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Chum
  • By Chum · Posted April 3, 2014
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 6 replies
  • I have twice been diagnosed with Stage 1 lung cancer - first time in 2004 and again in December of 2013. I am interested in chatting/sharing with others who have had a second primary. The questions asked ...

It's Gone!

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted January 16, 2014
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 61 replies
  • Last I wrote, I had to share with you all that my cancer, after being "gone" for almost nine years, had returned. Today, at approximately 10 a.m., it was given the old heave-ho. The good doctors at Sloan ...

It's Back

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 18, 2013
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 73 replies
  • So after 8 years of NED, I went into this year's scans relatively confident and calm. Turns out that should not have been my demeanor. One of the nodules they have tracked for 8 years changed from what ...

Eight Years and Counting

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 21, 2012
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 27 replies
  • Went to Sloan for my yearly scan (this is my 8th year). Great news - nothing to be seen. Dr. Rizk indicated that I was "cured," but that he recommended a yearly scan to check for new primaries. He also ...

NED

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 14, 2011
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 44 replies
  • Seven-year scan - absolutely nothing there (good thing it wasn't a brain scan). Best news, the dr said that after 7 or 8 years, I can consider myself cured. Ok by me! One year to go. Courage Chum ...

Oncologist?

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted February 18, 2011
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 11 replies
  • Anyone know of a good oncological center in or near Ashburn (Loudoun County), Virginia? We need some shots every three weeks or so and don't want to have to drive to our regular oncologist (an hour and ...

NED - SIX-YEARS RUNNING

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 16, 2010
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 36 replies
  • Had my six-year scan. The only change from the boring NED was the doctor who gave me the news. My surgeon - Bernard Park, left Sloan and now runs the thoracic surgery department at Hackensack. My new ...

Fifth-Year NED

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 22, 2009
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 48 replies
  • Had my fifth-year scan. NED. The surgeon said, "Well I guess this means you are cured!" Of course, he then went on to indicate that there was only a 5% chance that the original cancer would re-occur and ...

The Fifth Thanksgiving

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted November 26, 2009
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 19 replies
  • Five years ago today I woke up to greet my first Thanksgiving after surgery. The day before I had a lobectomy at Sloan-Kettering to rid myself of te beast. I got out of bed and walked the happy walk of ...

Don't Use Regular Morphine

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted November 24, 2009
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 3 replies
  • Just read the following article that suggests that some forms of morphine can promote cancer. Opiate Painkillers May Encourage Spread Of Cancer New research from the US adds weight to the growing body ...

Drug heals lung damage in ex-smokers

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted August 4, 2009
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 7 replies
  • I know that many people on this board get upset when people focus on smoking because they then often make us feel like we are guilty of purposefully causing our own disease. But the fact of the matter ...

Wall Street Journal Article

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted June 27, 2009
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 7 replies
  • Quite a spread in Friday's Wall Street Journal - sponsored by the LCA. Check it out. Courage Chum ...

NED four years and counting

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 24, 2008
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 32 replies
  • Well, got on the ct scan roller coaster to celebrate my fourth year as a lung cance survivor and, after the usual wait of forty minutes from scan until "the word," heard the blessed words that "everything ...

Staging - Act 2

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted June 12, 2008
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 13 replies
  • Asked my surgeon for the new staging system. Here's what he told me: "There is going to be some minor revisions of the staging system. I've attached the relevant articles. The recommendations for treatment ...

Staging

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted June 11, 2008
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 8 replies
  • Recently the system of staging of lung cancer has been revised. We talked about it in several forums that I read. Here's what I saw today concerning Stage 1. The IASLC lung cancer staging project committee ...

NED

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 21, 2007
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 19 replies
  • Had a clean and clear scan report on Thursday. NED! I tell you - it doesn't get any easier to wait for the report of the scan - even though it is only 40 minutes between the scan and my appointment with ...

New Targeted Drug

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted June 12, 2007
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 3 replies
  • Just read the following: Agennix were showing off talactoferrin, an immune system modulator to treat cancer and also, in its gel format, diabetic foot ulcers. The protein-based biopharmaceutical is a ...

Scans - NED

Chum
  • By Chum · Posted December 21, 2006
  • In Lung Cancer Survivors · 19 replies
  • Friends, Just had my two-year scans. NED! I have bored my surgeon to tears. He first tried to shift me away from him onto a nurse-practiconer. Then he told me - okay next scans in a year. I am floating ...

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