I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer back in late May when I went in for a CT to find out what was wrong with my back. Had surgery to remove two vertebrae (both were covered by tumor, one was fractured) first part of June. Had radiation at the surgical site. Through various CTs, MRIs and PET scan, located a tumor in my right lung and some cells in my left hip area. I was put on Iressa in July and so far so good -- a CT of the lung in Sept showed the tumor was gone. I go back in December for the whole gamut of tests all over again.
The only "side effect" of all of this has been a series of illnesses, ear infections and every cold that comes within a mile of me. Of course, every little thing becomes a big thing, have had an MRI of the brain because of the ear infection, and a trip to the ER last week for an EKG and chest x-ray because the cold went a little haywire. And I know this is just the beginning.
Hoping to meet some good people here, and to give and get some support through this journey. Thanks. Barb