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Good news - stage IIIb NSCLC Adeno

Hi

I just wanted to share some good news. My recent scans have come back all clear again! I had an MRI head and paid for a private PET scan for body.

I was originally diagnosed in 2014 , aged 43, and was told it was incurable, inoperable and terminal. Since then I have had four rounds of chemo (Cisplatin, Pemetrexed) followed by radical radiotherapy to chest and neck. I then amazingly became eligible for surgery and had a right upper lobectomy in summer 2015.

My scans were then all clear until November 2017 when a malignant node was found in my neck. I had a complete neck dissection followed by radiotherapy to the area. My scans have now been clear since finishing this treatment in March last year.

The only systemic treatment I have had is the original chemo in 2014 and my oncologist is hopeful that the recurrence in my neck may have always been there as it is in the original treatment field - this would still give me the hope that it wasn’t spread but just a node that didn’t get fully blasted the first time round.

I thought I would post to give newly diagnosed people some good news and hope. There are many more treatments coming available for people with lung cancer now as well so hopefully the survival rates will continue to improve.

With love and best wishes to you all

Janey xx

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Dear Janey

Thank you for sharing your encouraging story which will be so valuable for others to read. Hope you continue to feel well and defy all the odds.

All the very best

The Roy Castle Support Team

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Wonderful news JaneyH! Cheered me up!

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Fantastic news Jane x

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Fabulous news - love such positive posts long may it continue 👏👏💕

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Brilliant news, now go & enjoy life, x

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Great news. Wishing you all the best xx

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That’s great news! Thank you very much for sharing it, which as you say also gives hope to others. So very pleased for you. Love and best wishes x🌻

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Fantastic news. So encouraging I am so pleased for you. Although I have been clear since 2017 after having a right upper lobectomy I have thought about having a PET scan as I have not had a body scan since that date. Do you have a rough idea of cost and how to secure this? There is bound to be several avenues to achieve this with some better than others.

Kind regards

Susan

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Hi Susan

The PET scan that I have is an eye watering £1350. Having said that I think it is money well spent as it picked up my neck node which would have been missed on CT - and if I had waited another six months for the next scan it may not have been operable.

My oncologist is happy to refer me for PET scans as and when I want them. My routine scans on NHS would be MRI head and CT body every six months at the moment - so he refers for self funded PET instead of the CT if I ask.

You may need to travel a bit further as not every hospital will have a PET machine.

Wishing you continued good health

Janey xx

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It is really heartening to hear your story. There really is far more hope these days. I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, after an op, chemo and radiotherapy my scans have been clear so far. They then spotted 5 brain tumours last year which have all been treated via Cyberknife radio and so far these are all disappearing and there is no nasty activity going on. So far so good! Amazing treatments and plenty to hope for. The trick is catching it soon enough.

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Pleased to hear you are doing well. Wishing you many years of good scans and good health x

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Thanks for sharing Janey - your story gives so much hope and shows how much is changing in terms of diagnostics, early detection and treatment. As your experience demonstrates, earlier detection seems to be key to this. hope you've celebrated and are enjoying your life with renewed vigour... thanks again x

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Really good news, so happy for you getting clear scans. God bless xxx

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Fantastic news Janey. Really pleased for you

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Hi Janey

Great news for you and yours.

I had been thinking about you and not heard from awhile and now I know why!

Really pleased for you. Take the bull by the horns and steam ahead with all you wanted to do on this planet.

Should I need to I will take a leaf out of your book!

Best wishes

Hoggy x

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Lovely to hear from you - hope you are doing okay. Lots of love xx

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What a heroic path you're traveling! Thank you for sharing it to give those of us just beginning our journeys much hope. I had a right middle lobectomy for an adenocarcinoma just over two weeks ago. Now onc wants to pursue three nodules that remain; two in the right lung & one in the left. I'm scared of chemo yet think that's what they'll recommend. Your story inspires me to gather up all the strength I can to proceed with whatever awaits me. Thanks & all the best.

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Wishing you all the best with your appointment and future treatments - hope all goes well and glad that my story helped you in some way xx

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best wishes and happy news

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😀😀😀

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That is really good news Janey ,you must be feeling relieved wishing you well for the future and hopefully all those cancer cells are now on the run. Best wishes to you and yours Diane x

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Thanks very much Diane - yes was a big relief! Hope you are doing okay xx

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thats fantastic way to go im on tagrisso have neen for 4mths going well

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A really happy post. Great to hear this x

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