Susan Cornett

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  1. I'm on a 90 day scan cycle. Super Doc says when I go 2 years without a recurrence, he'll move me to the 6 month cycle.
  2. Kaly, I'm sorry that your brother's results were not what you had hoped. I pray that his oncologist can suggest additional treatment options.
  3. Thinking about your daughter and you, and praying for only the very best results.
  4. A treatment plan gives peace and a place to focus, at least in my mind. Good luck as you start your treatment!
  5. Hi, Raymond. I'm glad you found us - we're great listeners because we've all been in your shoes. Based on your post, it sounds like there is a lot of uncertainty with a treatment plan. Do you have a new oncologist and surgeon or are you still using those that were unclear as to how to proceed? Has your surgeon indicated if you'll have the VATS (robotic) surgery or the traditional surgery? Both are effective but VATS is less invasive than the traditional surgery. Any questions we can answer for you? There is a wealth of knowledge here, especially from the "old-timers".
  6. Good morning, Dawn. Quite a few of us were similar to your dad - no real symptoms or symptoms that didn't seem respiratory in nature and then all of a sudden, we're sitting here with advanced lung cancer. Do you know if your dad's tumor was tested for any genetic markers/mutations? There are some great targeted therapies available based on those results. As for your other question, no, we really don't have any idea how long he can live with his cancer. The oncologist, if asked, will give you the 5 year survival stats that are very discouraging for late stage patients. Here's my opinion about stats: ignore them. They're usually based on patients diagnosed 5 years ago and don't take into account your dad's overall health. The stats also don't reflect the new treatments made available to lung cancer patients in the last 3 years. They also don't reflect if people dropped out of treatment or chose not to pursue treatment. There are several individuals on this forum who, statistically, should have died years ago but they're still here. I know this is overwhelming for you, your dad, and your family. But if I can give you one piece of advice, it's this: find a reason to smile and celebrate each day, even those crummy chemo days. None of us know when our last day is, and it would be a shame to spend each day worrying if it was the last day. I did that last summer. Wasn't worth my energy. We're here for you.
  7. JustMe, Good morning. I'm sorry about your husband's diagnosis. Lung cancer stinks. I was diagnosed in February 2016 following removal of my left upper lobe. I'm currently in treatment for a recurrence. I tell you this because, although I'm an amateur compared to others, it is possible to move forward. I spent a good deal of time last summer in tears and mentally giving away my belongings. I couldn't imagine that things would get better, but they did. There are so many 10+ year late stage (III or IV) cancer survivors on this site. There is hope. We have more treatment options today than just three years ago. I truly believe this diagnosis is as hard on the loved ones as it is on the patient. Please know that we're all here for you, your husband, and your family. Ask us anything.
  8. Good morning. I'm not a doctor, but I agree with your husband that a second opinion is warranted. If, God forbid, it is cancer, it's important that you get an oncologist and a plan to move forward. A second opinion will hopefully include a biopsy to determine what you're dealing with. I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.
  9. Hi, Nichole. I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing.
  10. Mally, This is WONDERFUL news!! I hope you danced your way through the rest of the day.
  11. We went through something similar when my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer. My mom eventually wore her down and went with her to all of her appointments and scans. Your mom may be embarrassed (but she needn't be) but she may also be overwhelmed with all of the new information, terms, appointments that are coming her way. It's a lot to take. We're here for you and her. Let us know how we can help.
  12. Mally, Fingers and toes crossed for NED results for you tomorrow!
  13. You mentioned that your mom doesn't want anyone to go with her to the appointments. Does she take a notebook so that she can record what the doctors tell her? They throw so much information at the patients. I generally take my husband or mom and a notebook. With chemo brain in effect, I can't remember from one day to the next!
  14. Julie, You might also check out www.chemocare.com. It has information about side effects and mitigating those side effects based on the chemo drugs. I've had both of the drugs you'll have but in different combinations (cisplatin/pemetrexed and carboplatin/taxol). Good luck to you!
  15. Vicky, Hang in there and keep us posted.