Margaret Posted July 27, 2003 Share Posted July 27, 2003 I have been reading posts on this awesome site for months and have kept planning to introduce myself as soon as...well, tonight's the night! I was diagnosed with advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (large cell carcinoma) in April 2002. I underwent chemo from June until October of that year, with shrinkage, but then regrowth in January. I am now into my 3rd (4-week) cycle of a clinical trial which is Iressa or ZD6474 and my CT scan showed no change in tumors. Athough my hope is for shrinkage of course, no growth does allow me to continue with in the clinical trial. I started my treatment at UCSD (San Diego), but the lung cancer oncologist left UCSD in October of 2002 and they still have not replaced him with a specialist in lung cancer. Therefore, I went up to Los Angeles to Cedars Sinai and am seeing Dr. Natale, who had an article in the Spring issue of CURE, and who, along with his staff, have given me the best of care. Although I live by myself, I have a wonderful companion Borzoi (aka Russian Wolfhound) who has consistently and constantly been by my side through all of this and has been a real motivation to get up and keep going even through some of the chemo devastation. I have a great support system through family, friends, neighbors and my church congregation...and, although I hadn't yet made myself known to each of you, you have helped me tremendously, for which I thank you. I am 62 years old, took an early retirement from the State of Nevada in 1995 and moved back to the coast and am living in Carlsbad (35 miles north of San Diego). I know that none of us want to be here, but I feel better about making myself legitimate through this introduction post. Peace, Margaret Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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