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About BridgetO

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    Lung cancer patient/survivor
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    Travel! Reading. Going to coffee shops. Sometimes arts and crafts- beadwork, collage, whatever.

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  1. Trying immunotherapy now

    Wow, Cindy, It's great to hear how the Opdivo is working for you!
  2. Supplement Survivors?

    I delayed responding to your interest in what supplements I'm taking, because I didn't want anybody to think Im recommending any supplement in particular, which I'm not. That being said, I'll go ahead and list them generally. Nothing too expensive or exotic in my list. A mineral and vitamin supplement. An antioxidant combination. Vitamin D3 DIM (This affects estrogen metablolism) Probiotics Fish oil Low dose aspirin ( I guess this isn't really a supplement) Glucosamine with chondroitin. This is for arthritis and it's really the only one that I'm pretty sure works, because if I don't take it for a couple of weeks, my knees hurt. This one was recommended by an MD. The rest were recommended by my naturopath who has also recommended various other things at specific times. I can't remember what they all were. The above is my maintenance regimen. Even though I do take them really regularly,, as I said in my previous post l'm not sure whether they help or not, but I'm a bit too superstitious to quit any of them, since I'm doing well. If I were to have a recurrence, I'd probably go back to the naturopath for other recommnedations. Again, I recommend consulting with someone who knows about this stuff and also running it by the treating MD or oncology pharmacist, especially if in treatment. Briddget O
  3. Squamous Cell

    Hi Mark, I thought it might be something like that. On this forum you'll find folks,includinng Tom G.who live well with one lung. Have they explored the possibilty of SBRT (precision radiaion) instead of surgery, or does the location rule that out? Keep us up to date and let us know how we can support you. Bridget O
  4. Learning about my father's cancer

    You're in a difficult spot, Linda. I don't have any great advice or much advice at all, actually. But I wante you to know I feel for you. I went through a lot with my mom, who lived at a distance (I had to fly there). She had metastatic breast cancer with ongoing chemo and also she broke her hip. She had some cognitive impariment, due, I think, from her chemo. She lived alone. She was not in agreement with what I thought was in her best interests. It was a difficult time for both of us. So I have some idea what you're going through. My only thought is that it's a good thing to maintain family relationships if you can, even when things are difficult and not going as you think they should. I wish peace for you and your family. Bridget O
  5. Need advice, experience, something!

    Seems to me you should be seeing your oncologist more regularly during treatment. Just my opinion. I agree with Virginia that a second opinion is a good idea if you're not sure your husband is getting the care he needs. This doesn't mean he has to fire his oncologist. He could stay with the oncologist until you get the second opinion and then decide what to do. During my treatment for another (non-lung) cancer, I sought a second opionion and then went back to my original oncologist and told her what the second opionion doctor recommended and told her that's what I wanted to do.She acknowledged the expertise of the second doctor and that the recommendation was reasonable. IShe agreed to it even though it wasn't what she recommended. I appreciated her flexibility. You shouldn't have to be concerned that oncologist number 1 will be upset by your husband going for a second opinion. It's a perfectly normal and usual thing to do. If he IS upset, then I wouldn't be comfortable with him and would change doctor's if possible. Hang in there and let us know what happens. Bridget O