How and when did you learn about your cancer?
I was diagnosed with NSCLC in Jan 2009, after being told for 3 yrs that it was scar tissue on my left lung. The CT Scan showed a change, followed by a
PET scan that confirmed cancer.
What types of treatment(s) have occurred?
I had an upper lobectomy on my left lung in January and the drs, said there was no spread and no need for radiation or chemo. I was told it may never come back but I am scared to death. I smoked for 36 yrs and have a strong family history of cancer. I have lost so many in my family tocancer of different types, it is hard to imagine that it is not spreading. I am having a lot of trouble eating because it causes my stomach to hurt. I mentiom this to the dr. but he didn't seem worried about it. I would like to know if any of the other pts that have had a upper lobectomy have had a lot of trouble with their stomach. Also can anyone actually tell me what type of survival rates are with this type of cancer if it had not spread.
What have been the most important things that have helped you through your survivorship?
The only thing that kept me going through this nightmare was the fight for life that my brother was waging against neck and head cancer. We lost him 3 weeks ago and now I am struggling to recover from the after effects of this loss and effets of surgery , such as the difficulty eating. I am espcially bothered when people treat me like I am marked for death. I just know that faith is the only thing that keeps me sane.