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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 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 janisk   
    Hello Jan,  glad you found us.
    I was younger than you when I was diagnosed, I was just 50 years old.  I was stage 3B.
    I started with daily radiation on week days for 6 weeks and also chemo's. 
    On my scan after that they saw it had shrunk so they decided they would do surgery with more chemo after.
    I pray respond well to the treatment.  It was hard for me !   The good part is this summer I will turn 72 !  
    Treatments today are so much more and varied than years ago.
    Please keep us updated on how you are and don't  fear  to ask questions.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Fund Raiser ..Mn.   
    Saw this on the news this morning.  This event will raise money for Lung Cancer research.
    The women on the news is a survivor but also had other family members with lung cancer.
     
    https://kstp.com/news/american-lung-association-hosts-third-annual-oxygen-ball/4884979/
    https://patch.com/minnesota/minneapolis/lung-cancer-devastates-local-family
     
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LexieCat in janisk   
    Hello Jan,  glad you found us.
    I was younger than you when I was diagnosed, I was just 50 years old.  I was stage 3B.
    I started with daily radiation on week days for 6 weeks and also chemo's. 
    On my scan after that they saw it had shrunk so they decided they would do surgery with more chemo after.
    I pray respond well to the treatment.  It was hard for me !   The good part is this summer I will turn 72 !  
    Treatments today are so much more and varied than years ago.
    Please keep us updated on how you are and don't  fear  to ask questions.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Curt in janisk   
    Hello Jan,  glad you found us.
    I was younger than you when I was diagnosed, I was just 50 years old.  I was stage 3B.
    I started with daily radiation on week days for 6 weeks and also chemo's. 
    On my scan after that they saw it had shrunk so they decided they would do surgery with more chemo after.
    I pray respond well to the treatment.  It was hard for me !   The good part is this summer I will turn 72 !  
    Treatments today are so much more and varied than years ago.
    Please keep us updated on how you are and don't  fear  to ask questions.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from hope16 in Boston Hospitals - deciding where to go   
    Hello JCM.  I grew up in Boston, Roslindale   I went to Nursing School there .  There are a lot of great Hospital there.
      When I got Lung Cancer however I had married a sailor from Minnesota and when he retired from the Navy we settled In his state.
    I had Stage 3B lung cancer..  I was referred to an Onocology  Doctor at Park Nicolet Clinic.  Turned out she worked 
    a couple of days a week there but she also taught Onocology at the University of Minnesota.  She was great !
    Guess what    ---that was over 21 years ago !     
    Hope all goes well for you.  Please keep us posted with updates.  
    Donna G
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from eric byrne in Boston Hospitals - deciding where to go   
    Hello JCM.  I grew up in Boston, Roslindale   I went to Nursing School there .  There are a lot of great Hospital there.
      When I got Lung Cancer however I had married a sailor from Minnesota and when he retired from the Navy we settled In his state.
    I had Stage 3B lung cancer..  I was referred to an Onocology  Doctor at Park Nicolet Clinic.  Turned out she worked 
    a couple of days a week there but she also taught Onocology at the University of Minnesota.  She was great !
    Guess what    ---that was over 21 years ago !     
    Hope all goes well for you.  Please keep us posted with updates.  
    Donna G
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Boston Hospitals - deciding where to go   
    Hello JCM.  I grew up in Boston, Roslindale   I went to Nursing School there .  There are a lot of great Hospital there.
      When I got Lung Cancer however I had married a sailor from Minnesota and when he retired from the Navy we settled In his state.
    I had Stage 3B lung cancer..  I was referred to an Onocology  Doctor at Park Nicolet Clinic.  Turned out she worked 
    a couple of days a week there but she also taught Onocology at the University of Minnesota.  She was great !
    Guess what    ---that was over 21 years ago !     
    Hope all goes well for you.  Please keep us posted with updates.  
    Donna G
     
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    Donna G got a reaction from Steff in Stage 2B Adenocarcinoma   
    Hello Venitha and welcome.
    I was Stage 3B.  I started with chemo and radiation, got a good response so was able to have surgery and as planned more chemo after.
    As you see below I was diagnosed in December 1997.  As said above some of us are long term survivors.  For me it is over 21 years.  
    Keep us posted on how  you are doing, feel free to ask questions. So glad you have a sportive family.  Hope you always take someone to 
    your appointments as a second set of ears, and take notes of what the doctors and nurses tell you to review later.
    Praying for the best for you.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Vanitha in Stage 2B Adenocarcinoma   
    Hello Venitha and welcome.
    I was Stage 3B.  I started with chemo and radiation, got a good response so was able to have surgery and as planned more chemo after.
    As you see below I was diagnosed in December 1997.  As said above some of us are long term survivors.  For me it is over 21 years.  
    Keep us posted on how  you are doing, feel free to ask questions. So glad you have a sportive family.  Hope you always take someone to 
    your appointments as a second set of ears, and take notes of what the doctors and nurses tell you to review later.
    Praying for the best for you.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Stage 2B Adenocarcinoma   
    Hello Venitha and welcome.
    I was Stage 3B.  I started with chemo and radiation, got a good response so was able to have surgery and as planned more chemo after.
    As you see below I was diagnosed in December 1997.  As said above some of us are long term survivors.  For me it is over 21 years.  
    Keep us posted on how  you are doing, feel free to ask questions. So glad you have a sportive family.  Hope you always take someone to 
    your appointments as a second set of ears, and take notes of what the doctors and nurses tell you to review later.
    Praying for the best for you.
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Steff in Pancoast tumor& horners syndrome   
    Hello Tammy .   I am one of those members here that has had a Pancoast Tumor.
    My tumor was in the apex of my right upper lobe.  It was pressing on a nerve going down my right arm and also 
    pressing on  my chest wall.  I had chest pain and pain down my right arm.  
    I had no distant mets.  I had to have chemo and radiation to shrink it before they would consider surgery.
    When I was able, because it shrunk, to have surgery the plan from the beginning was that I would have more chemo
    after surgery.  I have survived 21 years now !   What chemo did  he have  ?     I pray that he responds well to it.  When is he due for a CT ? Please keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from PaulaC in Pancoast tumor& horners syndrome   
    Hello Tammy .   I am one of those members here that has had a Pancoast Tumor.
    My tumor was in the apex of my right upper lobe.  It was pressing on a nerve going down my right arm and also 
    pressing on  my chest wall.  I had chest pain and pain down my right arm.  
    I had no distant mets.  I had to have chemo and radiation to shrink it before they would consider surgery.
    When I was able, because it shrunk, to have surgery the plan from the beginning was that I would have more chemo
    after surgery.  I have survived 21 years now !   What chemo did  he have  ?     I pray that he responds well to it.  When is he due for a CT ? Please keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from LexieCat in Pancoast tumor& horners syndrome   
    Hello Tammy .   I am one of those members here that has had a Pancoast Tumor.
    My tumor was in the apex of my right upper lobe.  It was pressing on a nerve going down my right arm and also 
    pressing on  my chest wall.  I had chest pain and pain down my right arm.  
    I had no distant mets.  I had to have chemo and radiation to shrink it before they would consider surgery.
    When I was able, because it shrunk, to have surgery the plan from the beginning was that I would have more chemo
    after surgery.  I have survived 21 years now !   What chemo did  he have  ?     I pray that he responds well to it.  When is he due for a CT ? Please keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in Pancoast tumor& horners syndrome   
    Hello Tammy .   I am one of those members here that has had a Pancoast Tumor.
    My tumor was in the apex of my right upper lobe.  It was pressing on a nerve going down my right arm and also 
    pressing on  my chest wall.  I had chest pain and pain down my right arm.  
    I had no distant mets.  I had to have chemo and radiation to shrink it before they would consider surgery.
    When I was able, because it shrunk, to have surgery the plan from the beginning was that I would have more chemo
    after surgery.  I have survived 21 years now !   What chemo did  he have  ?     I pray that he responds well to it.  When is he due for a CT ? Please keep us posted.
     
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Roz in going to second lobectomy in January 03   
    I have a very good friend that had a R lobectomy about 17 years ago. then 5 years later another tumor on the Left .  It was biopsied and was a different NSCLC.  
    She had a lobe removed again.   Would you believe 3 years ago she had a new tumor.  This time at her age and history they told her they would treat it with radiation..
    No more surgery.   
    She is still here with us .  
    Donna G
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    Donna G got a reaction from Tom Galli in going to second lobectomy in January 03   
    I have a very good friend that had a R lobectomy about 17 years ago. then 5 years later another tumor on the Left .  It was biopsied and was a different NSCLC.  
    She had a lobe removed again.   Would you believe 3 years ago she had a new tumor.  This time at her age and history they told her they would treat it with radiation..
    No more surgery.   
    She is still here with us .  
    Donna G
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