LindaMRG Posted December 13, 2003 Share Posted December 13, 2003 Hello Friends, In reading all your posts on lung cancer activism, and how frustrating it is that it is only associated with smoking, I just have something to add. My father was diagnosed in 1999 with non hodgkins lymphoma Stage IV with a met to the lung. He did chemo, went into remission and in 2001 he relapsed again with a met to the lung. He had a stem cell transplant in September of that year and that disease remains in remission. If any of you know what a stem cell transplant entails, you know that your immune system is brought down to practically nothing. I remember his white couont being 0.9. You are given huge blasts of chemo and you are in the hospital for the final blast before the actual stem cell transplant because the hospital is basically your immune system at that point, with IV antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal. Needless to say, although my father did recover nicely from this, his blood counts were never the same. This is why he cannot be blasted with chemo for the lung cancer. His marrow isnt strong enough. 4 months later the nodule on his lung appeared. Of course the doc was not eager to open him back up or blast him with more chemo, (and PET at the time was negative) but Ive done that story before, this point is different. We believe, that this could be the reason he got the lung cancer. While your immune system is down so low you are open to anything, his weakness was his right lung both times with the lymphoma and that is where the lung cancer is. Yes, my father was a smoker (stopped 5 years ago)so if I tell this story that is what people will tell me, but we feel there was more to it than that. Even the surgeon told us there are many reasons for lung cancer, no one knows for sure. Also, as Ive mentioned before, this is a wonderful, kind, quiet, unselfish man. He started smoking when he was about 17 long before society was fully aware of the dangers. By the time they were aware, many were already hooked or young enough to think it couldnt happen to them. He should not be looked at as deserving to get it for smoking, deserving to get it for poor choices when so many of his other choices were good, kind, and unselfish. The good choices he makes in his life far outweigh the poor choices he made. He, in no way, deserved this disease. He does far more good in this world than to be penalized for one bad choice. Does someone that constantly hurts people with their words, curses, uses dirty language deserve tongue or throat cancer? Does someone with eating disorders (overeating or undereating) deserve stomach cancer? So, friends, my story got long, thank you if you got this far! My original intention was to bring out that sometimes there are other causes for lung cancer and having a disease like lymphoma with a stem cell transplant could certainly bring you down enough to be susceptible to anything. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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