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    Thanks Mike.. That's what we thought ,
    . God Bless you all whether you are the fighter , caretaker or loved one !
    Blu
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Blu,

    So happy to hear your dad is doing so well. What an inspiration his story is. Many positive thoughts and prayers for his continued strength in battling this disease. Your dad is one of the lucky ones and for that I am sure you are thankful.

    Lisa

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    Hi Blu,

    I just love hearing about how well your Dad is doing. Prayers for things to continue. God bless.

    Irish
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    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:
    http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...th-how-he-died.

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    Hi All,
    Dad had his CT scan Dec 13 and again the results were given yesterday and no changes .
    Which is great !!
    He goes back the end of March now and I believe he'll have a Pet and CT.
    He and mom are coming here tomorrow. Flying in for Christmas !
    I'm so grateful for the time I'm able to spend with him . He turns 89 in Feb and I already
    have my ticket to visit him .
    God Bless you all and Happy Holidays.
    Blu
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Blu,

    Such wonderful news and may he continue to have good results. Many wishes to you as you celebrate this Christmas with him and your mom.

    Lisa

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    Yup, that is awesome news.

    mike

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    Thats good news, Blu.
    Have a Happy Christmas
    Jean
    DX July/2012 with one tumour 3.4cm NSCLC squamous cell T2a N0 M0
    Lower left lung lobectomy July 2012

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    Hi Blu

    So nice to hear good news this time of year. Have a wonderful holiday. God Bless.

    Irish
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    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:
    http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...th-how-he-died.

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    Hi all,
    Mom and dad came for a week visit at Christmas . I took dad to ER since he was wobbly and couldn't get out of bed one morning. Every time he tried he would have to lay back down. I took him to the hospital about 1:00pm. They took him right in. Did some visual and tactile tests I believe thinking it was a stroke. They did a brain CT and the doctor said it didn't show anything unusual for someone his age. He said he couldn't rule out a subacute stroke and would need an MRI . By now it had been 4 hours and my dad wanted to go home. So we did . He's visited his GP when they got home and he thinks he may have over medicated . He's really slowed down , has hand shakes and just seems weak . He's lost weight and has lost his appetite . He's visiting the doctor this Wednesday .
    Just checking in with ya'll.
    Blu
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Hi Blu,


    Thanks for the update, sorry that your Dad is doing poorly. I hope you were able to enjoy your Christmas with them. Here's to hoping this is as simple as overmedicated, that's easily remidied. Let us know how it goes at the doctor's this week. God Bless.


    Irish
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    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:
    http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...th-how-he-died.

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    Blu,

    Thank you for posting an update on your dad and so sorry he is not doing so well. I always look for your posts and have followed your dads journey as you were such a huge help to me when my mom was battling this horrible disease. Your dad is an inspiration to those battling this disease.

    Will continue to keep your dad in my prayers and thoughts.

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    Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for your replies .
    My dad went to the doctor and believe it our not he's on 3 meds for depression.
    I guess they're weaning him off one and onto another.
    He's had a chest cold , bad cough and has 2 inhalers and a Z pack. They are treating it as
    a cold do I hope it's not anything worse.
    He's lost his appetite , sleeps a lot and doesn't have much energy.
    I hope it's the new meds and he'll adjust to them.
    My brothers going there the end of this week.
    We're all worried about him.
    I'll let u know what he finds.
    Bless you all for you concern .
    Blu
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Hi everyone,
    Well things may be going south. Dads been losing weight. (17 lbs since Dec.), sleeping a lot , confused and wobbly . I made an appointment with his oncologist and mom took him today. They have him an IV with fluids and tomorrow he'll have a brain MRI.
    So prayers are needed .
    Thanks a bunch , BLU
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Sending prayers your way Blu. That's an awful lot of weight to lose in a month. I scares me alot how fast things can turn when trying to deal with this. Seems like things are going pretty good and then you get slammed. I hope they can find what's causing the problem. God Bless.

    Irish
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    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:
    http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...th-how-he-died.

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    Oh Blu,

    So very sorry to hear this. I am at a loss for words in reading your update. Please keep us posted when you can. I will keep your Dad in my prayers and thoughts.

    Lisa

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    Hi Blu,

    I've been following your story. How's your dad doing now? Has anything been found?

    thinking of you both,
    Erin
    28/06/2013 -Mother, 49, diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma in her lung.
    Malignant pleural effusion (now stage IV) , tumor blocking two bronchial tubes

    August 2013- began chemotherapy regimen of Cisplatin/Gemzar combo, sometimes alternating with one or the other.

    September 2013- oncologist tells my mom that he is very pleased with her outcome and to keep on going!

    Late November comes around and things are starting to take a bad turn- bone metastasis and renal failure.

    November 28th, 2013: Mom passed away with my dad and grandmother in the room.

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    Hi,
    Went to visit dad and he's lost a lot of weight. No appetite and sleeps all day.
    His MRI came back with no changes to his brain.
    It's as though a switch has turned off in him. He's just so quiet when he is awake. His dr gave him an appetite stimulant.
    I told mom I wanted to find some in home help for them but she claims they're fine.
    Not sure what to do but we can't keep going down there to just be told we're not needed when it's so obvious they need help.
    BLU
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Blu,

    My heart goes out to you and so deeply sorry you are witnessing this decline.

    I do not know how your Mom is managing all of this without any help and not sure how you go about pushing the issue with her. I guess the only thing you can do is continue to visit as often as you can even when you are not expected. Hopefully your Mom will come to understand she needs the help. My thought is, if she asks for the help then in her mind it is like the end is near and she just is not ready to face that reality.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Lisa

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    Hi all,
    I'm back at my parents along with my brother. When it rains..... Tomorrow I take mom for a breast biopsy. Suspicious mammogram. My brothers been here a few more days. Dad's not doing well and was in the hospital last week for several days. Had pneumonia and received antibiotics, fluids and oxygen. He's lost more weight and takes to sleeping most of the time. Very confused. Stumbles often.
    His GP recommended hospice. My brother and mom met with the hospice representative. My mom for some reason is concerned about it. Not the cost since Medicare will cover. But is dragging her feet. I told her before I leave the papers will be signed. If she wants to wait to call them then that's fine.
    I'll keep u posted. Blu
    87(now 88!)yr old Dad diagnosed 7/12 w NSC squamous lung cancer w small lymph node involved,1 large tumor 4 CM & some small. Stage 3
    Phase 1 :Chemo 7/12 -6 wks Carboplatin/Taxol
    Hospitalized 4 days after first chemo.
    Concurrent Radiation-every day M-F
    Scan Oct 24- large tumor shrunk ,small gone.
    Phase 2:chemo started first week Nov. Allergic reaction,chemo changed.
    Just Taxol. 3 weeks on/1 off.
    Finished 4 rounds.(12) 2/7/13 now 2 mo off & then a Pet scan.
    4/10/13 pet scan :Good results - tumor granulized or something.
    7/10/13 CT scan shows no negative changes !
    3 months off with intermittent bloodwork then Pet scan end of Oct.
    Oct scan showed an area near original tumor which they'd like to keep an eye on so scheduled scan in Dec.
    Brain CT and Brain MRI . No mets.
    Next scan March 22. Pet scan base of skull to thigh. Results- no negative changes!
    He died 4/10/14 from dementia .
    Go dad go!!

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    Ahhhh Blu,

    You're right....when it rains......here's to hoping your Mom's biopsy come back negative. It sounds like hospice would be a help to her. I suspect she's thinking that to call them in would mean giving up, when in fact it only improves the time left for both the patient and the caregiver.

    Thanks for the update...how are YOU doing? God bless

    Irish
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    Caregiver to my Dad, who was diagnosed in June 2010 with Stage 1V NSCLC with single met to brain,
    He sadly lost his battle in August 2010 and we miss his smiling Irish blue eyes terribly.
    My Dad's story:
    http://www.cancerforums.net/threads/...th-how-he-died.

 
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