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      EileenS

      Hello -- I am so sorry for your diagnosis. It's always frightening to hear the word cancer and realize it's happening to you. I was first diagnosed with Stage II non-small cell squamous cell carcinoma of left lung in 2015 at age 70. I had already survived two bouts of breast cancer in my 50s so I had a pretty good idea of what lay before me. I was not a candidate for lung surgery so I had 7 weeks of radiation and 3 months of chemo (taxol and carboplatin). A month later I had adjuvant taxol and carbo and fought the nausea with medication and watched my hair fall out. I had heard wigs were hot and itchy so I wore caps and wrapped scarves around my head when I went out. Went bald otherwise and was proud the chemo was working. I recurred two years later with adenocarcinoma in the same lung and was treated with Alimta and Carbo, and then Alimta and Keytruda for 6 cycles, and then Keytruda alone until July 2018. I fell victim to Ulcerative Colitis in my large intestine, a side effect of Keytruda. The Keytruda did put my lung cancer into remission but I deal with the strict diet needed for UC. I continue with treatment for the UC and am currently in pretty good shape. My lung cancer remains in remission. YAAY and I thank God daily for my Prayer Warriors. I will pray for you every day to support your battle with cancer. My mantra is ONE DAY AT A TIME.

      about 1 month ago
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      EileenS

      Hello -- I am so sorry for your diagnosis. It's always frightening to hear the word cancer and realize it's happening to you. I was first diagnosed with Stage II non-small cell squamous cell carcinoma of left lung in 2015 at age 70. I had already survived two bouts of breast cancer in my 50s so I had a pretty good idea of what lay before me. I was not a candidate for lung surgery so I had 7 weeks of radiation and 3 months of chemo (taxol and carboplatin). A month later I had adjuvant taxol and carbo and fought the nausea with medication and watched my hair fall out. I had heard wigs were hot and itchy so I wore caps and wrapped scarves around my head when I went out. Went bald otherwise and was proud the chemo was working. I recurred two years later with adenocarcinoma in the same lung and was treated with Alimta and Carbo, and then Alimta and Keytruda for 6 cycles, and then Keytruda alone until July 2018. I fell victim to Ulcerative Colitis in my large intestine, a side effect of Keytruda. The Keytruda did put my lung cancer into remission but I deal with the strict diet needed for UC. I continue with treatment for the UC and am currently in pretty good shape. My lung cancer remains in remission. YAAY and I thank God daily for my Prayer Warriors. I will pray for you every day to support your battle with cancer. My mantra is ONE DAY AT A TIME.

      about 1 month ago
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    Welcome to the WhatNext family! The WhatNext family is made up of people like you who are looking for help or looking to help others. To help you along your journey the WhatNext family has put together a Beginner's Guide to Cancer that I highly recommend you check-out here: http://bit.ly/10BQKCi. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to others or ask for help.

    Wishing you the best.

    David
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