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Thread: Chemo, Radiation, & Surgery - Two and half years later

  1. #31
    Moderator Top User jorola's Avatar
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    Always wonderful to hear Mike. All the best to you and your family.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!

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    Over two weeks with no new posts.

    Here is an update: I am doing good. Haven't had much time on my bicycle but I've been walking a bunch and lifting weights twice a week time permitting. The past 6 weeks I've been putting in extra effort at work because we are hosting a big expo of sorts. We've never done a big expo but since I have managed some events they have me managing the logistics portion of the expo. It's been stressful but the expo runs June 1-5 so it will be over soon. My family is fine. My youngest daughter's team just won the local championship for lacrosse.

    mike
    At the time - 46 yo male, non-smoker
    Sept 2012 - DX - One tumor NSCLC Squamous Cell Right Upper Lung
    Oct 2012 - TX - Treatment similar to Pancoast Tumor - Pre-operation radiation and chemo (5.5 weeks of IGRT and 3 cycles of Cisplatin and Etoposide)
    Dec 2012 - Surgery - Remove RUL, Surgical Pathology Report Adenocarcinoma T2N0M0
    Now - Wait, watch, & pray

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    Great news Mike, as always. Putting together the logistics for an Expo is a pretty big undertaking but June 1st is right around the corner. Congrats to your daughters Lacrosse team. Lacrosse is a big deal around our area so I know how proud you are of your daughter. I miss those days. Our son is soon to be 28 and got married a year ago and just moved into their new home. Our daughter, 26, is getting married this coming October so it has been fun planning for the big event.

    Enjoy the warm weather and try to find time to get out on that bike of yours.....

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    Isn't it wonderful to report on normal stuff? Awesome job by your youngest daughter! Sounds like you are busy with work. All wonderful. Thanks for updating us.
    My oldest bought a condo about 15 min away and moved out May 3. LOL the one thing he took with him when he moved was his little brother so I became an empty nester overnight. I cried the night before they moved out but after the craziness of the move and the hard work I have been quite happy with my quiet and clean house.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!

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    Hi Mike,

    So, for the expo, do you have to wear a suit & tie, like normal? Or can you chill?

    “Your youngest daughter's team just won the local championship for lacrosse.” Now you have to go buy her a titanium stick!! Aren’t children wonderful! We cherish each event in their lives. Their glee warms our heart and keeps us going.
    ‘Grats on staying clear and doing good. BUT, take the time to keep us in the loop!

    Warmest regards to you, your wife, and the girls!
    zim

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    Quote Originally Posted by icaps3 View Post
    So, for the expo, do you have to wear a suit & tie, like normal? Or can you chill?
    Zim, I'm more of a polo shirt guy. I don't generally wear ties let alone suits. Planning to wear jeans during the construction phase and polo during the show.

    mike

 

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