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    It's been an eternity since I updated, so I apologize.

    My father did pass away on November 11, 2012. While the cancer is what killed him, I still refuse to give cancer the victory credit. My dad fought all he could, but I am so glad he no longer has to suffer like he did.

    Although he is gone, I still hope to be a part of this community. Good luck to all of you on your journeys.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      First, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent to cancer is a hard thing to do. I lost both of mine to cancer, so I do understand.
      second, we would love to have you contribute as much as you can. Your experience as a caregiver is valuable to someone who is looking for answers in the future. Someone is going to ask a question about something that you know about, you can give them peace, help and understanding by sharing what you have been through with your Dad.
      Thanks for being with us.

      over 8 years ago
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    ebhollins asked a questionLung Cancer

    Does anyone know about how many doses (sessions) of radiation are used for different sizes of tumor?

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      I have lung cancer also. I don't know if the radiation is different. I had 10 sessions and they were mostly for my back. The first session was approx. 10 minutes and the remaining 9 sessions were approx. 5 minutes each. Since I was laying up on a metal table, some of the stomach lymph nodes were zapped also. My back was very painful, so I had to take morphine (15mg) before I went to each session. The back felt much better a few weeks after radiation. A few weeks later, I had a problem with the taste of food. That recently went away. During the radiation, my skin didn't get burned. I don't know how the radiation went overall. I'm supposed to have another CAT scan in August, so I guess I'll learn the resullts. Good luck with your radiation and please let me know how it went.

      about 9 years ago
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      You are mixing apples and oranges. The number of radiation treatments is not proportional to tumor size. The number of treatment is based on a number of factors such as patient tolerance, other treatment planned (e.g. chemo, surgery, etc.) the field and dosage of radiation (not the number of treatments but the radiation intensity of each treatment, etc. If you want to know the size of your Dad's tumor, have his ask his oncologist. A CT scan or MRI is the usual tool for measuring tumor size.

      about 9 years ago
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      Might I suggest that you go with your father to his next appointment with his oncologist. My husband would go with me, and we both listened and asked questions. I think you'll find out what you need to know... Or call his office and explain you have questions... I'm sure you can find out more talking to the doctor. Good luck and God Bless your father with healing!

      about 9 years ago
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