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Cancer: Lung Message Board

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I think what you said earlier "hope for the best, prepare for the worst" is good approach. Having said that, I wouldn't assume the worst. Docs may do that because they would prefer to errr on the side of caution.

I'm sorry I cannot answer all your questions, but in regards to question #1 my wife was coughing up a little blood in her sputum but was told by our family doctor that it was because of the pnuemonia she was supposedly recovering from. She also had some back pain, which niether us would have ever linked to lung cancer. Lastly she was losing weight which our family doctor also had wrong, saying his blood work showed a hyper-thyroid ....which it was not. Finally we discovered she had a colapsed lung at an office visit which led to a ct scan which revealed a large obstructive tumor.

To answer you other question, she has made slow but steady progress since her first cycle of chemo in early Sept. Since she has had 6 cycles of Carboplatin/Gemcitabine and the obstructive tumor has atleast a 50% reduction. We will hopefully learn more on the 3rd of Jan. Other than that we have learned to take things one day at a time (for the most part).

When we were in the hospital not certian exactly wether or not the mass was cancer or not, our minds were racing a million miles per hour. Then I told my wife "[I]it is what it is[/I]". ...and somehow, that helped prepare us to accept whatever results we might get. I hope you are able to prepare for the worst without assuming the worst. I hope and pray to see a post from you saying "Its NOT cancer!".

take care, conan

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