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I was diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer 1/13/16. I had 10 sessions of radiation for cancer in my hips and 6 sessions of taxol/carbo. The hips are healing and the pain is minimal. CT scan showed the tumor on my lung and the tumor on my sternum had both shrunk. My oncologist was very happy with the progress.
I just had my 4th infusion of Opdivo. After the next session, I will have my 1st CT scan since starting the Opdivo.
No side effects from the Opdivo, but after my last treatment of the platinum base, I have developed peripheral neuropathy in my feet and taking gabapentin.
I have two questions:
Anybody else on Opdivo and if you are, how is it going?
Is there any other relief/cure for peripheral neuopathy besides gabapentin?
Recovery can sometimes depend on your age and overall health before surgery and other times there seems to be no logic in the recovery process. There will be some practical physical things to recover from but there can also be psycho social /emotional issues that follow a diagnosis and surgery as well. We can put you in touch with others who have been thru surgery recently if you want to chat with someone one on one just request it here www.lungevity.org/lifeline but there just isn't a one size fits all answer to this.
I know a stage 2b retirement age male who is a long distance cyclist and was out riding his bicycle 3 weeks after surgery. He also did chemotherapy and radiation- He continues to ride hundred of miles a week. I know a 25 year old "healthy" young lady who lost most of her lung (no other treatment besides surgery) and between physical and emotional issues, her recovery was several months long.
It may help to know the best case and worst case scenarios so you won't be surprised at how your body responds after surgery. And patience is definitely important. We tend to be really hard on ourselves.
Working from home might be doable if it isn't physically taxing but give yourself the time your body needs to heal.
Please keep us posted on you!
Hello RicKoehn. Welcome. I am sorry you have been diagnosed with the Lung Cancer but am so happy that it was done early Stage I and that your doctor has quickly set a plan of care. I like Tom was Stage 3B . I had to have chemo and radiation before it shrunk enough to do surgery. So I was still in recovery from that when I had surgery on top to also recover from. I had the surgery in the spring of 1998. I had to have chemo after surgery too so with all that it took a while to recover. I hope your recovery goes smoothly . I also agree with Tom though that you should follow the Doctors instructions. Be patient.
Even what I went through was worth it. Here I am over 18 years later talking to you ! What's 4-6 weeks compared to that ? Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Welcome here Rickoehn!
If there is any celebration possible with a lung cancer diagnosis it is a stage I discovery. I know there are stage I discoveries but I hear about so few that I can't begin to predict how long surgical recovery might be. What type of surgery is to be performed? Is your doctor including post surgical chemo in the 4 to 6 week recovery projection? Is post-surgical chemo even prescribed for stage I lung cancer (question to myself....)?
I was diagnosed stage IIIB and had pre-surgical radiation and chemo to shrink the tumor to allow the surgeon to completely remove my right lung. Even given the seriousness of that surgery, I was discharged to home 5 days after surgery and advised to avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks. I was on track to return to work until I caught an infection that landed me back in the hospital. So my plan with a complete pneumonectomy was return to work in 3 weeks.
Knowing what I know about lung cancer, I'd advise strict adherence to your doctor's suggestions. It is a nasty disease and your stage of discovery yields the best possible treatment outcome. But, it is still nasty!
Stay the course.