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I am curious for all of you that have non small cell adenocarcinoma stage 2A... Seems many sites I go to. There aren't many with stage 2A like myself..I had surgery last year to have a.lung resection done with a couple lymph.nodes positive so I had chemo following the durgery.Approximately 7 months later they found some lymph nodes in mid chest positive. They think.it was there.before but to small to see on a scan.. 30 radiation treatments and chemo completed in May..pet scan in July...no cancer detected....exhale.. My question is to all of you scan the same adenocarcinoma stage 2A..what treatments have you had ? Was it successful? Any local recurrence? Future treatments? Or periodically having scans every three months like me?? Just trying to connect and see how others in my situation and Stage are doing?? Much appreciated.. Thank you Merilee
I've been exactly where you are. Lung cancer is persistent and like you I did not expect a reoccurrence. Indeed, I had 4 recurrences following treatment that produced no evidence of disease or NED. It took a total of 5 distinct treatments to finally achieve a long period of NED and these were administered over the course of 3 years.
Perhaps you are interested in learning how frequent lung cancer recurs. A recent National Cancer Institute study suggested about 33% of stage 1A and 1B experience a recurrence; 66% of state IIA, IIB or IIIA have a recurrence; and stage IIIB and IV have about a 33% recurrence rate. But this late stage percentage is skewed because of the competing risk of mortality. Here is the article in case you want the details. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/107/6/djv059.full.pdf+html So where does that leave you?
You've got to reclaim your mojo, put your game face on, and move out to battle the beast. Do you have squamous cell or adenocarcinoma NSCLC? There are emerging targeted therapies for people with certain forms of adenocarcinoma. If your tumor was biopsied, them perhaps your tumor was tested to see if it would respond to targeted therapy. Here is a concise explanation of targeted therapy: https://www.lungevity.org/about-lung-cancer/lung-cancer-101/treatment-options/targeted-therapy
If you have squamous cell, there are new immunotherapy treatment methods that are very effective against recurrent disease. Here is information on immunotherapy: https://www.lungevity.org/about-lung-cancer/lung-cancer-101/treatment-options/immunotherapy
I'm not knowledgable about the Irish Medical System, but in the US tumor samples are preserved so it is often possible to have a new pathological exam of your previously biopsied tumor to see if your cancer will respond to targeted therapy or immunotherapy.
Bottom line Mary, if I can live more than 12 years after my stage IIIB NSC Squamous Cell Lung Cancer diagnosis, so can you.
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Stay the course.
hi i was 18th months after treatment for stage 3b nsclc and doing great all chest xrays and scans going really great, until a scan last month just before my 50th birthday showed recurrent cancer in my right lung this time a lymph node in my neck and lower pelvic area feeling really scared and down. I had just started to put all this behind me and get on with my life now my world is turned upside down again really have lost my mojo.If anyone out there has been through a similar situation and would like to chat that would be great.