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Elizabeth15
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Has anyone ever had, seen or heard about non small cell lung cancer squamous cell go to the colon?

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z
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Hello, No I have not. I was dx with squamous cell anal cancer on 4-23-09 and then primary non small lung cancer on 9-23-10. Both were stage 1s and both were squamous cell. Lori

Elizabeth15
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I appreciate your responding to my question. I so hope you are doing well. Let me ask another question please...when you say primary nscl cancer do you mean that was the primary site and it went to the anal area even though they found the anal cancer first? Thanks again for responding...I am just trying to piece things together...they said my husband's cancer was very rare to have gone from lung to colon...only ever saw one case before him...he never smoked a day in his life and had very little exposure to second hand smoke...both of these factors don't really mean anything to me but played a role all the time when we were questioned about things...I asked if treatment was predicated on how you got cancer and was told no...so why ask? just to make someone feel guilty? But the thing for me is that the cancer he was DX with is almost exclusive to smokers and it went to the colon...something does not make sense and I just need to put things together...maybe I am grasping at straws but I just need a basic understanding for some sort of peace of mind...

Thanks again for your time. Elizabeth

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z
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The anal cancer was 1st with ned anywhere else in my body. I had pet/ct scans, a merged test, to stage the initial cancer. The lung cancer was primary and dx 2nd. The reason that the lung cancer is primary, and not a metatsis from the anal cancer, is there was no HPV in the lung cancer nodule, whereas, in the anal cancer there was HPV, which is well known to cause cervical and anal cancer. My theory for me is while I went through tx for the anal cancer with chemo and radiation, that my immune system weakened and I was unable to fight off the lung cancer. I was also a 35 year smoker and quit at the anal cancer dx. Constant inflammation has proven to cause cancer. I hope you will find the answere you are looking for. If the drs are unable to explain everything throughly you might want to get a 2nd opinion. I wish you and your husband well. Lori

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UNBEARABLE
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my husband was diagnosed with stg 4 squamous nsc ...he had 5 mets ---to liver, bones, chest but none to colon.

Elizabeth15
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Thank you for responding. I am trying to put together what we were told. I can find no info regarding this and my mind is just traveling at the speed of light trying to put things together. How are you doing? You seem to have a lot to deal with...from the date under your name I am assuming your husband was diagnosed last summer. My husband was DX in September of 2010. How is your husband doing? I so hope the treatments are working and your hubby is comfortable. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question. Elizabeth

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don09
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Hi Elizabeth 15, So sorry you are having to go through this, I remember when I was first dx. My head was spinning in so many irrational sparatic directions just tying to make sense of it all. It is a lot to digest and process, so I totally can relate to how you feel. To best answer your question if NSCLC can go to the colon, the answer is yes. If lung cancer is the primary, meaning that this is where it started, if it metastasized via the spine, or central nervous system than it can basically show up anywhere. Although still considered lung cancer, even though it is in other areas of the body. There are generally two organs that NSCLC targets, brain, and liver. Why this is, I am not sure. I have NSCLC, I have invested a lot of time researching questions like these on-line, and through this web site, so I would encourage you to keep posting here on anything that you might have questions about, chances are pretty good in that you will find them. There are many here who have had, or currently have those in their lives that have been touched by this disease, and of great support. All my best to you.

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