how long does it take

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RE: how long does take

by thebyrdsfriend on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:01 AM

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I guess if I was you, and still battling "sadness" I would also have a talk with the doctor now.  It doesn't have to be your oncologist, it could be your family doctor, but maybe you might benefit from an anti-depresent, or something to get you out of your "sadness", which is expected with our diagnoisis's.  But, sounds like it may be time to address the sadness and get rid of that.

Byrd

RE: how long does take

by miamutt on Fri Mar 22, 2013 03:15 PM

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yes it helps and thank you

i am at evanston hopsital kellogg cancer center, northshore university. it is a teaching hospital

found out stage IIIA  asked and waiting for answer what does A stand for

also adenomacarcinoma (sp) asked if fast growing or...

said could be, some not

k, pissing me off.. want to know about me not someone else, is mine?

he wants to talk to me in person but....i am impatient and i'll try to get my answer

ct with contrast of chest,  how come they don't do head with it. i understand that if the cancer spreads it usually spreads to the head.  true?

RE: how long does take

by miamutt on Fri Mar 22, 2013 03:18 PM

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thank you byrd!  i did and they prescribed an antidepressent but it could take up to 4wks to work

i don't get it, i am hoping in 4 weeks i won't need it but can take the ativan with it should i need it

RE: how long does take

by thebyrdsfriend on Fri Mar 22, 2013 04:47 PM

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On Mar 22, 2013 3:15 PM miamutt wrote:

yes it helps and thank you

i am at evanston hopsital kellogg cancer center, northshore university. it is a teaching hospital

found out stage IIIA  asked and waiting for answer what does A stand for

also adenomacarcinoma (sp) asked if fast growing or...

said could be, some not

k, pissing me off.. want to know about me not someone else, is mine?

he wants to talk to me in person but....i am impatient and i'll try to get my answer

ct with contrast of chest,  how come they don't do head with it. i understand that if the cancer spreads it usually spreads to the head.  true?

I never asked what the "A" or "B" meant.  I suppose I just guessed it meant just a sub-type stage, you know, A not being as severe as B.  That's all I thought it meant.

I don't know if they know if it is fast growing or not unless they watch and monitor you.  I could be wrong about that though.  You are asking some good questions.  The gene mutation may also determine whether it can be fast moving or not.  I do know they say BAC is a slow growing cancer.  But hell, who cares, any growing cancer is not okay with me.

So I'm thinking your oncologist should have told you all of this before you even started chemo or radiation.  Mine didn't tell me what type of mutation (KRAS) I had until I asked.  Once you find out your mutation, then you can google that one.  And, I'm not sure it always travels to the brain first.  I believe it may hit other organs first, and the last one it hits may be the brain.  Don't count that as a true fact either, but it's something you can pose to your oncologist too.  But I pretty much believe that is why they don't ct your head all the time.  They will see all of your organs with the ct scans.  If they find it there, that is when they'll do the head, whether it be a ct, pet, or mri that is probably when they'd do it.

I understand your impatience in wanting to know everything right now.  I was that way from the very beginning.  I found things out I probably didn't need to.  lol  Like I watched a real operation of a lobectomy.  ewe - it wasn't as bad as the little movie I watched.  I actually used to have my questions pretty detailed for my doctor because I did so much research.  Like I actually went in there and asked, "so what mutation on I, EGFR, ALK, KRAS, or one of those newer ones they just found in the past year?"  lol  So, my oncologist was impressed, and also believe knowledge is power.  I've got a good relationship with him, and I'm glad.

Boy, I sure can chat can't I?  You take care, you're doing fine, and you are going to make it through this!!!

Byrd

RE: how long does take

by miamutt on Fri Mar 22, 2013 05:05 PM

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hahahah, wow byrd! you are great and a wealth of information! i really appreaciate all the time you are taking responding to my posts. so again is say thank you!

i will be sure to write down everything to ask, i have a bad habit of "hiding" if i don't want to hear it, i block it out which is bad cuz then i go back and ask what

i am so glad i found this place :)

RE: how long does take

by thebyrdsfriend on Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:47 PM

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Well good, you have a nice week-end.

:)

Byrd

RE: how long does it take

by Beekind2 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 04:45 PM

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On Mar 21, 2013 3:36 PM miamutt wrote:

how long does it take for the chemicals from chemo and the effects of radiation to leave your body?

is this why i am so so so sad?  i wake up wanting to cry, this is so odd to me and i keep hearing "it's normal"

 

My husband who diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in May 2010, and recently passed away on March 2013 found that drinking alot of water after treatment greatly reduced the side effects from chemo/radiation therapy treatments. Hope you get better soon!

RE: how long does it take

by KimmieAnne on Thu Jun 06, 2013 07:51 PM

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Hello!

I am Kim and I have Stage IV nsclc.  I was diagnosed in 2003 and given 2-3 years to live.  I had two years of chemo, 6 months of radiation and have been on Tarceva 150 mg for 6 years.

I began taking an anti-depressant right after my diagnosis.  It really helped me.  I just quit taking the anti-depressants this past month.

The anit-depressants really saved me. 

 

RE: how long does it take

by miamutt on Thu Jun 06, 2013 07:56 PM

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thanks, i take mine at nite, not sure it's working

i get and have been getting more depressed during the day, have anti anxiety meds but i'm not anxious. wonder if i should take depression pillls during the day

RE: how long does it take

by KimmieAnne on Thu Jun 06, 2013 07:59 PM

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I always took mine at night because they helped me sleep (drowsiness was a side effect).

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