Fay A. Posted June 1, 2004 Share Posted June 1, 2004 I had the second fine needle aspiration biopsy using a larger needle. This time the results were postive for malignancy. It's a long story, but I was erroneously put at Stage I when I was actually Stage IV. Do you know that from the time I was diagnosed five years ago until my third Thoracotomy in May of last year-during that entire 4 year period-I was never without measurable cancer in my body? I didn't attain NED status until my post pneumonectomy scans done in August of 2003. It was short lived, but it was one of my goals to be one with NED. I was diagnosed with recurrent disease 5 months later. It is now my goal to be a NERD! (No Evidence of Recurrent Disease). I mention all of this now, because I am here, alive, five years later. I'm a Stage IV Lung Cancer Patient, and I am STILL ALIVE. During the first 3 years the only thing I had were surgeries. The next year I participated in a Clinical Trial using the drug Iressa. And the next year it was another surgery. I can't help but believe that even Stage IV Lung Cancer patients will have prolonged lives if surgery is an option. I have Moderately Differentiated Adnenocarcinoma with Bronchioloalveolar Features. It has both aggressive and indolent aspects. I know that histology factors into the survival equation, but still...... Oh....one more thing. You folks have helped me so many times over the past year. I just want to say "Thank You" to those who have posted and opened yourselves up to me. I want to say "Thank You" to those who haven't posted, but sent prayers and good wishes. What you have done matters.....and it is very much appreciated. Five years from now I'll do this again. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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