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  1. Hi everyone, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B T3N0M0 NSLC in Dec 2018. I had a lobectomy in Dec and completed 4 rounds of Alimta/Cisplatin as adjuvant therapy in Apr 2019. I was just notified that I qualify for enrolling in a clinical trial where i'm randomized to receive Opdivo. I was all in for participating in a clinical trial before. But now (several weeks after chemo), I've been slowly putting cancer out of my mind and being optimistic about my future scans (first 3 month scan is scheduled at the end of July). I am feeling good and most of the side effects of chemo has resolved, other t
  2. The amount of testing necessary to get the right diagnosis is dizzying. I had a chest xray, chest CT scan, CT guided needle biopsy, whole body PET scan and a brain MRI within 4 wks. My oncologist said that lung cancer spreads to the liver and brain easily, so that's why they need the PET scan (to look at the rest of the body & liver) and the brain MRI. I had additional tests to be declared "fit for surgery" in addition to those mentioned above also in the 4 weeks. So like LexieCat said, it sounds like they are being thorough.
  3. So sorry to hear about everything.. wow, your mom sounds like an incredible person to have gone thru so much and you seem like such a great daughter. I send you hugs and love.
  4. Dear moonbeam, donna, tom, steff, lexicat and bridgett, thanks much for your replies! You guys are an amazing group! Thank you for sharing the longterm survivor stories! I'm really encouraged by the stories. I feel like I will beat this for sure but the stats tell a different story, and I don't want to be out of touch with reality and then I get scared... but staying positive and planning is ok and good is what I'm hearing from you and that sounds good to me. I love the idea of getting trip insurance, that will keep my internal negative nelly (realist) notions satisfied. I really like the idea
  5. Hi, I was recently diagnosed with Stage 2B Adenocarcinoma. As a non-smoker and thinking that I lead a fairly risk free lifestyle, the last couple months have been shocking and terrifying. I was fortunate to have a suspicious xray to get diagnosed early. I had been complaining of inflammation and pain throughout my body for a couple of years. I've had a left upper lobectomy and recovered well from the surgery. I'm currently on chemo (Alimta/Cisplatin) for 4 cycles. The first infusion was rough for about 10 days. I'm now trying to mentally prepare for the second round. I have 2 teenagers who are
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