OhioKat Posted October 16, 2003 Share Posted October 16, 2003 I'm new to the list but I was diagnosed in Nov 2003 with limited stage small cell lung cancer, I had 6 rounds of chemo, & 2 rounds 4-5 weeks each of radiation plus brain radiation. That was all finished back in March. I had a follow up Chest X-ray & CT Scan which showed scarring but was other wise clear. What surprised me at the time was that basically I was told to go home & come back if I had any symptoms. My Hemo Doc said if it reoccurred in the first 2-3 yrs, it would be very fast & aggressive & to call if I had any "symptoms" I was given an appointment for August and sent on my way, a short while later I had the follow up with my radiation Doc (who I adore) he pretty much agreed but was a little more comforting about it. I admit I'm not looking to be babied or coddled but it just surprised me I've known other people who had non lung cancers who had much longer treatments & then oral chemo drugs to take for extended periods so my (in my view) short treatment was kind of surprising, to me at least. I feel somewhat relieved reading just a few posts on this board and seeing that this course of treatment seems to be "normal". I started having quite a bit of pain behind my left breast (same side as the cancer was on) I called the Radiation Doc when it became clear that the pain wasn't going away or getting any better like a pulled muscle would & he had me get a CXR. I've pretty much decided that, in my case at least, CXRS seem to be useless because of the scarring & such, so he ordered a bone scan & CT Scan. The Bone Scan suggests some spots on 3 of my ribs & my Rad Doc seemed to feel it was highly likely to be a mets. He wanted me to talk to the chemo guy, but frankly I didn't much care for my chemo doc so I talk to the Nurse about switching Docs which I've done. I like the new guy so far, he said he wasn't impressed with the bone scan & ordered a PET Scan which I had done yesterday. Monday I have another appointment so hopefully I will have some solid answers then. So thats my cancer experiance thus far. I hope I've posted this in the right place Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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