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:D Good Morning, all.

My cancerbio, in brief: 62 years old, female, married, diagnosed Oct '07 w/stage 1B

NSCLC. Operated on in Nov., when all hell broke loose. Hospital dropped the ball after I transferred from CCU to a regular floor. Was supposed to be in for 5 days but it turned into 7 weeks;staff on regular floor forgot I was there;lung collapsed and I was unable to summons help, due to swollen digits that wouldn't let me ring for help. Second lobectomy needed;had 25 rounds of RT and am now doing okay.

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Hi, welcome. Sounds like they diagnosed you with an early stage. I wonder why they gave you radiation instead of chemo? Why did you have the 2nd lobe removed? because of the lung collapse or did they find more cancer?

I was just one night in ICU then to the floor with 2 chest tubes . Had my surgery on a Monday and was sent home hurting but stable on Thursday.

My biggest problem was pain. I "had an Epidural " but it turned out it had fallen out of my spine. The meds leaking into the sheets did nothing to relieve my pain. Eventually they looked and saw it was out and got me a PCA.

Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Donna G

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Welcome. What a terrible experience! Where are you? How could they make so many mistakes?

Glad you're ok now. I, too, am wondering why they did radiation rather than chemo? I was dx. as 1B and chose to have chemo. No one suggested radiation. Did they get all of the tumor each time?

Keep in touch and let us know how you're doing.


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Hi Cathy

Welcome to this great site. I too was diagnosed with stage 1b. I had a lobectomy last September and then elected to have 4 rounds of adjuvant chemo.

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Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome. I posted incorrectly when I said it was a Stage 1B;in reading through some notes, I noticed that got changed to a Stage 2.

During the 7 weeks in the hospital, I was in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks and I still notice some aftereffects of that, so please bear with me.

Will try to answer some of your questions. I was told by the chemo oncologist that w/the cancer I had, there was only a 6% success rate. I opted for the radiation 'cause w/the bunch of other medical problems I have, plus the fact that I lost my very cherished soldier/son 4 years ago, I have no more desire to go through chemo than I have to live to be 90 with this broken heart.

Had a VATS upper right lobectomy;day following the incident mentioned earlier, the remaining middle and lower lobes began to contort and twist together;surgeon tried his best to do what he could but had to finally take the middle lobe.

Dr. said he got all of the tumor but recommended the radiation as added assurance.

I am in Maine. The doctor was wonderful+ the CCU nurses were angels;it was when I got transferred to the regular floor that things spiralled downward in a hurry.

Forgot to mention that I couldn't yell for help, either, when the lung was collapsing because they'd put a very hard, rigid compression type mask on me and I couldn't get it off to call for help because my fingers were about the size of cucumbers. Finally managed to get my face on top of the bedrail and use the rail to "scrape" the mask off. Took my last breath to yell "help" and weak as it came out, an aide heard me. He turned the light on, pulled the curtain back and called a STAT order.

I don't mind dying at all but I didn't want to go that torturous way.

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Dear Cathy,

I am sorry for the loss of your precious son.

You have had so very much put onto your plate, but we warmly welcome you here.

Surely, as you have already noted, there are so many wonderful people here who will try their best to offer you support and comfort.

You are not alone.


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Oh Cathy, You have been through too much. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your son. I can't even imagine the pain you went through and still are. I'm so so sorry.

You are a very luck girl that you were able to summond that aide. Just reading your post has made me cringe as no one should have to go through all that. :shock:

I am glad that it is behind you know and I hope you are doing as well as can be expected.

We are here for you 24/7. You are never alone here.


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