DCIS Breast Cancer and Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient


My name is Kathie and I am 65 years old. After recovering from a double mastectomy in 2013 I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2014. I now have a recurrence of lung cancer for the 3rd time. I had chemotherapy and radiation the first treatment, chemotherapy for the second treatment, and now waiting to start keytruda for my 3rd treatment. I am so happy to hear that keytruda has been approved by the FDA.

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  • Sorry to hear of your recurrence of breast Cancer. I wish you a good result with keytruda.

  • Hi Kathie, I'm so sorry that you are having to go through this. I had a right mastectomy in 2001 and stage 2 lung cancer in my lower right lung. The tumor was the size of a softball which was contained. No nodes involved. They removed the entire bottom right lobe. I'm 70. I've not had chemo or anything because they got all the cancer with surgery and my first CT scan was completely negative. I hope you do well with the new treatment. This is really a great site to get input from other like us and is very comforting when you need it the most. Stay in touch with all of us and let us know how you're doing. Stay well

  • Thank you for your response. So kind of you. It's been a rough couple of years, but doing quite well in spite of it all. It is wonderful that your CT scan came back negative. Praise the Lord. I am anxious to start the next round of treatment for lung cancer. I go for one infusion every three weeks. The side effects are not as harsh as chemotherapy. Take care and continue to stay healthy.

  • How are you doing on Keytruda? I have had one infusion on the 14th and my next one is July 5th. I felt great for three days, like before cancer, then had a couple of days of headaches, joint pain and itchiness. Had been dealing with a bad cough before treatment and now have bronchitis but I don't think it's because of the Keytruda. Please let me know your experience with it.



  • Kathie,

    So sorry to hear about your journey; so many wonderful folks in this community have walked a really rough road. But, as you can see, they are fighters! And hope is the heartbeat of this group.

    Thank you, so much, for joining us and adding your wisdom to the mix. We are all so glad to have you here.

    Please keep us posted!

  • My prayers are with you, Kathie, and I'm so happy you're being put on Keytruda. other than the breast cancer, my NSCLC was similar to yours. It just didn't want to go away. I was on the trial for Keytruda for two years and have been off it now for one year and am doing great. Keytruda was just approved for first line treatment of NSCLC, also, which is wonderful news. Anyway, I wish you the best in your journey and believe that Hope and Attitude are a big part in beating this. Nancy

  • Nancy,

    Thank you so much for your note. It is great to hear that Keytruda has helped you. I start my first infusion tomorrow. I agree that Hope and Attitude are both important for healing. Having cancer for the 4th time was very disheartening when I heard the lung cancer had returned after only 6 or 7 months. I have much hope this go-around. My oncologist is very confident the Keytruda will work for me. Me too lol!! My two sons are gems. They have been through this with me. They are so proud of me and I am proud of them.

    I wish you a wonderful day.


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