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I need words of encouragement. I was just told I have nsclc stage 3A. I really dont have any signs . It is in the right upper lung and has gotten to the lymp nodes, but no where else at this time.

i don't know what to do or where to go.

please give any words of encouragement that you can. what about diet

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Hi Craneman, and welcome to our family.

I too was diagnosed with Stage IIIA NSCLC, upper right lobe and some mediastinal lymph nodes. I didn't have any symptoms either, the tumor was discovered on a random chest x-ray. As you can see from my signature below, I had surgery to remove my lobe, followed up by chemo and radiation (together). It was a tough treatment plan, but one I would gladly repeat again for the same results.

I believe that nutrition plays a key role. Your body needs the best nutrients possible to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. It's hard for your body to repair itself when fed a diet of soda and cookies! :roll: You will find many post regarding nutrition and supplements in our "Alternative" forum.

Welcome again and I hope you will find a great source of comfort and knowledge here!


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Hi Craneman,

Just want to say welcome and glad you found us. Sorry you have to be here. You will find the people here very caring and full of information. Just ask your questions and somebody will have answers for you. Just hang in there and check out all the survivors on-board here. Keep us posted.

Nancy B

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Hey there Craneman,

Welcome to a place that holds so much hope... You can do this. You don't have to be alone. We are here for each other.

Keep coming back, we will get you where you need to go. There is a good place here on the board that talks a lot about what to eat and all, but personally, I prefer buttered popcorn and a nice roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and good gravy.

I am glad that you found this spot so early in your diagonsis. If you are like me, you were in shock and pretty scared. That is very normal. WE will help you in any way we can.

Keep asking questions and there will always be someone to help you along. We even have a real good oncodoc who chimes in every once in awhile.

Again. Welcome. You are not alone in this.

Cindi o'h

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Hi Craneman,

I too was diagnosed as IIIA - with a medistinal lymph node positive. (See signature below). Both Hebbie & I have been cancer free following surgery, and hope to live a LONG life :) Many others as well, So there are success stories here for sure....

Welcome, and best of luck with your course of treatment.


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Craneman, just want to welcome you to our family. I had a tumor in my right upper lobe but I did have pain, it was pressing on nerves and the pleura of the lung. I had chemo and radiation before they would do surgery, then surgery and more chemo after. I was diagnosed in December of 97', do the math! Yes this can be overcome! Now , keep us posted on the plan of treatment and how you are doing. Donna G

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Hopefully your tumor can be shrunk enough with chemo and or radiation to be operated on and removed. As soon as you have a treatment plan come back and let us know. Keep reading here and you will find lots of encourgaement and nutrition ideas. Hang in there...


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Words of Encouragement for Craneman

My husband was diagnosed in January, 9 months ago, lung with mets to multiple lymph nodes and sternum - the first two months were very difficult - but it was worth it. He is doing well and we do have a life. Go for it. Things are a lot better than they used to be.

Keep in touch, you will find a lot of help and info here, and you can help others. Margaret

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Hi Craneman,

As you can see alot of us have gone through this and are here to offer our support. I had my left lung totally removed three and a half years ago, and I am doing well - a little short on breth but much better that what it might have been. I know it can be a scary thing to face, but rest asurred you can come through it, and with the support of friend, family and this group you will. Don't give up and above all else Pray- It Works.

In Christ,


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Welcome to the family!

I weigh in with JoeB and Hebbie, IIIa and here I am! (They eat healthy, I like chocolate...LOL) :roll:

EVERYTHING in moderation...

I had surgery to remove my lower and middle lobe, right lung. Surgery was actually to remove the lower lobe and a stage I or II cancer, surprise, surprise, lymph node involvement and a need for "clear margins" that involved taking both lobes... Hurts - a lot...but is "do-able".

Hang in there, let us know what you need!


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I too am IIIa. I had lymph node involement and as you can read in my bio at the bottom, chemo and radiation after surgery. I have had nothing but clear scans since surgery. I feel good except for a little wheeze from the radiation. Treatments can work and work well. It will be two years in Feb 2005 since my diagnosis. I intend to continue to get clear scans. Welcome to our family. If you have questions we will be glad to answer them. The main thing, is thing positive and find a doctor who feels the same way. Best of luck.


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Hi Craneman,

If you're looking for support and encouragement, you have come to the right place. There is nothing more comforting than the stories and courage you will draw breath from right here from people who have walked in your shoes. Come here often and let us know how you are doing and what we can do for you!

Love and prayers to you!

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Welcome Craneman. Best place with the best people for support, knowledge and caring. Research and learn as much as you can. Stay positive and focused. Take it one day and one step at a time. Stay with us. Below are some sites to help you get started. Hope this helps. Thoughts and prayers are with you for the best of results. Rich

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/quer ... h&DB=books (NCBI / BookShelf)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... _id=&state (Caregiving)

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/MON/MON_1.asp (Track Side Effects)

http://www3.cancer.gov/cancercenters/centerslist.html (NCI-designated Cancer Centers / Cancer Centers Listed by State)

http://www.healthology.com/focus_articl ... cancernews (How To Eat Well During Cancer Treatment)

http://www.lifeclinic.com/focus/nutrition/nutrition.asp (Nutrition Facts and Information Center)

http://www.about-nsclc.com/content/patient/nsclc (Iressa)

http://www.about-nsclc.com/content/prof/about (Iressa)

http://www.findcancerexperts.com (Find Cancer Experts)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Making Decisions About Cancer Treatment)

http://www.chemocare.com (ChemoCare)

http://www.curetoday.com/currentissue/d ... index.html (Toolbox: Resources You Can Use)

http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks8h.htm (Resources for Caregivers)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... sa&spell=1 (Medicaid)

http://www.thehealthinsurance.com/medicaid.htm (Medicaid)

http://www.thebeehive.org/health/contests/medicaid.asp (Medicaid)

http://www.lungcancerfyi.com/lung_cancer_faq.html ((Lung Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/treatme ... osurg.html (Surgery - General Information & What to Expect)

http://www.lungcancerfyi.com/lung_cancer_glossary.html (Lung Cancer Glossary)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Receive the PLWC Bulletin)

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/hos ... p_home.htm (Directory Of American Hospitals)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/tests/index.html (Lung Cancer Online / Test And Procedures)

http://www.vh.org/adult/patient/cancerc ... index.html (Understanding Blood Tests / A Guide for Patients with Cancer)

http://www.cancer.gov/cancerinfo/pdq/tr ... ng/patient (SCLC)

http://www.meds.com/pdq/smallcell_pat.html (Medicine OnLine / SCLG)

http://health.allrefer.com/health/prima ... -info.html (Diseases And Conditions / SCLC)

http://www.hospicefoundation.org (Hospice Foundation Of America)

http://www.hospiceweb.com (Hospice Web)

http://www.hospice-america.org/consumer.html (Hospice Association Of America)

http://www.hospicenet.org (Hospice Net)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 151,00.asp (PLWC Feature: Talking to Someone With Cancer)

http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/ ... 87526.html (3-year-old keeps her smile in battle with rare cancer)

http://www.rfalung.com (Radio Frequency Ablation Of Lung Cancer)

http://www.lungcancercoalition.org (Global Lung Cancer Coalition)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (PLWC Feature: Financial Support Resources)

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/nycu/healt ... hqcanc.htm (Best Hospitals)

https://www.alcase.org/advocacy/sign_the_petition.html (Advocacy /Sign the Petition)

http://www.cancersymptoms.org (Oncology Nursing Society)

http://www.plwc.org/plwc/MainConstructo ... 008,00.asp (Questions to Ask the Doctor)

http://www.alcase.org/education/publica ... reath.html (With Every Breath A Lung Cancer Guidebook / From ALCASE / A Wealth Of Information / Free)

http://www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org (The Cancer Survival Toolbox / Free / From NCCS)

http://www.centerwatch.com (Clinical Trails Listing Service / Center Watch)

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&editi ... ung+cancer (Lung Cancer In The News)

http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/pro ... /guide.asp (The Wellness Community / National Cancer Support, Education And Support / Free)

http://www.drugs.com (Drug Information Online)

http://www.alcase.org (ALCASE / Alliance For Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, Education)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov (Unites States / National Library Of Medicine)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html (Health Information / Medical Encyclopedia)

http://www.google.com (Great Search Engine)

http://blochcancer.org (R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc. / Please read: A Letter to all newly diagnosed cancer patients)

http://www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society)

http://www.cancer.gov (Cancer Information Service / NCI)

http://www.cancerresearchcenter.org (Cancer Research Center)

http://www.aicr.org (American Institute for Cancer Research; Nutrition Hotline / AICR)

http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org (Cancer Hope Network)

http://www.acor.org (Association of Cancer Online Resources / Free Online Lifeline For Everyone Affected By Cancer & Related Disorders)

http://www.meds.com/lung/lunginfo.html (Lung Cancer Information Library)

http://www.lungusa.org (American Lung Association)

http://www.ama-assn.org (American Medical Association)

http://www.docguide.com/news/content.ns ... g%20Cancer (Doctor’s Guide / Lung Cancer)

http://www.healthfinder.gov/Scripts/Sea ... ?topic=506 (Healthfinder)

http://www.medicinenet.com/Lung_Cancer/article.htm (Medicine Net)

http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks2l.htm (Cancer Index / Lung Cancer Resources Directory)

http://www.nfcr.org/site/PageServer?pag ... ncers_lung (National Foundation For Cancer Research)

http://www.patientadvocate.org (Patient Advocate Foundation)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/effects ... fects.html (Lung Cancer Online / Hematologic (Blood) Effects)

http://www.cancerlinks.org/lung.html (Lung Cancer Links)

http://www.cancer-free.com (Cancer Free Connections)

http://www.healthinsite.gov.au/topics/C ... ung_cancer (Health Insite)

http://www.lungcancerclaims.com (Lung Cancer / Lung Cancer Information Page)

http://www.cancerlifecenter.com/engine. ... =dictionar (Cancer Life Center/ Cancer Dictionary)

http://www.canceryellowpages.com/Resour ... G%20CANCER (Cancer yellow Pages)

http://icare.org (ICARE / The International Cancer Alliance)

http://www.vh.org/index.html (Virtual Hospital)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/support/financial.html (Lung Cancer Online / Financial, Legal & Insurance Issues)

http://www.lungcanceronline.org/index.htm (Lung Cancer Online / HomePage)

http://cancernews.healthology.com/focus ... cancernews (Cancer News)

http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/7_48.htm (Follow-up Care: Questions and Answers)

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Welcome, Craneman, to the club nobody wants to belong to.

That aside, this is a wonderful family of caring people.

I was diagnosted IIIA over four years ago, with a large pancoast. I did have shoulder pain before diagnosis.

I have been NED (no evidence of disease) since surgery four years ago.

Treatment was rough for a while, but I'm still here.

Still hurts some, but I'm doing GREAT!!!! :):):)

Prayers always,



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First, just know there is hope. There have been many strides made in lung cancer. I don't know anything about your treatment but there are many wonderful success stories with 3A and I am sure you will find a lot of support here. Check out the alternative forum for tips on diet.

Good luck.

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Welcome Craneman,

I read your post and could literally feel your fear. I felt exactly like you! You will find all the help and support you can possible hope for right here in this great group of people. Every question I had was answered and I have been given so much support I know you, me, and all of the rest of us can beat this thing if we stick together.

Xtra prayers heading your way


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Hello Craneman,

I aso have stage 3A lung cancer and had a malignant lymph node. Had half of the right lung removed nine months ago and feel pretty good. I'm eating great and getting as fat as a pig. I didn't have any symptoms at first either. Hope you can have surgery and wish you the best of luck!


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Hi Craneman,

Well, I'm one of the older survivors on the block here. And yes I was a Stage IIIA-B. I say IIIA-B because I went into surgery a IIIA and came out a IIIB. :shock: But the real GOOD NEWS is, I had my surgery done on July 25, 1995 and as of Sept 1995 I underwent Chemo and Radiation treatments, and well....... as they say, the rest is history! HERE I AM, larger then life!!! :D This is doable and this is beatable.

I'm sorry you had to find us, but your amoung good company and good friends.

Hope you'll stay with us. Please know your not in this alone. Many of us have walked the walk and it's just so much nicer when we can walk with someone that knows what we're going through. :wink:

Warm Regards,

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