wenna Posted June 6, 2003 Share Posted June 6, 2003 Hello everyone, I've just been viewing past posts here. It's amazing the support that this board has! Something I need right now. I was just diagnosed with sclc and have had my first round of PET Scans, CT Brain and Chest Scans to determine stage. I have limited, they think. There is one small area in the colon they are concerned about so I will have a colonoscopy on Monday to see exactly what that is. I only thank god I was under dr.'s care and they have caught this very early. I have nodes in my right lung, then a tumor in the bronchial area where they split off to the left and right side lung near a lumph node . I'm not up on my abbreviations and terminology as some seem to be... but I'm sure I'll catch on. I had a single heart by-pass in Dec. of 2002, and that was why I was still under my cardiac surgeons care. He took weekly x-rays and on the last one before he gave me back over to my regular cardiac specialist; he called to say that he and the radiologist saw something, a shadow, that they didn't like.. and would I please come in for a CT Scan. I did to discover I had the lung spots and the tumor. Then a bronchoscopy to determine for sure that it was sclc; I want to find that radiologist and hug her for being so diligent! I've already hugged my dr... LOL The oncolgist has said that because it was caught so early that I have a very good prognosis but they will treat it fairly agressive. I start Chemo this coming Wednesday. I will be getting 2 rounds of treatment with one week off in between; then we will see if I need a third. One treatment = to 3 days of chemo; then off 4 days. Then radiation therapy to help make sure it doesn't come back.. he said that not letting it come back was the trick! I will be given Irinotecan (Camptosar) and Carboplatin. He's a no nonsense guy, but lacks on the bedside manners. I'm not worried about that as long as he's upfront with me. He's so optomistic that it's contagious! He acts as tho shrinking the tumor is a foregone conclusion but extra care will be taken to make sure that it doesn't return. So how can I not be optomistic myself! I'm still apprehensive about what happens next? Besides my hair falling out.. I've already cut it to get used to having none. My hair was half way down my back.. but is now a little less than shoulder length. And next week, I'll go a little shorter. Thanks for listening! wenna Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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