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boffst
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My father was recently diagnosed with stage 3 b lung cancer that is inoperable. He started chemo yesterday (Cisplatin/Etoposide chemo). He is so weak and in a lot of pain and won't eat anything. I am so scared. Is there anyone who has had stage 3b and bounced back where there has been a quality of life. I just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel.

kimbil
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My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in December 2007 which is inoperable too. She has been receiving radiation to the brain and started radiation on her lung this week. She seems to be responding well to the treatment other than her hair which fell out this past week. She will be starting chemo in a few weeks Taxol and Cisplatin are what the doctors plan on using for her treatment. The only side effect she has experienced from radiation is tiredness so far. The doctors told me that everyone responds differently to the treatments. I am scared also. Hopefully, the chemo will work and she won't have any serious side effects from it. I will let you know how she makes out.

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Greggriggs
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There is always light at the end of the tunnel.
I had alung removed a year an a half ago. I am still here. Try an get him to drink insure or any juce I took flax seed oil I don't know if any of it does any good but it is up to him an I can under stand why he does not want to eat.
but don't give up on him.
Greg

Grandma Carolyn
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I had surgery for lung cancer in March 2003. I had a small lump 3 years ago but had that burned off and I am on oxygen but other than that I am doing pretty well. I don't go out as much because it is a hassle to fill tanks and get going. I have a pretty good attitude because I am happy to be alive. I do quite a bit of cooking which I have always loved. I had two rounds of chemo in 2003 along with the surgery but I do have extremely knowledgeable doctors. I have been in two clinical trials and also in a Mayo Clinic trial. You have to hang in there and hope for the best and do exactly what your doctors tell you. Never give up!!!!!!!

Laura88
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Joined: Oct 2009

You are an inspiration to me. I am inoperable stage 3B, diagnosed in May of this year. I have just finished 18 weeks of chemo (alimta and Cisplatin) and 8 weeks of radiation. My first scan is this Thursday -- very, very nervous. It is so helpful for me to read the stay positive, never give up postings here. It truly keeps me going -- and thank you so much for that. Keep cooking!!! Laura

indydorsey13
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Joined: Sep 2009

All of the support is great, and connections with others who are dealing with this evil disease...My husband was diagnosed Sept. 28..He hasn't started treatment yet....I think he will start next week... What prognosis did oncologist give you ?

Thanks & God Bless You & Keep the Faith One step at a time
Dorsey

scaroline
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Joined: Apr 2011

I am looking for the woman who has been married for 32 years, and her husband has been diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. My husband has recently been diagnosed with this horrible disease, and I'm scared to death. He starts Chemo and Rad. tomorrow. We also have been married almost 32 years, he is my whole world, and I need someone to talk to. Please contact me, and give me any advice that you have.

Paula1954
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Joined: May 2011

My husband was diagnosed 4 Dec 2009. He has 3b lung cancer and he successfully had 6 chemo & 38 radiations. He is doing GREAT! The lung is in remission, and he is on a daily dose of tarceva 100 mg for this. In Dec 2010 he had surgery for the tongue & lymph node and the pathology report states they got it all... He just finished a grueling 33 radiations and 6 eurbatux to the head/neck. The worst part of the treatment was the mouth. Started radiation 1 Feb & finished 18 March. As of today May 17, mouth is just NOW getting better. He kept his weight on without a feeding tube despite the incredible pain. He is a miracle himself.

pam lewis
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Joined: Oct 2011

i have been told that have stage 3a lung cancer. i don't know much about it but, it has been hard for me doing the treatments. right now i am doing chemo and it seem to be taking a toll me. i feel that at times that maybe that i should just let what happen, happen but i know i have to do it for my husband, children an grandchildren. it is nice to be able to here now others r doing.i some haves hope thank you much.

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Sandi3322
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Hi Pam,

My name is Sandi and you took the words right out of my mouth. I've finished 1 cycle of Cisplatin/Etoposide with radiation (13 of 30). I'd love someone to chat with if your game?

JPare93372
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Joined: Mar 2013

Hang in there I wish I ha III A. Big difference from III B which I have. Much better chance of survival.

So I am halfway through chemotherapy and radiation.

I am a born again Christian so Christ is my only source of survival either way. now I am praying to survive here for a while longer if it's His will. Think I have more to accomplish this side of heaven. Yet that is his decision.

What have I learned so far?One thing.

When you reach the point you cannot eat for whatever reason:
1.VicOdin made me vomit
2.Compazine did nothing
3.The elixir they gave me did not help.

ATIVAN (Lorazepam) immediately returned my appetite. It reduced the pain from radiation but pain is still there. The loss of appetite was not from the pain I just didn't desire food. Ativan fixed it.
Atavan immediatelt

Alphe
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Joined: Dec 2011

How is it going? Want to talk?
My husband also has 3g lung cancer.
We have been married for 38 years.

Alysa
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Hello, my name is Alysa and we just found out in November that my dad has 3b lung cancer. I am hoping you can help give some insight to this. He has been through almost 8 weeks radiation and chemo. They had to stop it for a couple of weeks because it made him so ill. So far the blood tests that they have done have come back good and I think he has managed to keep most his weight on because he has kept himself hydrated (drinking Gatorade etc) and also drinking things like Insure and eating good. He just started the radiation back up this past week and it just wipes him out, he is dreading the chemo which I think starts back up the 16th. He is not acting right as far as emotionally, he is doing funny things, not talking much just emotionless most of the time. My mom is kind of at her wits end because she has tried to get him to go talk to someone about this, but he doesn't want to do it. It is almost like he is battling with himself as to whether he wants to continue the treatments or not. I think he is angry also, which I know is normal. He has made the comment to me and her both that he is over it. My sisters both tell my mom "Dont you let him stop the therapies, make sure he keeps going. My thoughts are that if he decides that he doesn't want to do them then nobody should force him. I love him and don't want anything to happen but I think it should be his decision. Am I right in feeling that way? I am just really confused right now. Another thing that I have noticed with him is forgetting things. I don't know if it is because he has so much on his mind or if it is something else.
Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated.
Alysa

suenakim
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Hi. My husband had his entire left lung removed. And part of the heart sac. The dr. Thought that they were going to remove part of the lung. He had a ct scan and a pet scan and when they opened him they found that the cancer was entwined around the lobes of the left lung and was heading for his heart. 

I asked why these high tech scans didnt show all the cancer.and he said cancer hides. They removed his lymph node as well and it was cancerous as well.  He did some chemo, but had to quit early because his body couldn't take it. The dr now wants him to take 25 sessions of radiation. But we are worried abt his heart and only 1 lung. They told us of he didnt have radiation he would prob get cancer in the brain or bones within 1 yr. My husband will be 59. We have been married for 37 years and worked together for most of those yrs. I don't understand what the letter a or b means after stage 3. All I know is he has stage 3 lung cancer what does the a or b mean?  My husband was a very active man before this all began 8 months ago.

My husband still has pain from the surgery almost 4 months ago  he isn't eating well from the chemo and he soon will start radiation. He is a loving decent man. We are both devestated.

dennycee
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Dear suenakim,

welcome.  I don't know the difference between a and b, sorry.  Please consider starting a new thread to ask for more info.  New entries can be hard to locate in these long threads.  To start one, go to the page that lists all the threads and find the phrase Start a New Entry or something similar.  You can copy and paste your whole entry so you don't have to write it again.  

The doctor can give you a prescription for an appetite enhancer.  calories are more important than balanced diet right now.  So stock things he liked in the past.  If he is on one of the platinum drugs (cisplatin or carboplatin) things will taste metallic so use plastic forks and spoons.  It's okay to ask for an extra week of rest before starting radiation.  

I look forward to hearing more from you.  

Alphe
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Joined: Dec 2011

How is it going?
Know what you are experiencing.How's the support for
both of you?

kris4beach
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Joined: Jan 2010

Laura, my boyfriend was diagnosed in Oct 2007 with stage 3 non operatable met lung cancer. Dr said lucky if he has a year. We started aggressive chemo and radiation together and started a nightly prayer group with family members. He is still here alive and kicking with a pretty darn good quality of life. 4 pets in remission. Looks great, feels good and living a wonderful life. He gets tired easily, has some residual back pain from the something, not sure what but we are thrilled that it can work and he is living proof. Be optimistic, try anything that makes sense to you and get a strong support group, either family, friends or a group that will be there regardless and keep you going.

JPare93372
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Joined: Mar 2013

What stage lung cancer does boyfriend have?

boffst
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Thank you for responding. Good to know the radiation doesn't have crazy side effects. Please let me know how your mom makes out. Greg, my father is drinking ensure. I will never give up and either will he. Good luck.

kimbil
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My mom finished the radiation treatments to her brain last week. The doctors started the radiation on her lung. The radiation seems to be working from what I can tell. She was swollen about two weeks ago from the tumor in her lung pushing against her vena cava vein. Since the radiation to her lung the swelling has disappeared, so I am assuming that the radiation has shrunk the tumor somewhat. She lost all her hair, but seems to be doing well. She still has not started chemo and is waiting for the doctors to tell her when she will be starting it. How is your Dad doing?
Darlene

dsm1lkw
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My Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-small cell lung cancer in July. Her first 4 sessions of chemo did nothing. She has been through two sessions with another type of drug. I, too, am concerned about her severe lack of appetite. She would on some days only drink a carnation instant breakfast (she says it tastes better than ensure), a yogurt and a pudding. She has been very weak as well. She is always so tired. She went to her oncologist this week as the doctors can prescribe something to boost the appetite. Not sure if it is doing any good yet or not. Powerade or gatorade is supposed to be good if you can get your Dad to drink it

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Greggriggs
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I did anthor thing . I could not stand the smell of any food. So my wife got cheap banquet TV dinners like mac an chesse I would stuff them as fast as I could an leave the table they did not always stay down But it is worth a try.
Greg

dsm1lkw
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Greg, is it common that my Mom would lay around for days or weeks feeling so tired that she is not able to have visitors?

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Greggriggs
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Hope your Mom is better
Dsm I don't remember almost a year I guess your mind blocks a lot out. I remember in bed outa bed an tired I am still tired Your blood takes a long time to come back. You think you have it licked an wam it gets you agin . Has the doc did blood work on your mom to see if her red count is to low?? Boffst Try putting Ice cream in his insure make a milk shake out of it . Or like Dsm carnation instant breakfast with ice cream .
Hope things are better for your Mom Dsm An your Dad boffst.
Mike when am I going to forget this an get on with my life???
Greg

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Greggriggs
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Hope your Mom is better
Dsm I don't remember almost a year I guess your mind blocks a lot out. I remember in bed outa bed an tired I am still tired Your blood takes a long time to come back. You think you have it licked an wam it gets you agin . Has the doc did blood work on your mom to see if her red count is to low?? Boffst Try putting Ice cream in his insure make a milk shake out of it . Or like Dsm carnation instant breakfast with ice cream .
Hope things are better for your Mom Dsm An your Dad boffst.
Mike when am I going to forget this an get on with my life???
Greg

Grandma Carolyn
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Has your mother talked to her doctors about depression?? That could be part of it.....

boffst
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Greg want to thank you. I bought the banquet dinner and my dad ate it. DSM1KW - My father is so weak he can't even move from the couch. I have no idea what is normal. I am thinking about putting him in the hospital. He says he won't go but he may not have a choice. Does your mom sleep all day???

dsm1lkw
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Boffst, My Mom is in Florida and I am in IA so I am not sure how much she is sleeping. Her voice has been very hoarse so it has been difficult to get her on the phone but she is not even returning emails, it is like she is withdrawing. She has asked her Dr. about anti-depressants but I don't think prescribed any but I think she needs them. I was in FL in the beginnig of January and we had to put my Mom in the hospital for 4 days because she was barely eating and drinking and we were concerned (and rightly so) that she was dehydrated. She had been so weak that her hands were shaking. Linda

Mawoni
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I was down to 88 lbs after surgury aND HOSPITAL FOR 6 DAYS. I was much more concerned about it than my Dr's seemed to be. During chemo, I know I had an awful time eating, for many reasons, and was told to eat whatever tasted good and lots of it. Was a struggle for my dear husband to come up with things to try. Some of what used to be my favorite foods tasted like they were made from cardboard and smelled really awful. I couldn't tolerate Ensure, but found that I could drink Boost if I added about 1/3 water and ice to it. I drank lots of green tea and decaf coke. I ended up eating a lot of fish and brocolli as they didn't taste so awful. Me being a type "a" personality, I couldn't believe how bone tired I was. I actually got so just lying around sleeping felt ok to me. I tried very hard (and still trying) to listen to my body and do whatever it said it needed.
I hope your Dad is doing better with all of it and that you did not have to hospitalize him.

handle
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hi, I have small cell lung cancer, also inoperable, had radiation, cisplatnum and vp-16 (etopacide) and got very ill and ended up in hospital. I was then switched to carboplatnum, taxol and vp-16 , all bad sides effects of vomiting constatly for 7-10 days at smell of anything , including food, soap, deodorant, anything. I could not eat but started with toast , and homemade vanilla milkshakes(very small) . I forced them down, also some rice krispies. I lost average of 40 pounds each cycle and would put it back on by the next cycle. My cycles were three days of chemo and radiation 6 times a week for six and one half weeks to chest , side and back. I am here and out of treatment for 6 years and soon to be 7 years this may. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel, just tell him to hang in there and don't give up, I was 50 when diagnosed and soon to be 57. Bless you and in my prayers, Mike

Aworthin
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Hi mike,
I was really touched with your story of surviving. My dad was just diagnosed with stage 3b small cell lung cancer and I am scared to death. You give me so much hope! I wanted to see how you are doing?
Angie

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Plymouthean
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Hi.

I'm a seven year survivor of NSCLC, 3B. My personal web page is found here, under "Grateful Survivor".
My tumor was approximately 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 7 cm, and located in the upper lobe of my right lung. I was diagnosed in May of '01, at age 67, as incurable/inoperable. I received three 3-day chemo treatments of Cisplatin and Etopiside, at three week intervals. At the same time, I received 55 consecutive daily radiation treatments, five days a week, with weekends off.
By October, '01, my tumor had been shrunk by 75%, and it was removed surgically. Post-op, I received ten more radiation treatments, and twelve weekly chemo treatments of Carboplatin and Taxol.
By April, '02 I was able to travel to Las Vegas (I live in MA) for some well-earned partying!
I've been cancer free since. My whole experience lasted ten months. At the time, it seemed like a hundred years! My point is that cancer can be beaten,- not easily, but it's possible.
The pre-op chemo treatments were very aggressive, and were harder to take as time passed. The radiation did some (mostly) temporary damage, but I'm here today, - alive and kicking!
You and your father must keep a positive attitude, and do what it takes.
As a caregiver, you must take care of yourself, also. Try to arrange for someone to give you a break, now and then.
If I can be of help, e-mail me through this website.
My prayers and best wishes to you and your father.

Ernie

anastasiaxy
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Congratulations on being a 7-year survivor! I was also stage 3b with a tumor in similar size to yours and similar pre-op treatment (chemo and radiation). The upper lobe of my left lung was removed. The oncologist said it would be my decision to receive post-operative chemo. I was concerned that I had lost 13 pounds (weighed 81 pounds), so I requested a 2nd opinion. Upon receiving a recommendation (2nd opinion) from the head of oncology at UCLA, I did not receive post-operative chemo treatments. I did have acid reflux caused by the radiation treatments, which caused me to cough. After surgery, the coughing was so painful that many times I didn't eat, which caused me to lose weight. It has been a year and 4 1/2 month since the the radiation treatment. The medication I took for acid reflux caused diarrhrea so I stopped taking it. My acid reflux has improved significantly. I now take digestive enzymes, which seems to help. Did you have any complications such as acid reflux from the radiation treatments? Also, do you eat any special foods or take supplements to stay in good health? I try to drink fresh vegetable and fruit juice (carrots, cabbage, celery, orange, apple) every other day and I take a multivitamin. Any recommendations will help.

diana5414
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My mother in law has just been diagnosed with NSCLC, stage 3. She went in for surgery today and was told not operable. I am finding stories of hope for her. I have printed yours. Thanks for being here.

cfischer
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Hello, I just saw this posting, my father was diagnosed before christmas with lung cancer which is inoperabe, large mass on the left side of lung..definetly fluid because you can tell in his voice, he is 59 years old and he started chemo last week 3 days 3 week intervals, no radiation yet..but your post really inspired me and i almost wanted to copy and past it and email it to my father...he was told today it is 3b because he must of just asked his oncologist..hoping i get a response so we can chat..god bless..from connecticut!

Joyce 42
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Father also has mass in upper left lung along with the lymph nodes.....Not sure what to think. Your story is amazing! ur very blessed! i am trying to keep a positive attitude very hard. But after reading your story i will carry myself in a different light. Are there any suggestions that you would give me please???

Thanks Joyce.

lbanzi
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I was diagnosed in July, 2008 with small cell lung cancer. I had 6 months of Cisplating and Etoposide, and by the end of the 6th treatment, the tumor and other mets areas (rib and lymph node) are almost normal. Yes, chemo is rough, but he needs to find foods that taste good to him and eat. Right after chemo, (up to 1 week after), alot of foods tasted bad, but I could tolerate certain things, like scrambled eggs. A diet high in protein is good--try to get as much protein in him as you can. Also, soup, jello, and certain fruits I was able to tolerate well. As a nutritional boost, my doctor recommended a drink called "Ensure", but I didn't use it much. Attitude is everything! He must eat if he wants to recover from the chemo treatments. He needs to rest, but should try to be active each day for a short time and then gradually increase activities. I am now back to work full-time, and I was just diagnosed 6 months ago. He can overcome the side effects, but he does need to fight it.

Best of Luck......

Aworthin
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Hi
I read your story and it gives me hope reading about someone with small cell lung cancer! I wanted to see how you are doing now since your last post! Thanks so much! Hope all is well! Angie

sherryjoyce
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Joined: Jan 2008

my mom is cancer free today and she now weights 108 lbs. In nov of 2007 we found out she had 3b lung cancer, she was 174 lbs. my mom lost over 80 lbs before she started gaining weight again. Its hard to get back up once you get down but you can get back up if you want to. so dont give up on your dad, be there for him, listen to him, and encourge him the best way you can. Dont let him see all your fears but dont hide them all from him. just let him know you will be there for him and you love him.

SALEMHOGAN
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Joined: Feb 2009

My sister has this cancer. They told us she has a less than 20% chance of survival. She starts
her chemo next Wednesday. She goes for 6-7 hours of chemo.Is this coming to give her any type of quality of life. She's 54 years old and I don't want her to suffer for the remaining time she has left.

stillhere_3yrs
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I was touched by your posting, & want you to know that I too have non small cell stage 3B lung cancer, & am alive and doing very well after 3 years. They can no longer see any cancer activity on my PET scans, but are hesistant to say that I am cured. I continue with chemo treatments every 3 weeks, & have been on Alimta (a type of chemo with minimal side effects)for almost 2 1/2 years. My cancer was inoperable because of the size & location of the mass, so I was treated aggressively with radiation & 3 different types of chemo. The hardest part was the first few weeks of treatment, but please know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I lost my hair during treatments but got a wig & went back to work after 12 weeks of treatments. Please don't put too much stock in statistics. Yes, your sister can have a great quality of life. I am proof that it is possible. I wish your sister the best, & will keep her in my thoughts & prayers.

BettyBaker
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In Feb, 2009,I was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer. The tumor in my right lung is 9X7, with 2 lymph nodes between my lungs and one around my collarbone area. With so many scans, ct's and mri's taken and then I began chemotherapy then radiation. It was a whirlwind of a month. With all of that going on it has taken a while for it to hit me and it has hit me hard emotionally. I am trying to find support groups in my area. The Dr's said it was inoperable, unless they can decrease the size of the tumor in my lung enough. So I am confused, scared, and the not knowing is the hardest. But reading still here 3 yrs and another blog, I see there is hope. If you can give me any information I would appreciate it. It has been almost 3 weeks since my first chemo and I have not lost my hair yet. I have been through 2 weeks of radiation and have acid reflux, but the doctor stated that was not caused by the radiation. I feel tired all of the time, I sleep 11 - 12 hrs a night. I have hit a low point and need some reassurances. I am knew at this and don't know where to turn. I am trying to find financial assistance, because I have to pay $5,000 out of pocket and I have called around and don't know for sure what associations, etc. are out there. Any information anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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deltafun
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Hi, I was just told I have a mass about the same size as yours it' 9.3 cm. I was just wondering how you are doing and if teh chemo and radiatain has helped? I start my Chemo tomorrow and the radaition on Wed. As of right now I feel fine and still work out on the treadmill for 35 min a day but not as hard as I used to because I get winded faster now,

Thanks in advance for any info. I will behappy to give you my e-mail adress if you wish to e-mail me there please feel free to do so.

hopehope
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I came across your post and need some advice on treatment options. My mom is stage 4 NSCL and she just completed 6 sessions of 3rd line of chemo with Alimta. Just got her PET scans and had 15% response to the treatment. Doctor told us that she cannot take any more chemo and they are stopping chemo. They may consider radiation if the pain increases. Please advice. Did my mom ran out of treatment options. What shall I do. What do I have to say to my mom. My mom is not educated and she has not completed understood what doctot said. She is thinking she has response to the treatment and no need to have chemo..I am lost ..so depressed and not sure what to do and what tosay to my mom...

Craig4
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My name is Craig
My wife has non small cell lung cancer
We kept her lung drained while at home
and the tube is removed and she is on her 4th
treatment of alitma chemo
before we started treatment i met a 20 year surviver of lung cancer at work
i asked him exactly what he did to survive the ordeal
he said he put himself on high doses of vitamin C plus small doses of A and B
and did chemo.....he was not suppose to survive....the oncologists asked him exactly what he did to make such a remarkable recovery...we did a exact duplication of what he did..
to date my wife is on introvenous C (100,000 mlg) per week plus A and B twice weekly through her port...
I have seen the good results from the C being in her plus it has helped her
make a comback after each chemo session .............
my question to this group is this.
have any one of you used or are you using vitamin C to help combat the cancer?
they down graded her cancer from stage 4 to a 3b because she is doing so well
she has no difficult breathing, no pain, no fatique
we are considering immuntherapy after her chemo is done
any information shared is greatly appreciated

pam lewis
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Joined: Oct 2011

i was told that i have stage 3a lung cancer. the doctor said it was very rare that he has seen it count me 4 times in his 25 years has a doctor. i am sorry about your sister i hope for the best. i have so far in the past 4 month have found out my sister in law ha d breast cancer and she went through all the treatment and now it is in her other one. then i just lost my other sister in law to cancer. it just seems that it has hit our family hard. but stay strong and god bless you all

Pini
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Joined: Mar 2009

Good Morning,
I was thrilled to read about your mom! May God continue to bless and keep her!
My dad was diagnosed with Stage 3b lung cancer on Jan. 21, 2009. My world stood
still. Just as we were beginning to accept the diagnosis we found out that he also
has metastatic scapula cancer to his right shoulder. He had his first chemo
treatment last Friday and has done very well. He is extremely weak though but he
has such a good appetite. We are a Christian family and we are praying for a
miracle! My moto is "Whatever it takes!" I know that there will be good days
and difficult days - but we will get thru them with the help and grace of the
Lord Almighty! My faith is strong and when I read stories such as yours, my
faith is even stronger!
This is the first time that I have ever written to anyone online. I just wanted
you to know that I appreciate you sharing the wonderful news about your mom! I
pray that I too will be able to share the same wonderful news about my dad in the
coming months ahead.
May all of your days be blessed!

goldeneagle 1953
Posts: 1
Joined: Oct 2009

I had cancer in my upper lobe of my left lung. Been there 7 weeks of Chemo and 8 weeks Radiation . When i went back and had the Pet Scan. A then seen my cancer Doctor he said my left lung look good now. but i will have to go back for a cat scan because they found a 6 mil-a-liter in my Right Lung and it is small.

mandm1
Posts: 21
Joined: Mar 2009

my wife finished her chemo and rad on march 18 09 down to 81# when I brought her home but with a lot of care she has come back to me ...now at 101# and gaining....last scan showed shrinking and collapsing..new scans on 11/17 and the only ongoing problem is a bad stricture in her throat from the radiation...but docs doing dialation and seems to be working...her hair is back and looks beautiful...always hope never give up

mandm1
Posts: 21
Joined: Mar 2009

my wife was dx in nov 08 and we started treatment at MD Anderson in houston in jan 09..45 radiation treatments at 72 gy and 8 days on 8 days off with chemo coctail that was 8 to 10 hrs a day at the same time.we came home on march 18th at 81# tired and most of hair gone..the treatment shrunk and collapsed the mass..retreated from the chest wall and unwrapped from the aorta....she is now at 107# and last week a new scan showed 2 new tumors are growing biosys coming in the next couple of weeks and a new chemo treatment to come shortly..a positive attitude has a lot to do with it..and as a caregiver it was up to me to find something that she would eat to get those pounds back.it takes a team..don't give up just get started we won round 1 and will put the beast on the mat for round 2...the war is won 1 battle at a time

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