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Well my friends it’s was 2 year ago I was diagnose with stage 3A Squamous cell carcinoma lung cancer, after 5 months of chemotherapy and 33 day of radiation I went into remission 3 months later i had a Pet-Scan to fine out that my cancer had metastasize from my lungs to my sacral bone, presently I am on Opdivo  I already did 31 infusion 

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Welcome Tony!

We share a diagnosis -- Squamous cell.  And, we both had good results from our first line treatment:  chemotherapy and radiation.  You experienced no evidence of disease (NED) for 3 months, and I went through surgery to remove my right lung.  Then we both had a recurrence, yours to bone and mine to my remaining lung.  Our difference is in timing.  My active treatment was 2004 through 2007 while you are in treatment now with Opdivo: an immunotherapy drug that has demonstrated success in treating Squamous cell lung cancer. Here is some information on immunotherapy (click the down arrow on immune checkpoint inhibitors) for a good explanation on how Opdivo works.

So while there is no joy in lung cancer treatment, there is available joy in the extra life treatment often yields.  I hope Opdivo is working for you and if it is, that you are enjoying that extra life.

Stay the course.


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So sorry to hear you're going through such a difficult process. It seems this diagnosis is one of ups and downs along with severe abrupt turns! My only suggestion is "hang on for the ride". I have stage 4 and it has been a roller coaster ride but I'm in a good place now so am enjoying it for as long as it lasts. Please keep hope and faith in positive outcomes.

I will keep you in my prayers.

Best Wishes,


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Hi, Tony,

Welcome to LCSC. I hope that you make many meaningful connections with other members on this site. This is a great place to ask questions and get support. Tom has already provided links to information about immunotherapy and checkpoint inhibitors. I am happy to help you find additional resources and support. Please feel free to post any questions or join some of the ongoing conversations in the discussion boards.

With gratitude,

Digital Community Manager
LUNGevity Foundation

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