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Caregiver for husband - stage IV NSCLC since 4/2011


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My husband was diagnosed with stage IV NSCLC in his left upper lung and lymph nodes more than a year ago. It had metastasized to several spots on his spine, ribs, and liver. He underwent radiation & 6 weeks of carboplatin + alimta which left only smaller tumors in his lung & one lymph node. He'll continue on alimta every 3 weeks and aredia every 6 weeks unless the tumors spread or increase in size. We take life one day at a time and appreciate all the good days and even the not so good days. I read AntiCancer A New Way of Life and Life Over Cancer -- adapted a lot of what's recommended. He won't give up meat but he eats a *lot* more fruits, vegetables and anti-cancer foods (eattodefeat.org). He gets TCM treatment 2-3 times a week and takes supplements recommended by complementary specialist/physician. I'm here to keep up with news/research and get support as a caregiver.

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this link will give some good info on diet and food guidelines for a starter!!


Sorry you have to be here but glad you are here! we do have a wealth of info !!

keep kicking cancers Butt !!

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Welcome to LCSC and I hope you can find the support you need here. There are many lung cancer caregivers and survivors that are very generous sharing their experiences with this disease. It really helps to know you are not alone and share with others who understand how you feel.

I am also stage 4 NSCLC adenocarcinoma. My mets were to ribs, spine, legs, liver, adrenal gland and brain. I am just over one year survivor. When you find a treatment that works it does get you to a place where you want to preserve your health as much as possible. It is good you are to that point. Eating and excercise are a great place to start. I recently started some mild excercise. I have a lot of bone damage, but I looked for something I CAN do rather than be discouraged about what I could NOT do. The pool seems to be a good choice for me.

I have found here that no question or feeling is silly. Sometimes just asking clears it out of my head and I find someone else may be dealing with the same issue. This is a safe place to work out some of the issues that only someone who has been touched by cancer can understand.

I am sorry your husband is dealing with lung cancer, but glad you have found us here. Come back often and let us know how things are going! Welcome.


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I can't add very much to what the others have said, but I also want to welcome you and hope you come back often. I know Katie mentioned the "ask the experts" link, and it may take you to the same place, but cancergrace.org is a wonderful site for information on latest treatments, trials, etc., as well as being able to ask questions of the doctors. Many people here belong there as well.

Everyone here is very supportive and this is a wonderful place to come to ask questions, or just vent when necessary. There are many caregivers who are or have been exactly where you are now.

Please keep us updated.


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