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    Leung wrote on Janet1970's wall

    I really like what Gabba said. It's so true, all of it. I have stage 4 lung cancer and it is a war, and there are many different ways to fight a war. So hang tight, get all the information you can, and go from there. Take care! Sending prayers your way.

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    Leung asked a questionLung Cancer

    Radiation and sunscreen .......

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      Clyde

      Sunscreen is forever. Its not worth the trouble to skip it.

      over 3 years ago
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      CAS1 (Best Answer!)

      For life..You cannot ever get sun on the location where you were radiated. I have found wonderful tee shirts that have SFD 30 in them. I now where them under everything. I am using SFP 85-100 at all times.

      over 3 years ago
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      Clyde

      Sunscreen is not just for after radiation. Its for all skin, at all times.

      As someone dealing with skin cancer, I find it impossible to compute someone not using Sunscreen, but to play devil's advocate------Sunscreen does several things. If you are trying to get a tan, it helps to keep you from burning which will lead to a spotty tan, if you are trying to look young, it keeps the sun from damaging your skin and aging prematurely. And if you are hoping to live a long life, it helps keep skin cancer at bay. (Guess I failed as an advocate, but its just too important not to emphasize that it can help you avoid a serious, chronic illness and perhaps your life.)

      Its not foolproof, but it certainly is better than the alternative. Before, and certainly after my diagnosis, I could spot a bad tanner at 20 feet (I was never big on tanning, I probably picked up the melanoma cells as a child before we knew as much as we do now.). Its not worth it to skip the sunscreen (broadspectrum, spf 30 or more) at any time, for any reason.

      over 3 years ago
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    I just want to say I've had a really good week! It has been over a year since I've been able to say that! I know most people don't understand what an accomplishment this is. I most definitely did not! I have a chemo treatment in a week and a half, however, I'm going to cherish this time! I have stage Vl lung cancer and I have it I'm many different places, 2 new spots this month, but I'm a fighter! Life is short.......I'll be darned if I help it become shorter with my attitude! Long live all of us!

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      GregP_WN

      I applaud your attitude and determination! That's the way I try to approach everyday, go after it and leave nothing on the table. We wish you the best as you tackle life!

      over 3 years ago
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    Leung asked a questionLung Cancer

    Chemo and hair

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      attypatty

      Dear Leung:
      Yes, my hair hurt. Not my head - my scalp itched, but my hair felt exactly as you describe. I did opt to shave my head after my second round of A/C. It was just too much - it wasn't my hair anyway - it was dry, dull, stiff, when it used to be thick, shiny, bouncy, straight and auburn (with the help of Ms. Clairol). But it was falling out in clumps all by itself - like Pigpen, clouds of hair just followed me around. I was so glad I shave it off. It was going to come off anyway, what was a few more days or even weeks, when it was inevitable? I opted for great scarves which I wound around my head and fastened with exotic, vintage pins. It was a great look and I enjoyed it. BTW, a year after my last chemotherapy treatment, my hair is now salt and pepper, thinner, and curly. I guess I have to learn to enjoy this, too. But I do miss my old hair.....
      Fight On,
      Attypatty

      over 3 years ago
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      ddkk3

      Absolutely!! I was getting horrible headaches and my oncologist wanted to do an MRI but deep down I knew it was just from the hair falling out. Excedrin was the only pain reliever that helped me with it. My trusty Aleve was no match for the pain! I would assume shaving your head would alleviate the pain but I was stubborn and never did it! I just let it all fall out but it was a few weeks of these headaches.

      over 3 years ago
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      junebug0121

      I've had one round of chemo and was told I would lose my hair. Tonight my hair/scalp is just hurting! I'm so glad to read that this might be the precursor to the "big fall out"! Thanks everyone.

      almost 3 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: I've had a break from my chemo since November , but this past Thursday, my ct showed my cancer growing and 2 new spots. Pooh! I am thankful for every day I'm blessed with! Hopefully I can get through 6 more treatments for another break. I am positive and will never, ever give up hope! Stage4 is scary, but not impossible. I'm meaning more and more people almost every day that have gotten way more time than the docs expected. I am now on that list! Just a bit over, but I have passed my expiration date!