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  1. We are spending gobs of money on COVID research. The pandemic death toll in the US just passed 400,000 souls and that is bad. Or is it? Saying something is bad begs a point of comparison: as in bad compared to what? Let's say deaths from lung cancer. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 152,977 perished from lung cancer in FY 2020. Well that is certainty less than COVID deaths but COVID has been killing for only 1 year. Lung cancer has been killing forever. Hopefully a COVID vaccine will take hold and arrest the death rate. I wonder what arrests the lung cancer death rate.
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  2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14.7 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been given in the U.S. so far. There are still many questions surrounding the vaccine, especially for those with lung cancer. Will the vaccine interfere with cancer treatment? Does the vaccine provide complete protection? Should caregivers receive the vaccine? We answer these questions and more in our latest blog. https://bit.ly/35V735W
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  3. Kmc, Welcome here. Life, it seems, is about making touch choices. There is that crossover point in medical treatment where the cure is worse than the malady. Unfortunately, that point is most prevalent in cancer treatment. My wife and I faced a time in 4th line treatment where we had slim odds of success. I'd had a total of 18 infusions of chemotherapy in nearly 3 years of treatment and a still tumor persisted. This was well before modern treatment methods of targeted therapy and immunotherapy, and another round of Taxol and Carboplatin for us had very high probability of yieldi
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  4. LexieCat

    Introduction: Rob B.

    I quit smoking in favor of vaping a year before my first lung cancer diagnosis three and a half years ago. I continued to vape--my oncologists still considered me a non-smoker--and it was the ONLY thing that kept me safely away from smoking. I can't stomach the gum/lozenges and the patches never worked for me. I have read a couple of articles speculating (nothing proven) that nicotine, while not a carcinogen, MIGHT encourage faster tumor growth. I decided I didn't want to take any chances (I'm now Stage IV), so I'm still vaping, but I switched to 0 percent nicotine. I tapered down over th
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  5. Sillycat1957

    COVID Vaccine anyone

    Yeah, I guess it's just fear of the unknown. I will go with what my Doctors recommend. If I have a reaction, I hope it is not a bad one, If I don't I'll be very happy 😊 thanks everyone, for your valuable inputs, I'm just in no rush to get it Lol 😂
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  6. LSR

    LSR

    Hi Lou, I just want to let you know that the article finally published. You can find it here: https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/features/how-i-found-community Thanks again so much for letting me use your name, your experiences and your wisdom. Wishing you all the best, Linda
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  7. LSR

    LSR

    Hi Tom, Here you go. I haven't looked at the published version, so I don't know what got cut or changed, but I think it's probably pretty intact because the editor loved what everyone had to say. https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/features/how-i-found-community Thanks again so much for being willing to share your time, experiences, and wisdom. Wishing you nothing but the best, Linda
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  8. GaryG

    Introduction: Rob B.

    Babs: I admire your resilience and I congratulate you for quitting. It is not easy but it can be done. I went through many phases of fighting cigarettes. I smoked for 10 years and I tried to quit every day without succeeding. Finally I decided to be truthful with myself and admit that I was addicted . Only there and then I understood that I was a slave to nicotine and a prey to tar. I started on Nicorette Gum. At the beginning I chewed the gum till I had sores in my mouth. But little by little I reduced the chewing till I quit completely. 40 years later, I still feel sorry for inflicting smo
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  9. Helo Kmc and welcome here. I'm sorry to hear about yoor mother's cancers and the tough decision she is facing. My mother died from metastatic breast cancer. She opted to discontinue her chemo, It was causing a rare form of neuropathy that affected motor rather than sensory nerves. She became progressively physically disabled and lost all mobility. When she began to lose the use of her hands, she decide to discontinue treatment and I supported the decsion. These are really hard choices. It's a blessing that your mom can stay at home and has family caregivers. Let us know how we can support
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  10. Welcome to our site. As usual there is not much that can be added to Tom's post except wishing you well. When/If you have questions about Hospice please do not hesitate to ask because some of us have first line experience. They are Godsend for both patient and family. Again I wish you the best.
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  11. Welcome. Sounds like you have a good plan to support your mother. I'm glad you found this site, even if it is late in the game. If you have any questions ask away. If not we are pretty good at listening as well. Peace Tom
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