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    Donna G got a reaction from Roz in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Danielle I believe nursing was my call in life from when I was a small child.  After I got back to work I was in what they call the 
    "Float Pool" .  When I got to work they would tell me where they needed me that day.  One day I was told I was to go to ICU ( Intensive care unit) 
    There they told me I had a second patient coming shortly from surgery that just had a lobectomy for lung cancer .  She arrived and as she got more alert
    we sure started talking.  She attended my church.  I shared I really knew what she was going through.  The talk continued.  We ran into each other  I told her about 
    our local support group..  Later we became good friends. My friend was diagnosed again 5 yrs later with a different NSCLC.  Then 5 yrs ago would you believe a third 
    NSCLC  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     She has survived 3 times  !!!!!!!!!!!    Would you also believe she asked me to go for lunch today to celebrate my birthday !
    She is not the only person assigned to me over the years.  In some ways it was a blessing to my nursing career to be to have had that experience.
    take care,   Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Roz in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Hello DFK.  I never was treated with Durvalumab .  I am  a retired RN.  I worked at Slidell Memorial years ago .  My husband was in the Navy.
    My husband moved me 17 times. 
    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 B Lung Cancer in December 1997. I had Chemo 's  , Radiation, later surgery then more chemo. I was 50 years old then.
    I worked as an RN until I was 67 years old.
    Tomorrow is  my Birthday, and I will be  ------------- 72  !!!
    Hope you respond well to this chemo.  Keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Danielle I believe nursing was my call in life from when I was a small child.  After I got back to work I was in what they call the 
    "Float Pool" .  When I got to work they would tell me where they needed me that day.  One day I was told I was to go to ICU ( Intensive care unit) 
    There they told me I had a second patient coming shortly from surgery that just had a lobectomy for lung cancer .  She arrived and as she got more alert
    we sure started talking.  She attended my church.  I shared I really knew what she was going through.  The talk continued.  We ran into each other  I told her about 
    our local support group..  Later we became good friends. My friend was diagnosed again 5 yrs later with a different NSCLC.  Then 5 yrs ago would you believe a third 
    NSCLC  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     She has survived 3 times  !!!!!!!!!!!    Would you also believe she asked me to go for lunch today to celebrate my birthday !
    She is not the only person assigned to me over the years.  In some ways it was a blessing to my nursing career to be to have had that experience.
    take care,   Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Isabelle49 in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Danielle I believe nursing was my call in life from when I was a small child.  After I got back to work I was in what they call the 
    "Float Pool" .  When I got to work they would tell me where they needed me that day.  One day I was told I was to go to ICU ( Intensive care unit) 
    There they told me I had a second patient coming shortly from surgery that just had a lobectomy for lung cancer .  She arrived and as she got more alert
    we sure started talking.  She attended my church.  I shared I really knew what she was going through.  The talk continued.  We ran into each other  I told her about 
    our local support group..  Later we became good friends. My friend was diagnosed again 5 yrs later with a different NSCLC.  Then 5 yrs ago would you believe a third 
    NSCLC  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     She has survived 3 times  !!!!!!!!!!!    Would you also believe she asked me to go for lunch today to celebrate my birthday !
    She is not the only person assigned to me over the years.  In some ways it was a blessing to my nursing career to be to have had that experience.
    take care,   Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Introducing...   
    Hello Marybelle.  I have had lung cancer, my husband did,  I am a nurse and cared for people with lung cancer but----
    that's new to me.  I googled it and sure enough it can be a primary tumor in the lung.  Also the sites said it is very rare.
    I am so glad you are going to Rochester, MN.  There are great Doctors there.  Are you going to a Mayo Clinic affiliate ?  They have 
    a great hospital and do great research.  Let us know how it goes with your husband.  
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from PaulaC in Caring for mum with LC met to brain   
    Wookey  welcome to our group.  I was confused when I started reading your post.  
    In the USA we refer to sclc as an abbreviation of small cell lung cancer, that is not operable.  
    Later you talk of squamous cell  soooo----  she really has NSCLC  ( non small cell lung cancer) 
    If she had it removed from her lung , are they not able to remove the brain tumor or at least treat it 
    with radiation or something. That would really improve her prognosis.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Caring for mum with LC met to brain   
    Wookey  welcome to our group.  I was confused when I started reading your post.  
    In the USA we refer to sclc as an abbreviation of small cell lung cancer, that is not operable.  
    Later you talk of squamous cell  soooo----  she really has NSCLC  ( non small cell lung cancer) 
    If she had it removed from her lung , are they not able to remove the brain tumor or at least treat it 
    with radiation or something. That would really improve her prognosis.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Barb1260 in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Danielle I believe nursing was my call in life from when I was a small child.  After I got back to work I was in what they call the 
    "Float Pool" .  When I got to work they would tell me where they needed me that day.  One day I was told I was to go to ICU ( Intensive care unit) 
    There they told me I had a second patient coming shortly from surgery that just had a lobectomy for lung cancer .  She arrived and as she got more alert
    we sure started talking.  She attended my church.  I shared I really knew what she was going through.  The talk continued.  We ran into each other  I told her about 
    our local support group..  Later we became good friends. My friend was diagnosed again 5 yrs later with a different NSCLC.  Then 5 yrs ago would you believe a third 
    NSCLC  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     She has survived 3 times  !!!!!!!!!!!    Would you also believe she asked me to go for lunch today to celebrate my birthday !
    She is not the only person assigned to me over the years.  In some ways it was a blessing to my nursing career to be to have had that experience.
    take care,   Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from hope16 in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Hello DFK.  I never was treated with Durvalumab .  I am  a retired RN.  I worked at Slidell Memorial years ago .  My husband was in the Navy.
    My husband moved me 17 times. 
    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 B Lung Cancer in December 1997. I had Chemo 's  , Radiation, later surgery then more chemo. I was 50 years old then.
    I worked as an RN until I was 67 years old.
    Tomorrow is  my Birthday, and I will be  ------------- 72  !!!
    Hope you respond well to this chemo.  Keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from PaulaC in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Danielle I believe nursing was my call in life from when I was a small child.  After I got back to work I was in what they call the 
    "Float Pool" .  When I got to work they would tell me where they needed me that day.  One day I was told I was to go to ICU ( Intensive care unit) 
    There they told me I had a second patient coming shortly from surgery that just had a lobectomy for lung cancer .  She arrived and as she got more alert
    we sure started talking.  She attended my church.  I shared I really knew what she was going through.  The talk continued.  We ran into each other  I told her about 
    our local support group..  Later we became good friends. My friend was diagnosed again 5 yrs later with a different NSCLC.  Then 5 yrs ago would you believe a third 
    NSCLC  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     She has survived 3 times  !!!!!!!!!!!    Would you also believe she asked me to go for lunch today to celebrate my birthday !
    She is not the only person assigned to me over the years.  In some ways it was a blessing to my nursing career to be to have had that experience.
    take care,   Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Opal in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Hello DFK.  I never was treated with Durvalumab .  I am  a retired RN.  I worked at Slidell Memorial years ago .  My husband was in the Navy.
    My husband moved me 17 times. 
    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 B Lung Cancer in December 1997. I had Chemo 's  , Radiation, later surgery then more chemo. I was 50 years old then.
    I worked as an RN until I was 67 years old.
    Tomorrow is  my Birthday, and I will be  ------------- 72  !!!
    Hope you respond well to this chemo.  Keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Robert Macaulay in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Hello DFK.  I never was treated with Durvalumab .  I am  a retired RN.  I worked at Slidell Memorial years ago .  My husband was in the Navy.
    My husband moved me 17 times. 
    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 B Lung Cancer in December 1997. I had Chemo 's  , Radiation, later surgery then more chemo. I was 50 years old then.
    I worked as an RN until I was 67 years old.
    Tomorrow is  my Birthday, and I will be  ------------- 72  !!!
    Hope you respond well to this chemo.  Keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Valuable patient experiences and support with Durvalumab Forum   
    Hello DFK.  I never was treated with Durvalumab .  I am  a retired RN.  I worked at Slidell Memorial years ago .  My husband was in the Navy.
    My husband moved me 17 times. 
    I was diagnosed with Stage 3 B Lung Cancer in December 1997. I had Chemo 's  , Radiation, later surgery then more chemo. I was 50 years old then.
    I worked as an RN until I was 67 years old.
    Tomorrow is  my Birthday, and I will be  ------------- 72  !!!
    Hope you respond well to this chemo.  Keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from judyb75 in HI just joined today and just diagnosed July 2,2019   
    Hi Judy,  Welcome.  I did not have SCLC but from local lung cancer support group and also here I know  many  with that diagnosis. 
    I also know several who have survived of 15 years after getting treatments,  Praying you also respond well . Keep us posted on 
    how you are doing.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LouT in HI just joined today and just diagnosed July 2,2019   
    Hi Judy,  Welcome.  I did not have SCLC but from local lung cancer support group and also here I know  many  with that diagnosis. 
    I also know several who have survived of 15 years after getting treatments,  Praying you also respond well . Keep us posted on 
    how you are doing.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in HI just joined today and just diagnosed July 2,2019   
    Hi Judy,  Welcome.  I did not have SCLC but from local lung cancer support group and also here I know  many  with that diagnosis. 
    I also know several who have survived of 15 years after getting treatments,  Praying you also respond well . Keep us posted on 
    how you are doing.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Irwin1 in Introduction   
    Irwin, hello welcome.  Glad you found us.  
    We have some in common.  I called for an appointment . I thought I had an orthopedic problem.  I had pain in my right arm and chest.
    They said , you are 50 years old with chest pain ?  Come to the hospital now, you could be having a heart attack !
    I went all labs and EKG was normal.  So they did a chest x ray and found a tumor larger than a golf ball in the upper right apex of my lung
    pressing on nerves going down my arm and also onto my chest wall.  Got an appointment right away for biopsy, and with Onocologist.
    Stage 3B lung cancer.  Luckily I got treatment , chemo  and radiation started quickly with good results so later I was able to have that lobe of lung
    removed and as planned more chemo after.  I was diagnosed12/3/97 .  I am still here and cancer free..
    Please keep us posted on how things are going and feel free to ask questions.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LouT in Introduction   
    Irwin, hello welcome.  Glad you found us.  
    We have some in common.  I called for an appointment . I thought I had an orthopedic problem.  I had pain in my right arm and chest.
    They said , you are 50 years old with chest pain ?  Come to the hospital now, you could be having a heart attack !
    I went all labs and EKG was normal.  So they did a chest x ray and found a tumor larger than a golf ball in the upper right apex of my lung
    pressing on nerves going down my arm and also onto my chest wall.  Got an appointment right away for biopsy, and with Onocologist.
    Stage 3B lung cancer.  Luckily I got treatment , chemo  and radiation started quickly with good results so later I was able to have that lobe of lung
    removed and as planned more chemo after.  I was diagnosed12/3/97 .  I am still here and cancer free..
    Please keep us posted on how things are going and feel free to ask questions.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Rower Michelle in Introduction   
    Irwin, hello welcome.  Glad you found us.  
    We have some in common.  I called for an appointment . I thought I had an orthopedic problem.  I had pain in my right arm and chest.
    They said , you are 50 years old with chest pain ?  Come to the hospital now, you could be having a heart attack !
    I went all labs and EKG was normal.  So they did a chest x ray and found a tumor larger than a golf ball in the upper right apex of my lung
    pressing on nerves going down my arm and also onto my chest wall.  Got an appointment right away for biopsy, and with Onocologist.
    Stage 3B lung cancer.  Luckily I got treatment , chemo  and radiation started quickly with good results so later I was able to have that lobe of lung
    removed and as planned more chemo after.  I was diagnosed12/3/97 .  I am still here and cancer free..
    Please keep us posted on how things are going and feel free to ask questions.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Curt in Introduction   
    Irwin, hello welcome.  Glad you found us.  
    We have some in common.  I called for an appointment . I thought I had an orthopedic problem.  I had pain in my right arm and chest.
    They said , you are 50 years old with chest pain ?  Come to the hospital now, you could be having a heart attack !
    I went all labs and EKG was normal.  So they did a chest x ray and found a tumor larger than a golf ball in the upper right apex of my lung
    pressing on nerves going down my arm and also onto my chest wall.  Got an appointment right away for biopsy, and with Onocologist.
    Stage 3B lung cancer.  Luckily I got treatment , chemo  and radiation started quickly with good results so later I was able to have that lobe of lung
    removed and as planned more chemo after.  I was diagnosed12/3/97 .  I am still here and cancer free..
    Please keep us posted on how things are going and feel free to ask questions.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Cutoff for surgery?   
    Hello Barb.   I was Stage 3B.  The tumor was in the apex of my right upper lobe.  Pressing on nerves going down my arm, and onto my chest wall.
    I had chemo and radiation, it shrunk.  I then  had my right upper lobe removed and more chemo after---- as was planned.
    That was finished in 1998 and I am still here.  Best wishes , keep us posted.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Rower Michelle in stage IV lung ca diagnosis with brain mets   
    Susanrae .  In answer to your question.  I did receive treatment in the Twin Cities.  My treatment was
    finished in 1998-------------------- !  I saw my doctor at a local clinic but she was a Onacology Professor at the U of M.
    My husband did receive treatment here also but at the VA hospital at Fort Snelling .
    Donna G
     
     
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from KatieB in stage IV lung ca diagnosis with brain mets   
    Hello Susanrae, Welcome. 
    I hope your brain surgery went well, that's tough stuff.  
    I see you are here in Minnesota.  I am close to the Twin Cities  .. Are you going to Rochester for treatment?
    Please keep us posted on what is up next.  Feel free to ask questions.  As said above------ there are great advances being made in 
    new treatments .   Wishing you the best.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Brian1969 in Newby Introduction   
    Welcome Brian .  Glad you found us.  
    I grew up in Boston  ( Roslindale) .  Sorry you had that delay on Tuesday but glad they were able to reschedule it for you.
    Please tell us what they find from your Biopsy.  How old are your 4 kids ?   Have you got other family near by.  It is great to have family or friends to help 
    and support you as with going with you to appointments or treatments.  An extra set of ears help and also may take notes for you.
    Keep us posted
     
    Donna G
     
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in RUL Lobectomy and chances of relapse?   
    Hi Rob.  I had a RUL in the early 1998.  I had been diagnosed with a Pancoast Tumor also.
    I first had chemo and radiation before they did surgery.  Did you ?  I also had chemo after surgery as it had been 
    planned.  Did you know that treatment had been planned originally by a Doctor Pancoast ?   Later the named it after him
    because he was the one to set up the treatment plan.  His plan worked for me .  I am 21 years post treatment.
    Donna G
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