My Cancer is Active Again

I returned on 12/6 to Johns Hopkins for my 3rd - 3 month followup. I have inoperable stage 3B NSCLC. At that time the Cat Scan showed abnormalities in the lower left lung. Because the original cancer is in the upper left lung, they ordered a biopsy and PET Scan. The PET Scan was inconclusive as far as the new mass but showed that I still have double pneumonia which I have been fighting since September.

Wednesday afternoon, my oncologist called to let me know she had received the pathology report from 12/12. Because of the location of the original tumor, the doctors were unable to biopsy the lower lung but did take a biopsy of the original cancer.

The pathology report showed that the original cancer is active. I am scheduled to return to JHH on 1/12, to meet with a team of doctors to determine my treatment from here. I know radiation will not be an option as I have already received all the radiation that can be administered to this tumor.

I am asking all of you to pray, if you will, that God's Will be done for me. I have a loving supportive family and I know God's goodness and mercy endureth forever.

God bless each of you.


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34 Replies

  • Ruthie, I'm sorry that you have to deal with some difficult news. Sending best hopes that your medical team will have some good options for you - and that you can get a handle on that pesky pneumonia so that you have access to the broadest range of options.


  • Thank you

  • Ruthie,

    I am so sorry that you are dealing with this difficult news, thank you for sharing.

    January 12th will be a big day, I hope they have some creative ideas waiting for you.

    Sending prayers your way, and caring hugs.


  • Thank you.

  • Ruthie, you are welcome. And thank you for all your kind support and advice to others in this community! Hang on to hope, it brings light to every corner....

  • Ruthie1950 - You are in my prayers, and I regret I have not been on this site as much, recently, as I have been in the past. Please keep us posted, and just know there are a lot of people praying for you. We are in the same "neighborhood" and I am praying extra hard for you.

    Mike "Serrecko" March

    Leader of The Skyline Gaggle of Noobs

    A Fundraising Paintball Team

  • Thank you so much. Prayers are the best weapon against any disease. God bless you.

  • Ruthie, I will pray that your faith, loving family and medical team continue to keep you strong as you face another step towards healing.

  • Thank you a and God bless you.

  • Thank you so much! God bless you.

  • Hi ruthie,

    So sorry your news wasn't what we had hoped for but I know you are a strong person and I am sure you will come out swinging . My hopes and prayers are with you and that your team will have a successful plan in place soon.

    Prayers and hopes for healing,


  • Thank you and God bless you.

  • Ruthie Hopefully they can do something about it. Slow it down or stop it from growing. I am so very sorry to hear that. I've grown to care about each and every one of you. You are like a sister,a friend all rolled in one. I'm here for you i'll always be here if you need anything at all. Some one to talk to. I know your scared but try to be strong and not give up I know that is easier said than done. Ruth's you have a Guardian Angel she walks beside you always she will take care of you and help you thru this. With a lot of love Jo

  • Thank and God bless you Jo.

  • Deep from my heart I pray, there is a solution that will resolve your tumours, they no longer are active, they are not able to spread.

    Oh my dear god, please give each and everyone that's suffering this disease, the ultimate cure, strength and endurance with a long long life full of health.


  • Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  • Praying for you. Trusting God will handle this.

  • Thank you and God bless you.

  • My prayers have been offered up. I send hope that your drs come up with a plan that controls this.

  • Thank you and may God bless you.

  • I had a thought- ask if its possible to have ablation to the primary.

  • Ruthie,will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

  • My prayers are with you my friend. On my 3rd 3 month check my cancer also can back. I did radiation and chemo. Keep the faith there is still alot to fight for and win. Check out exercise and eating right. No sugar. No processed foods. Check out natural ways to beat cancer that won't harm your body. There are lots. I do believe there are natural healings. The biggest are eat, exercise, and POSSITIVE THINKING! Try to watch stress level I know that is very hard. I struggle with that too! God bless you! I do believe this is just a bump in the road for you. 😇

  • Thank you and God bless!

  • Did John's Hopkins check DNA of each biopsy?

  • I will ask tomorrow. If they did, I don't remember it being discussed.

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    My husband has 3B lung cancer and I know what all of us going trough. God bless you!

  • Thank you and God bless you and your family. We can't lose hope. I just keep praying and trusting the Lord to carry me through this.

  • Hugs and prayers. So glad you have such a strong support system. It makes all the difference. I hope your meeting goes well. Please keep us informed. We care about you.

  • Thank you and God bless you.

  • My prayers are with you.

  • Thank you and God bless you.

  • Praying for you and sending positive thoughts ruthie!

  • You got it!

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