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My journey as a highly imperfect caregiver

My husband, Chris, is a cancer patient, diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer in June, 2013. His cancer has metastasized to his liver, lymph nodes and lungs.  It has also spread through and invaded every area of our lives.  

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Hello whoever may read this.  This cancer deal is so new to me. I have not processed it all yet. Do you ever really 'process' it? I don't know. I am not sure what my physical health will be a year from now. A few months ago  I never even thought of such things. No health issues at all. I was getting ready to ride in a 3 day, 180 mile bike trek. And then Wham- you have breast cancer and will be starting chemo in a week or so! So there it is. 


dx in may of 2015

 Hello new to this. diagnosed this year with breast cancer. triple negative. having chemo now and will have surgery in November.  No family history and very healthy otherwise.

stage 4 mucoepidermoid s/p parotidectomy 2012

hi i was diagnosed deep lobe parotid Mucoepidermoid CA High Grade Stage 4  2012

Total Parotidectomy- left was done Aug 2012 with partial debulking off mass attached to my internal carotid artery.

IMRT (radiation-high dose) in combination with Chemotherapy (Cisplatin-high dose) was done Sept-Oct 2012.

Close monitoring with laboratory: Routine Executive Laboratory and Check -up 1×-2x a year as needed;  Pet scan done 2x ( 2013 and 2014); Ct scan with contrast every 3 mos then every 6 mos (2013 and 2014) MRI with contrast 2014 and 2015

Recently diagnosed with lung cancer and desperately seeking Support.


I'm new to this site and I'm just looking for some support, information and advice from people in a similar situation to Myself or experiencing lung cancer themselves, anything would be very much appreciated.

Adenocarcinoma - Appendix

My son (35) has recently undergone surgery for adenocarcino of the appendix.  He had his appendix removed, part of his colon and part of his small intestine.  His chemotherapy started last week and he also received the results of his PET scan. What was initially a Stage IIIC is now Stage 4.

As, like anyone else, when you receive this news, it is a total shock and of course it hits home when it is someone close to you.  From what I am reading, cancer of the appendix is somewhat rare and I would be interested to hear if anyone else has dealt with this.

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At the beginning of last week I delivered a hefty pile of papers to my GP's office. Whenever I have a test or procedure done I put her name down to receive the results, but that often doesn't happen. One reason why I obtain my own records (and scan them into my computer, with backups) is to let me correct whatever disconnects occur.

I slapped on a cover memo that said (with some changes made here for privacy):

Effects of Radiation

Hi everyone, I'm a Newbie here.

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RCC has returned. 8/16/15

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Guilty Anger

I feel terrible even posting this because I am a caregiver and not the one who is going through all of this.

It's my mom, she lives with me and was diagnosed with epiglottic cancer.  After going through intense radiation

and chemo therapy, she's about 2 months post treatment, the focus is on gaining weight.  She lost approximately

60lbs and was down to 100lbs, she's now at 116.  She was on an antidepressant and hunger stimulant but it made

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