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christsj
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Okay they finally set up a date for my Mom's Needle Biopsy. She has only been in the hosptial 3 times during her 83 years and I know she is afraid. Could anyone that has had a needle biopsy please let me know the amount of pain you went through so I know how to prepare her. Not that I would tell her it is awful but I don't want her to expect nothing and get a lot. Thanks

PBJ Austin
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I had the needle biopsy on 6/25/09. The worst part of it was thinking about it. I was scared out of my mind but once they sedated me I was fine. I was conscious enough to breathe and hold my breath when I was told, but otherwise I had very little pain and little awareness of exactly what they were doing. Please tell this to your mom, it's really not bad. I hope this helps and I hope you will stay in touch.

christsj
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Do they give everyone sedation that has a needle biopsy? Thanks

PBJ Austin
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I would imagine they do sedate everyone but I really don't know. I read on your other thread that your mom doesn't want you to make any calls to the doctor, but I would do it anyway and ask this question. Then you can tell her everyone is sedated and don't give her your source of info. Even if she's not sedated surely they will use adequate painkillers.

christsj
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Finally got my Mom's needle biopsy over with. It was a long drawn out deal and so stressful! Her blood pressure went sky high! They tried the first day and she was rushed to ER and admitted her to the hospital, the second day they called off the procedure because of the blood pressure. My Mom doesn't have steady high blood pressure but if she is stressed, scared or mad it goes crazy. We kept telling them from the beginning to give her a sedative before taking her down and no one would listen! Finally on the third try they did give her a sedative before taking her down and were able to do the biopsy. Why won't doctor's and nurses listen??? We should have results this week. Thanks everyone.

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Greggriggs
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I guess they don't get it wonder what the problem was with the sedative ?
Hope it all comes out well!!!
Bless your Mom an your Family.
Greg

PBJ Austin
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Hi christsj, I'm so sorry this has been such an awful ordeal for you and your dear mom. Please do post back with the results, I'll hope and pray for the best.

christsj
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Got the results back on my Mom. Non-small squamous cell lung cancer. I don't have the stage yet but my understanding is if it is in both lungs it would be considered stage 4. The doc told her she has a 1 year - 1 1/2 at most, but he is not an Ocologist. Can anyone tell me what to expect from here? I realize each case is different but if I knew some of what to expect or in what order things may start happening it might be easier to get through. Pretty bummed today. Thanks for all of you being here. *hugs

PBJ Austin
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Christsj, I am very sorry to hear this news and I send huge hugs to you. You are correct that each case is different and the oncologist s/b able to help you to understand what is to come. Good luck and many blessings to you and everyone on this board.

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soccerfreaks
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You are correct in acknowledging that 'each case is different' and that, therefore, it is difficult to predict what anyone will go through precisely. Your mom's case is a bit more difficult even, because of her age if not physical condition.

I do not mean this in an ageist way, even if it sounds like it. Rather, I am supposing that your mom's doctors will take her age and physical condition/capabilities into acount when considering what treatment, if any, to embark upon now.

And I say this not to suggest that the doctors are ageist either. Rather, they should have your mom's best possible outcomes in mind as they decide what happens next. If they think, for example, that this form of chemotherapy or that one is likely to be too much for her to handle, they are likely, I would surmise, to forego such treatment in deference to quality of life.

If, as you indicate, I think, that the cancer is in both lungs, it is highly unlikely that surgery is an option. I think I CAN say that rather assuredly, as I was told the same once upon a time, when it was thought that I had cancer it both lungs (I did not, although they eventually removed my lowest right lobe).

I had non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as well, in the aforementioned lobe, and it was also squamous cell cancer. I was advised that squamous, at least in the lungs, progresses in a less aggressive fashion than other lung cancers (small cell, in particular). That is, I would, think, a good thing, relatively speaking.

Following my surgery, I was put on a schedule of chemotherapy that included both carboplatin and taxol. Perhaps these will be offered to mom. Many folks tell me they experienced nausea and other effects from these, by the way, but I did not, at least not the nausea. I DID experience instances of very low platelets and very low white blood cell counts (and this would concern docs re mom's age and well-being and quality of life).

I join others in expressing sorrow for the nature of the results. I am hopeful that, having lived this long, mom can say that she has had a long and fulfilling life with expectations for many more wonderful moments with her family and friends before she departs (as we all will sooner or later, many without what we might consider the treasured knowledge that our moments are indeed numbered and that we should spend them wisely, with ones we love, doing what we love).

Best wishes to your mom and her family.

Take care,

Joe

christsj
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Wow...all I can say is that the people on this blog are really good people. You take the time to respond to post and you do it with the greatest of respect for the person with the cancer as well as the family member. You have truly made a difference in my life. Thank you all very much. I will be keeping in touch.

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