A diagnosis of stage 3 lung cancer
turns life upside down. So many questions. So many emotions. So many fears. How are you coping with your stage 3 diagnosis? What has been hardest? What has helped the most? Has something or someone in particular helped you cope? Please share your feelings and/or find comfort in hearing the stories of others who have also had to cope with a diagnosis of stage 3 lung cancer. Share Your Feelings
One day at a time
- Just diagnosed with lung cancer, really confused and scared. However, I have accepted the fact, its going to be a challenge, realised only God can help me. Going to deal with it one day at a time, with Gods Grace.
- —Guest ALEX. S.A.
I WANTED TO LIVE & NEVE GAVE UP FIGHTING
- Pray to the almighty Jesus Christ your Lord and savior. I had stage 3 lung cancer in 2005, had my entire left lung removed and then went through Chemo all within 7 months. Mine was called Squamous and it was going into my heart. Had no symptoms at all. The doctors thought that was weird. Once your diagnosed, do the treatments asap and don't give it a chance to spread. God can heal any disease. Hope someone dealing with this can find some inspiration in my story.
- —Guest greatful
Stage 3B Adenocarcinoma - 39days
- Hello all,
I'm overseeing care for my loved one, newly diagnosed w/stage 3B Adenocarcinoma lung cancer. I want to know if anyone out there has had a 39 day Chemo/radiation schedule. Dr hasn't told us much. What does a 39 day Chem/rads do to a person? I really hope someone can answer this!! Don't have any idea what to expect. Do you lose hair ASAP? How bad is nausea? Patient is healthy otherwise at 50. It spread to lymph nodes on same side as tumor. Does anyone think clinical trials are worthwhile? Don't see how, or else we'd all know about them.
Any info on 39 day Chemo/rads is APPRECIATED. Dr didn't give info found online re life expectancy. Very scary. Patient lives in a house where ppl smoke indoors, payment doesn't believe this hinders treatment (I realize it WILL). Comments from anyone having knowledge on 39 day treatment described, very much appreciated!!! Please comment, NEED TO KNOW what DR'S aren't telling us (HMO).
God bless each of you, today and always!!! Editor's note: This page from the National Cancer Institute discusses concurrent chemo and rad for stage 3B lung cancer http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/healthprofessional/page10. The National Cancer Institute also recommends that everyone with stage 3B or stage 4 lung cancer should look into the possibility of clinical trials. There is a link on this page to clinical trials being done for stage 3B lung cancer. Several of the lung cancer organizations have also put together a matching service to help people find clinical trials for lung cancer at this address: http://www.emergingmed.com/networks/NationalLungCancerPartnership/
- Hope is all we have my mom is fighting stage 3a lung cancer now. She is a warrior. Tomorrow we go for the checkup. Hopefully good news. She is done fighting and has made us aware that she will not go through chemo again. I respect her decision because it nearly killed her last round. Hoping for the best tomorrow.
- —Guest Shannon
- My 69yr old mother had a bronchoscopy today to ck for lung cancer. We won't know the results until Monday. She has already had a PET scan which shows a spot on the mediastinal
lymph node (the dr didn't mention doing a bx on that area). The not knowing is the hardest part especially for my mother Editor's note: Will pray for good results. It's certainly true that uncertainty is often the hardest part.
- —Guest Mixed emotions
One day at a time adds up to a lifetime
- I was diagnosed with stage 3a lung cancer in July 2010. My first round of chemo, (2 months worth), didn't work. I started again with Dr Pass at NYU and he threw the kitchen sink at me. New chemo and a month of radiation after discovering I had malignancy in three lymph nodes. I had surgery afterwards which removed my right bottom lobe in December of 2010. I had post adjuvant chemo (yes we learn all the medical terms don't we)....today I live a normal life. I take Tarceva daily and aside of being short winded and dealing with the meds side effects like some acne and diareah, life is otherwise more normal than I can ask for. God has been good and I enjoy life to the fullest...Bring on tomorrow....don't let negativity bring you down...find the laughter in the journey...or at least learn from the ride....be well!
- —Guest Vinnie
- I am just so overwhelmed. It is my mother. She had always been healthy til this year.
- —Guest Jodie
- My father, 63, is undergoing treatment now; radiation 5x per week and chemo 1x per week (stage 3, a or b not sure). Small side efffects include radiation (?) cause pimples on skin and hair is starting to come out (4th chemo treatment showd marked increase in hair loss). Still golfing with me 2x a week, and living active. Stopped smoking 15 years ago.
- —Guest bummer
- I am so thankful for everyone who posted their messages; my Mom just got diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and all research seemed to provide such dismal data. Your messages have given some hope; thank you; Blessings to all of you
- —Guest Louise
Male 43 years old
- I have non small cell lung cancer stage 3B. The only treatment I have from medical is radiation The rest is on my own. Now 4 years later my cancer is no where to be found. I like to pass on my knowledge But I don't know how. Editor's note: Thank you for sharing your story here where I'm sure it will give others with stage 3b lung cancer hope. Bless you. There are also chat rooms (such as one at LUNGevity.com under support community message board) where you can share your story so that others can hear and be encouraged.
- —Guest Thuan
You too can do it.
- I was diagnosed with stage 3 non small cell lung cancer in September 2009. That same month I had 2/3rds of my right lung removed, and had chemo treatments. Now I work out 6 days a week walking at least 3 miles a day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I work out a full three hours in pulmonary maintence on a variety of machines. I'm 61 years old and have no doubt I'll be around for a long, long time.
- —Guest Tom
Closing in on 10 years
- I was diagnosed with stage 3B in August of 2002 from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam in 1969/1970, had chemotherapy through clinical trail in October followed by a total left pneumonectomy in November. Today I live a full life in every way limited only by some shortness of breath and a constant awareness aimed at avoiding any respiratory illness. I am an active member of a cancer survivor support group composed of long term survivors and others under active treatment. A strong common characteristic of the long termers is a never wavering belief from the day of diagnosis that we would survive, a feeling that we had lived a full life, and a strong sense of humor that never allowed us to give in to fear. The last helps people around us to deal with our disease process when they see how we refuse to give in to it and and to our intense appreciation for the joy and beauty of each day given to us. The group is a part of the Freedom to Breathe national organization.
- —Guest Marvin
Dont Give Up
- My father was diagnised with stage 3 lung cancer and survived for more than 5 years .He even continued his service for first 3 years when he was taking chemo and radiation.basically what i want to tell all of you is be my fathers mental strength has helpded him survive for so long.Never believe when doctor says few months/years.Go to the right doctor believe in god and try to spend quality time with family and finally have faith you will overcome tough times and be brave.I sincerely pray to god that i hear some more success stories here in the same forum.
- —Guest sri
I am alive thank God for that !
- I have been diagnosed with stage 3a lung cancer and not much has changed in my every day life so far. I will be 60 in April and I have conducted my entire adult life with the expectation of living to the ripe old age of 120. This diagnoses has my full attention but my expectations have changed very little. I plan to live and if it is only for a short time then so be it. Sadness only encompasses me when I think about my daughter who is 13 and my wife who has not had to work over our 23 year marriage.I am worried about my family and I must live for them.The human mind is so strong we go on with most activities as though nothing has changed.When I stub my toe in the morning I still holler OW! I do not say thank God I am still here to stub my toe.I have told almost everyone I know about my condition and their support has been overwhelming. That support is going to be an important tool in my battle to come This may sound funny but I am really excited about life.Let's talk it can only help. Editors note: Thank you so much for sharing and I am wishing you only the best. Yes, having a good support system is an enormous help in coping with cancer. It sounds like you (as I have in my own journey with cancer) have found how wonderful life is when we take the time to be vulnerable and share with a support system of loved ones and friends.
- —Guest Anthony Tunnell
stage3a lung cancer
- I just found out my brother has stage 3a lung cancer on left lung and the tumor is pushing on his bronchial. they are talking about removing lung if radiation/chemo doesnt work. I'm scared. Hes over age 65 and i dont want to loose him. I love him.
- —Guest joni