yirol Posted May 15, 2007 Share Posted May 15, 2007 My Dad was recently diagnosed with NSCLC. Finally having the courage to officially post his history in my signature. Somehow this terrifies me, but your signatures have all helped me incredibly throughout this whole ordeal...and I hope my Dad's story can help others too. Thanks so much for this board. It's been my constant in all the uncertainty. Yirol ---- 2007.03.06 Dad returns home after 14 hour flight. Experiences severe SOB at airport and can't make it to get his baggage. Customs gives him first class treatment...clears him immediately...Dad is chauffered out on a stretcher to the nearest hospital. Can make his connecting flight to Toronto. 2007.03 Dad in hospital for +7 days while docs run tests. Checking first for T.B., pneumonia, blood clots. Dx is blood clots from the long flight. Given blood-thinners in addition to his usual high-blood pressure medication and acid-reflux medication. 2 weeks later, Dad starts coughing. Can't keep food down, loses appetite. 2007.04 Dad returns to Toronto. SOB. Taken to emergency room. Doctors in general hospital spend 3 weeks examining Dad. Start the same search for TB (1week) then pneumonia (2 weeks), then benign lesions (3 weeks). Growing frustration with hospital's "compartmentalization." 2007.05.01 Dad finally diagnosed. Dx NSCLC Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma with BAC features w/ evidence of bilateral pleural effusion with mediastinal and hilar lymphadenopathy. One 2.5x2.5x2.5 tumor in left lower lobe. One 2.5x2.0x2.0 "spiculated nodular opacity" in right lung. No brain mets. Possible mets to liver, bone. 2007.05.07 Begins 150mg Tarceva only. Considered to thin for traditional chemo. Appt. in 3 weeks. Wishing the cancer would take a long holiday and long weekends everytime the doctor's do. Symptom relief almost immediately. Coughing up mucous almost gone. Wheezing increasingly gone. Finally keeping food down!!! 2007.05.15 Wheezing back again. Night of throwing up food again. Dad's spirit and strength is as incredible as ever. He is teaching us all how to LIVE. Never complains, doesn't doubt, wants to talk about more than his illness. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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