Feb 26, 2012 - 3:21 pm
Hello. I am new here. My name is Donna. I am 58 years old and was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in August of last year. Four months earlier I had just finished treatment for DCIS breast cancer with radiation and lumpectomy. I was told my lung cancer is NOT mets from the breast cancer and is a completely different kind of cancer. My lung cancer is limited and was caught fairly early, with the cancer being only in one lung with some spread to lymph nodes. I just completed all my treatments for the lung cancer. I had radiation and chemo with Cisplatin and Etoposide. I just completed whole brain radiation last week. My last scan showed no evidence of disease.
I am looking for others who have small cell lung cancer to learn about their treatments and how they are doing and coping. I would also like some advice on how to cope with my disease. I am having a really tough time with this. I attended a lung cancer support group at the cancer center I went to, but hearing that I am not alone really did not help much. I also took a meditation class, but this does not seem to be helping either. I do not want to have to take any anti-depresssants, but I guess I will if I have to. I do have Ativan on hand for really bad days (which are currently most days).
At present I am on medical leave from work, but will be returning to work in the near future. I have worked in the medical field for 40 years.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to hear from others.