Recently diagnosed with lung cancer

Was diagnosed Jan 9th 2016 with stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma in lower right lobe 1.6 cm nodule . I have had 5 radiation sbrt treatments and waiting till July for blood work and ct scan with contrast to see where I am at. I was very lucky my dr sent me for a ct scan because I had a bad cough and chest congestion . I live in mi and the cold weather is hard on me especially with the radiation treatments. I was not a canadiate for surgery due to copd . So this treatment is my best hope

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  • I was diagnosed December, 2013, with NSCLC, stage 1. After losing confidence in the doctors I was seeing here in MS, I decided to go to MD Anderson in Houston for a second opinion. They told me I was not a candidate for surgery due to poor lung function and if I had the surgery as was the plan in MS, I would eventually be in a wheel chair waiting for my organs to fail. At MDA, I was put in a clinical trial of STARS, stereotactic ablative radiation therapy, which I think is the same or similar as your treatment. I had 54 GY over three days, the same dose as would be given over 6 to 8 weeks. While I was thankful I was able to finish treatment in that short period of time since I was traveling back and forth, I couldn't find much information relating to side effects from this treatment. On a positive note my doctor said I was in remission at my last appointment October, 2015. 

  • I did good until the last treatment, I don't have a lot of energy ,but the information I have read is that's a side effect .My breathing isn't as good as before but I am told it will improve. My fev1 is 33% no oxygen yet . So all I can do is pray the sbrt works. Nobody mentioned anything about chemotherapy . This whole thing has turned my world upside down, but that is life. I am taking one day at a time and all I can do is wait and see in July what the ct says.

  • I feel the same way since diagnosis 6/2015. I has wedge resection and chemo after, then twoscans later and 3 months later had local reoccurance in mid chest lymph nodes, just finished. Daily radiation 30 rounds and low dose chemo once a wk for 6 wks..mau have 2 additional chemo treatments. Then wait for another CT and in app 3 months another pet scan.. But yes it seems my world ended as I knew it before..everything now seems to evolve around cancer and it's scary and I hate this..I do try to stay positive and happy that mine was found fairly early stage 2.  I hope all works as it is supposed too.   Good luck to you all... M M

  • Mine was stage 1 according to the pet scan my lymph nodes were clear and it hadn't  spread, but up until the biopsy I was convinced it wasn't cancer , so after the diagnosis it really hit me hard. When I went to the cancer center for treatment and saw all the people there I knew I was not an isolated case. I can't say I felt better but I knew I was not the only one with cancer. Try to stay as positive as you can , eat as healthy as possible and hope for the best outcome , that's what I am trying to do. My Dr said there is a possibility it may come back. If it does I will cross that bridge then. Good luck and give the fight all you have. T

  • How do u cope with COPD?

  • I have learned to slow down, and pace myself .if I want to do some chores like mowing the lawn I have to take my time. I have found I don't have any reserve so if I do things like I have always done at a faster pace. It takes me awhile to recover . Even walking I walk a lot slower than I did before. Hope this helps.

  • Why did you not have a lobotomy?  I had stage 1b small cell lung cancer. They did a lobotomy and 4 rounds chemo. That was 10 years ago and I am fine.

  • I had surgery on my left lung in 2007 ,left lower lobe removed, not cancer related, it really lowered my breathing capacity, so with cancer in right lower lobe , I was not a canadiate for surgery. Surgery is the best option for cure if it is found early, which mine was, the onocaligest said I was not a canadiate due to my lung function . That is why I opted for the SBRT , he feels that was my best option under the circumstances .I am very  lucky to live in MI . Where in a 100 mi radius I have three very good cancer centers. At this time all I can do is wait and pray the sbrt worked. I would have opted for surgery if the circumstances had been different . 

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