Elaine Posted September 25, 2004 Share Posted September 25, 2004 I sent a few quieries out to some publications that accept freelance work. One of my "topics" was called "The Stealth of Lung Cancer" and ends up advocating for early detection to be implemented immediately based on the tests done in the 1970s and 1980s used out of date CT imaging. A fairly major national publication has expressed an interest in hearing more about this. Most of the article, as I envisoin it will be about the subtle, "silent" and tricky nature of the disease and how early signs are overlooked or shrugged off.. Probably all cancers are somewhat "stealth bombs' but I don't know that much about them. For example, if I go back three years, I can tell you that I did have signs and symptoms, some of which I did report to Drs. and some were so everyday that I didn't think much of it. As a matter of fact, my right shoulder scapula area has hurt going on 20 years. Non-progressive or if progressive, then ever so slightly until recently. Another example is that my feet and then hands began to fall asleep more often than usual and for no apparent reason well-over a year before DX. When I mentioned this, I was told that it couldn't be anything, as if it were diabetes it is a late symptom of diabetes! I now know that it, coupled with other things, proves it certainly was a symptom of a paraneoplastic syndrome almost exclusive to lung cancer. Ever so often I would cough up clear sputum with some kind of brownish grey material in it. I was told that it was because I had stiopped smoking and/or that smokers always do that! My list is long and I don't mean to bore you with it now. Anyway, I have not been offered a contract YET to do the story. If accepted it would be a feature story since I can't really do an unbiased story due to my own involvement. I can either write this as a profile of myself, but I think it would be better if I had other examples. If anyone here also believes, retrospectively, that he or she or a loved one did, in fact, have symptoms or signs over a year before DX, and would like to be interviewed for possible inclusion, please let me know. You do not have to have went to a Dr about the condition, but if you did that is fine. This is not a story about horrible doctors! This is not a story about how we have been mistreated! This is a story about how subtle things can be missed and that early screening will benefit all. I do believe that early screening will eventually be accepted, but in the meantime maybe someone will read the article and notice some of these signs and have their cancer caught early. I know that many of you did not smoke and thus I don't know that early screening for smokers and ex-smokers will be of benefit to you or not. I am sorry for that. If you would like to be interviewed, probably by phone, please let me know. If you would like to suggest other things to me about this proposed article or a different way I could go with this, also let me know. All feedback and constructive criticism would be appreciated. If you are absolutely certain that you or your loved ones had NO signs or symptoms, AND you have medical records that show you had no abnormality on lung function tests a year before DX for NSCLC, I would also like to talk with you. Deadline to contact me is OCT 1. elaine Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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