Marco Jo Posted July 18, 2006 Share Posted July 18, 2006 Hi there-- I have been lurking around for a few weeks, so here I am. My sister, Jeannine, has been to the doctor many times over the past two years for high blood pressure. It seemed odd because we didn't have a history of it in the family. At first they looked for an underlying condition, but settled on controlling it with meds. In January 06, she compained of shortness of breath. Her doctor sent her for a stress test which was normal. They said maybe she had athsma since she used to smoke. (She quit 7 years ago.) They prescribed an inhaler, which seemed to irritate her lungs. Then in May, she got a terrible cold and pulled all the muscles in her back. She returned to the doctor, was diagnosed with pneumonia, and finally given a chest x-ray. It revealed a mass, they did the bronchoscopy and she was diagnosed with sclc w/mets to the liver. She is 47. (Our Mother died of lung cancer in 1984. She was 45. We are trying to find out what kind she had. ) My sister is about to start her 3rd round of carbo/etoposide. She is doing amazingly well. She went kayaking last weekend, and has been doing yoga. I have been traveling between NYC and Syracuse, where she lives to be with her during chemo. She has two sons, 16 and 22. My aunt is with her from Florida this month. We all just did the Relay for Life. Any thoughts on treatments besides the standard mentioned above would be appreciated. We had two opinions, both basically the same in regard to treatment. but she is strong, and looking to be the exception. Also, she is not working. Any info on financial assistaance would be helpful. Luckily she is surrounded by loving friends who have been incredibly supportive. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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