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Tom Galli

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    Lung cancer patient/survivor
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    Author of Scanziety, an ebook published on Amazon. Treatment history https://sites.google.com/a/redtoenail.org/chronicles-demo/home/tom-galli

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  1. Sepsis, UTI, confusion

    I've never heard of dead tumor becoming infected. Nevertheless, I hope it resolves quickly. Stay the course. Tom
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    Linda, I wish you weren't joining us and rather enjoying your time in "Big Sky" country. But, I'm glad you did because even though your are Stage IV, radiation is now being used to address multiple tumors in both lungs with curative intent. One of our members wrote a blog about her experience. Here is the link. Here (select the words "What are the different types of external beam radiation therapies (EBRTs?") is more information about radiation including SBRT. This important news because SBRT radiation is as effective as surgery in dealing with tumors. I'm fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively in Montana. An Army Corps of Engineer officer in my younger days, my duties took me throughout the state. One downside of living in some of the most scenic beauty in the world is Montana's remoteness and consequently difficulty in finding sophisticated treatment centers that may offer the latest in radiation treatments. But, ask your medical oncologist for a referral to a radiation oncologist. The latter will know about SBRT and will know where it is available. If you are a good candidate for SBRT, I suggest you take that course. Waiting for results, I call it Scanziety -- those who spell better call it Scanxiety -- but the symptoms are the same. I am wedded to the spelling because I wrote a book about it! Nearing 14 years of surviving late stage lung cancer, one would think I'd have a little bit less of it. Not so, I still see my oncologist twice a year and sweat-out waiting for scan results just like everyone else. I suggest you put your waiting time to good use by reading about your disease. Knowledge is power and as lung cancer survivors, knowledge allows us to ask the "terribly preceptive question" to doctors. My wife's question about a form of SBRT she read about likely saved my life! Here is a good place to start your reading. Here is an essay I wrote many years ago that may be helpful. Come February 4th, Lord willing, my wife and I will collectively paint 14 toenails red, one for each year of living past diagnosis. There is a story behind the toenail painting but for now your take-away is I've lived nearly 14 years and if I can live, so can you. Welcome here Linda! Stay the course. Tom