I am a 54 year old female. I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in March of 2001.I was a heavy smoker but quit the day they found the tumor. I was very lucky they found it early. I had xrays for pneumonia. I went through 33 radiation treatments along with Chemo. After radiation they changed my dosage of Cisplatnum and Etoposide. I was told cancer was gone on cat scan done in June. Lymph nodes still a little enlarged. I got deadthly sick from Chemo in both June and July. In July they decided I can not take anti nasuea drugs orally so now I am getting IV fluids plus anti nasuea by IV.
In June and July my bloods went to deadly low levels and so did my potassium. I was given special IV's for that. I just went for round 5 of 6 chemo treatments and was sent home for a week cause my white count is now way down.
I am a positive person but am scared to death to get the next chemo. They are going to give IV fluids for 3 days after my 3 days of chemo. Doctor says it should be better. He is doing cat scan after 5 treatments and will then decide if I need #6.
Radiation Doctor wants to do Preventive Cranial Radiation but only if Lymph Nodes are back to normal. This will effect my short term memory for ever. Is this what I want or do I take my chances with this cancer?
My family is great but there are times when I need to reach out to people like me. I have 3 cancer survivors I talk with but 2 were breast cancer and 1 was colon cancer and none of them have had the treatment protocol I am getting. They all had Chemo but no Radiation.