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by meatwrapper on Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:00 AM
by Chessie on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:00 AM
On 1/26/2009 meatwrapper wrote:Hi, I'm new at this. Don't know what I''m doing sometimes. My wonderful husband of 36 years was diagnosed two weeks ago with lung cancer. We are going through all these tests; big one tomorrow (Pet scan). Drs drained two liters of fluid from lung two weeks ago and found cancer cells in fluid.Oncologist said auto stage 4 when all that fluid is drained. This was our first meeting with her. The waiting and not knowing is unbearable, as I'm sure many of you know. I cry when I'm nnot around my hubby and smile and try to be upbeat around him. I guess what I need to hear is that there's a ray of hope for him. He's a fighter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. God Bless ......MW
First thing you have to remember is that there is always hope. I was diagnosed with stage 4 over 2 years ago and am still working full time and doing all the things I want.
Keep your faith. And never give up.
Keep us posted when you get the results. We can help you more when we know exactly what the diagnosis is.
by nevah on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:00 AM
by Jane_m_6 on Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:00 AM
There is hope. Keep the faith I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 1998. I had my entire right lung removed, chemo and radiation. In 2005 the cancer cam back in my ribs. Parts of three ribs were removed and I was placed on the targeted oral drug Tarceva. I just had a PET scan last week and am still clear. Since my treatments years have passed and new discoveries made. The initial weeks of diagnosis are the most difficult. Then treatment becomes a battle you can be a part of and it becomes a little better. Rally your friends and family around you. If you are part of a church involve them. If not talk to a hospital chaplain or seek out a friend's pastor. They will always make time to talk to you member or not. Blessings to you.
Jane Malmquist Washougal, Washington
by annb64 on Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:00 AM
Even though you are new at this, none of us is prepared when we first receive the news of lung cancer. It is a very scary diagnosis at the beginning. You really have to take one day at a time and value your time together. My spouse has been very supportive since my dx, but it scares the heck out of him. Be honest with one another and that can be a source of strength, even when you don't know what to expect. My spouse was carrying so much burden that he finally broke down at one of my dr's appts. He was trying not to let me see how much it was hurting him.
Good luck in this fight. I'm hoping your spouse isn't in much pain and is receiving excellent medical care.
When you have the treatment plan in front of you, talk to the pharmacist or call the dr's office with any questions. They have the experience with these drugs and can best answer your concerns. Or post questions here, I have received wonderful information from this site.
by bobbie44 on Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:00 AM
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