Lung Cancer Radiation Damage to Esophagus

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Lung Cancer Radiation Damage to Esophagus

by Lucyelm on Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:00 AM

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My husband has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer that has already spread to his bones. He has had terrible pain due to the cancer eating through a rib into the chest wall, so the rib is broken. He is already on morphine patches as well as oxycodone for breakthrough pain. He has been getting radiation for about 8 days now, and is having difficulty eating and swallowing...even water has to be taken in tiny sips. Apparently the radiation is being done to ease his pain, but surely the bone won't heal? And will the esophagus heal? Or is he facing further problems with that? He seems to think the bone will heal, but I don't think so. I'm finding it difficult to be hopeful for a remission since it is already so widespread. And then he is due to have chemo...and I'm wondering if that will merely make him feel worse. He is preparing for my future, getting wills done and lining up someone to help me after he's gone, so he does know there will be no cure. I just am worried about putting him through more discomfort and more problems.

Lung Cancer Radiation Damage to The Esophagus

by Myrtle on Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:00 AM

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Lucyelm, I had severe pain for the first several months after I was diagnosed and also suffered the damaged esophagus from radiation. I did end up in the hospital with dehydration because I could not swallow. In my case, the radiation did eventually shrink the tumors enough so that I have now have no pain and I have no other effect from the radiation except a tenderness to touch in my sternum area. I was able to get through the course of chemo as well. I was diagnosed one year ago today with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer and am doing well. I hope that your husband is able to continue to fight. Best of luck to you. Myrtle

Damage to Esophagus W/radiation

by Lucyelm on Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hello Myrtle...thank you. Just knowing that the pain to the esophagus will ease is so very helpful. He has one more week of radiation to come, and the doctor did tell us today that it would get worse, so knowing that eventually it will get better means a lot. The radiation is starting to ease his pain somewhat, so that is a good thing, too. I wish you well and hope for continued good health for you, too. Once his radiation is finished, he too, will be having chemo.

Inoperable Lung Cancer

by Richard_b_9 on Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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I was diagnosed with StageIV Lung Cancer almost 4 years ago. I was given about a 5% chance of survival beyond 1 year. I went through Radiation with all the burning and inflammation, Chemo at the same time and got better fairly fast. I now take a daily IRESSA tablet and my recent CAT Scans show nothing new, scar tissue, but nothing new. The cancer had spread to my spine and ribs. BOTTOM LINE: NEVER, EVER, give up hope or the will to beat it. Modern medicine and belief in the ALMIGHTY can work wonders. Sincerely, RB Scott

go Rb!

by Ellen_m_3 on Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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You are an inspiration! I was diagnosed stage 4 also, almost 2 yrs ago now. I am doing really well on Gemcitabine. You never know, do you? I agree, just keep being positive and going forward! Keep it up, Ellen

Lung Cancer Diagnosis.

by Lucyelm on Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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Thank you for the encouraging message, RB....and yes, belief in His Power is everything! Blessings to you and stay well!

Suvivor

by Ernie_2 on Sun Jul 09, 2006 12:00 AM

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I was diagnosed Stage IV NSCLC in August 2005 with a pleura effusion of the right lung. I was told that that there was no cure, that it was inoperable, and radiation could not be used. I have been cancer free since November. You can read my story posted on Lance Armstrong’s web site type or pastes this address in your browser: http://shareyourstory.livestrong.org Click on FIND A STORY at the left of screen; enter HAROLD in the first name box and NAPLES in the city box. Then click on submit. Click on the last name in read next to HAROLD. If you would like more info let me know. After you read my story you will be able to e-mail me. Ernie (Harold)

Survivor Story

by Lucyelm on Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the link to your story of survival....you give us hope that things can improve! We are Christians and also believe that God has the power to heal. We are in His hands and trust His will be done. Thank you!

For Richard b

by Angelica on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:00 AM

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Richard B, I'm really pleased to hear about your good health. If I may ask, can you say when you noticed spread to bones? Can you give a little more info on how you were treated? Why are you on Iressa and not Tarceva? Thanks for answering any/all questions. Congrats to you as well! Angelica

Lucy

by Angelica on Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:00 AM

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Lucyelm, How is your husband? Is he feeling better? I hope so. Angelica
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