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My dad was diagnosed w/Lung Cancer in June. The last few months have been so diffucult for my family and I. There are so many different emotions that go along with this and I find it hard to cope with the day to day things. I just want to stay home and feel safe from the world. My dad is feeling very tired from his chemo treatments and is also experieccing severe pain and numbnes in his feet. If anyone has any comment, please reply. Thank you.

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just what kind has he have? As for the feet (numb) that is an effect from the cemo I have had 3rd stage small cell + cancer limp noids in center of chest. I with the help of my wife pushing herbs into me none stop. I was given 6 months to live and today I am in 3 years remission and getting better.ken (bbardin@zianet.com P.S. what you should give dad if he is feeling ill from the cemo is to give hime "two ginger caps a day every day three days before cemo treatments to three days after. He will not feel sick.this works!!!!

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Hello Ken, Congratulations, god for you. I am not 100% sure what stage he is in, as the doctor's are just saying that at his age, 59, he has to fight. But, it sounds like he is in a similiar situation that you are. It is in the lungs and also the limphnodes in the center of the chest. How many chemo treatments did it take for you to go into remission? Also, what other types of herbs did you take? Also, do you know of any remedies for the numb feet being that he already has them? Thank you so much for responding, you have made me have hope. Please rsvp when you have a moment.

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Hi! My heart goes out to you. Last September, my mom was diagnosed with stage III inoperable non-small cell lung cancer. Only one lymph node was affected but it was located up in her neck, thus putting her in stage III inoperable. She ran the gauntlet with chemo therapy and radiation...to the point where her skin looked completely fried and had days when she thought she would just not be able to take anymore, but through it all, she always wore a smile on her face, firmly believed that the treatments would help her, and put her faith in God. I questioned her only once and her answer was short, sweet, and straight to the point..."compared to the alternative, these treatments aren't so bad". I am so happy to say that while there is no cure for my mother (69 and my dad died 12 years ago), she is now in Europe having the time of her life with her sister and, for the moment, has no evidence of disease. I am so blessed to have her for I needed her greatly when just 8 months after her diagnosis, my husband of 28 years was diagnosed with colon cancer, stage III, at age 50.

All I can tell you is hang in there. It's easier said then done, but look at me...I'm hanging. Some days, only by a thread, but hanging nevertheless. Take each day as it comes...live in the moment and believe with all your heart that all will be well. Again, easier said than done, but the alternative thinking will wear you down beyond belief. Be supportive, be encouraging, and most of all, convey the "never give up" attitude. Attitude is a big part of this fight against cancer and people can really make a difference for themselves by keeping the most positive attitude and anything is possible. Hope this helps a little. Fondly,

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Hello Anne,
So very sorry to hear of your dads diagnoses. This is such a terrible disease and as you said really does effect the entire family. I'm one of the lucky ones, I was stage IIB and they took my left lung 2 & 1/2 years ago but I certainly do understand the emotions, anguish and the helplessness that go along with it.

I think Monika gives excellent advice and I agree 100% with what she says about attitude. The only thing I can add is to make sure ya give him a big (((HUG))) when ever ya can. Know that you are not alone and you, your family and dad will be in my thoughts and prayers. I can be reached here at ACS or on lungcancersurvivors.org if you want to talk.
God bless
Bobmc-NSCLC- stageIIB-left pneumonectomy- 5/2/01- " absolutely insist on enjoying life today!"

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Ann, The numbness is neuropathy and can be very debilitating. You need to discuss with the oncologist so that some adjustment can be made in the chemo. I had to be taken off Taxol and Taxoterre was substituted. Good luck with this.

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Dear Ann,
I empathize with you. My Mom was diagnosed with nsc lung cancer - stage IIIb in November. I feel so totally helpless sometimes. If she can do something, I let her do it. My Dad and I pick up the slack on the rest. We try to keep things as normal as possible, but normal doesn't really exist anymore. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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