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    PS - Almost forgot to get off my soapbox and...

    PS - Almost forgot to get off my soapbox and answer your question. Best thing I can think of is to root around on Chris Karr's "Crazy Sexy Life" site. Pretty sure there are threads on lung cancer, if...
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    Hey, I have had one of those for years. Dentist...

    Hey, I have had one of those for years. Dentist said I had a drug resistant root canal infection but now my oncologists are saying it must be metastatic cancer. Whatever. It hasn't grown or done...
  3. As per previous, palliative just means comfort...

    As per previous, palliative just means comfort care. There's no reason a cancer patient can't get that while pursuing other treatment aimed at remission or cure. A palliative care specialist is...
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    Wow, geeze. FWIW, I had a round of treatment...

    Wow, geeze.

    FWIW, I had a round of treatment for a cancer one set of docs was calling Stage I and another were calling Stage IV. Spent nearly a year trying to get a definitive biopsy but couldn't...
  5. Thread: stage 3

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    That has to be pressure on the organs from the...

    That has to be pressure on the organs from the tumor/s. I had that once in a while before and a whole lot during treatment because of the "irritation," as my doctor put it. She gave me pills to...
  6. Thread: Waiting game

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    First thing: Stop worrying about what you did or...

    First thing: Stop worrying about what you did or didn't have to cause it. I tested negative for HPV and the basic STDs when I wound up in the ER with a 7 cm tumor on my cervix. And "PID" is just a...
  7. Thread: stage 3

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    Oh, and good luck! The one thing about cancer is...

    Oh, and good luck! The one thing about cancer is it's ill understood and unpredictable. So try to make the most of each moment and take any changes as they come. Hopefully there will be some good...
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    Wow, Alvin, don't sound so sad and discouraged. ...

    Wow, Alvin, don't sound so sad and discouraged.

    I wish I could be more help. I guess I don't know shit about palliative radiation ... that's what my one doc said she was doing with the six weeks...
  9. Thread: stage 3

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    As to what I did to have an easy time, that was...

    As to what I did to have an easy time, that was probably mostly due to luck and maybe my age and relative health. Like I said, I tried to eat a lot of good food throughout treatment (and drank a lot...
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    Get to a library and find a book or look online...

    Get to a library and find a book or look online for general cancer treatment info ... the docs may even give your mom some handouts about it.

    I had a real easy time of it, but one of the first...
  11. Hey Jeff ... relax for a sec. Believe it or not,...

    Hey Jeff ... relax for a sec. Believe it or not, you may be able to get through this without missing a beat. Presume that until doctors tell you otherwise. I had a big (like tennis ball big) female...
  12. Thread: stage 3

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    PS because radiation fries your guts, I strongly...

    PS because radiation fries your guts, I strongly recommend making sure your mom eats well as soon as she can. Now doctors never said anything about this, but I am pretty convinced that keeping your...
  13. Thread: stage 3

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    Wow, I hate to hear about you having such a hard...

    Wow, I hate to hear about you having such a hard time.

    I am no expert, but I'm fairly sure the radiation won't be hard to take. Really, it doesn't feel like anything or make you sick like...
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    Hey, Sabrina. First off, not even a world...

    Hey, Sabrina. First off, not even a world renowned specialist in whatever's going on with you would go anywhere near weighing in on symptoms described in an online forum. You need a real-life exam,...
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    Ruled out? Meaning they took a sample from one of...

    Ruled out? Meaning they took a sample from one of the lymph nodes and confirmed it wasn't cancer? All the pictures and body fluid tests in the world won't rule out local infections, viruses and...
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    That's the main point right there. I was so busy...

    That's the main point right there. I was so busy being indignant, I wasn't even paying attention to the actual details of the post. I suspect most of the testimonials from people who say they were...
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    Hey, Alvin. Here are some more ideas for your...

    Hey, Alvin. Here are some more ideas for your foods list: http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/services/sgog/LowResidueDiet.html. The Australian NSW had a real good info sheet on the subject, but I can't...
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    With all due respect, that's just sick to claim...

    With all due respect, that's just sick to claim you're so special that God healed you for being devout even as millions of people who were more religious, more giving and more innocent remain...
  19. Thread: cin2 help

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    There's a thread here about CIN3 called...

    There's a thread here about CIN3 called "carcinoma in situ" -- misleading name for a "stage 0" pre-cancer that docs will want to get rid of. I replied with everything I know and links to more info....
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    Alvin, that sounds terrible, and probably beyond...

    Alvin, that sounds terrible, and probably beyond my ability to give any kind of advice. Mine was 7 cm, the size of a tennis ball, and radiation completely got rid of it. Are docs sure it's spread...
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    I can't address the Pap and early diagnosis...

    I can't address the Pap and early diagnosis business -- not a regular doctor patron ... that's the reason I'm here. :P

    Seems to me, carcinoma "in situ" would mean cancer confined to the cervix....
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    "Palliative care" means care not meant to cure...

    "Palliative care" means care not meant to cure and targeted at making her feel better. If she's that debilitated, they ought to be getting her into some kind of treatment ASAP. She shouldn't be...
  23. Thread: stage 3

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    I should know whether Stage III is curable and...

    I should know whether Stage III is curable and may have read that somewhere, but I can't remember for sure and can't find an article that addresses that directly. Try Google and be sure to put that...
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    I'm with Di in the not too familiar with the fine...

    I'm with Di in the not too familiar with the fine points of modern early-early stage treatment camp. FWIW, though, sounds to me like a hysterectomy would be a healthier option than nipping away at it...
  25. Thread: stage 3

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    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Do you have any...

    Oh, I am sorry to hear that. Do you have any treatment lined up? Radiation can shrink up the tumor at least enough to relieve those problems. The imaging would have shown if it was the tumor pressing...
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