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Lobectomy): She had a lobectomy:(

    The good thing is she is a fighter and made sure to take deep breaths even if it hurt, she walked once she was better and continued to breath deeply. This gave her really good lung function - so if you're at this stage breath deeply. Here oxcegen levels have been 98 - 99%

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): From we found out it was non small cell BAC cance,r they needed to remove the lobe of the lung once she recovered from the bypass. She never smoked.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): my Mom had a heart attack. They did a quadruple bypass on Christmas Eve in 2000. The surgeon came out and said the heart surgery went well but there was a mass in her lung. They would have to diagnose and remove it.