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    Side Effects (Lymphedema): a side effect of my breast cancer, very annoying to keep under control.

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      RIVERDALE

      I am not sure if you know about the paddlers of the long canoes....we had a friends sister from Australia come to race here in Vancouver...The paddlers do this to fight lymphedema. It has been found that this exercise helps fight the lymphedema and teams of breast cancer survivors join these teams and have made it one of the best ways to keep the swelling under control

      over 2 years ago
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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): how do you not have depression when your doctor tells you its terminal, there is no cure, you cannot have surgery and if the radiation does not work, you have less than two years to live?

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      AnnyKay

      Pattiann, I do understand the depression but I strongly encourage you to fight thru that and hold on to the hope. I too have inoperable stage IV lung cancer. My first fight was with chemo which like you I listened to my doctors and tolerated the chemo very well which to my doctors surprise shrunk the tumor from 5.6 cm to 1.6. The second set of chemo the tumor had grown slightly but still under 2.0 cm. I went for second opinion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and I am now in a clinical trial with an immunotherapy drug. I get the drug every 2 weeks. My first cat scan showed that the tumor has not grown and is considered stable. Keep the faith, they are making great strides in lung cancer, I wish you well and will include you in my prayers.

      over 2 years ago
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      Dianem

      With stage 4. Metastatic lung cancer, I was told six months. That was twenty one months ago and surprise I'm stlllllll here! As my two friends above said, don't give up. No one knows. They are making such great strides forward in this battle. Keep positive, keep strong and God bless

      over 2 years ago
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      Srich63300

      I have stage 4 metastatic lung cancer ( mets to the brain) - This is my third primary cancer - 1st was breast cancer ( stage 1), second was oropharyngeal (stage 4) in 2004,when they gave me six weeks, and this one in Jan 2013 when they gave me six months at most- guess what ? I am still here and fighting also - haven't had chemo since last September, will be going in a week or so for a "touch up" radiation on two spots, but they are still small, and my lung cancer is not advancing...
      so nobody knows - so I continue to keep positive and fighting...my prayers are with you

      over 2 years ago
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    Side Effects (Nausea/Vomiting): minimal. I was surprised. but I listened to the doctors and nurses.

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    Side Effects (Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)): started in my feet with my breast cancer in 2010, but has spread to my hands with my lung cancer treatment.

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): drives me nuts not to remember things. but what can we do. if I write myself notes, I forget to look for them.

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      RIVERDALE

      I would rather think of this type of problem as part of the cancer treatment and you will get better than to think of it as a seniors dementia that will only get worse.

      over 2 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy and radiation combined)