How long ?????

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How long ?????

by Littlelace on Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with adenomcarinoma non-small cell Stage IV lung cancer in April.  He began chemo and radiation the beginning of May.  My question is:  How long have you (or your loved one) been living a quality life with this type of cancer?  Right now (since he is in treatment) he's not well most of the time but I'm hopeful that will turn around.

 

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by annb64 on Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:00 AM

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Survival rates vary quite a bit and depends on so many factors.  At the time I was diagnosed w/ stage 4 NSCLC, I was debating on whether or not to swithch to a new job.  My oncologist indicated that I had "years to live", he just couldn't say how many.  The best advice he could give me was to continue healthy patterns in my life - good diet, exercise, and continued support of my family and friends.  It has been 10 months since my dx and I feel great.  I am Tarceva chemo and it seems to be working to reduce the size of the cancer cells.  While it will not completely eliminate the cancer from my lungs, I am living a relatively normal life.  I wish your husband the best.  One additional thing - do not read the survival rates on line - because the medical history there is not up to date (at least five years old). 

I wish you and your husband the very best.  Stay positive and enjoy each day you have together. 

Keep smiling :)  amb 

 

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by Linda4242 on Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:00 AM

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We are all different and even though we all have cancer it affects each of us differently.  Your husband can live a LONG time!  I was diagnosed June 4, 2008 with stage IV adenocarcinoma (NSCLC), and both my lungs are compromised, but it has been over a year now and I'm still feeling fine.  After chemo I went on Tarceva and there were times when the side effects were pretty awful, but they pass as your body adjusts to the meds. The Tarceva keeps the tumor in check, so, even though it doesn't go away, it isn't growing either.

I have never asked "how long".  I know that I will have this for as long as I live, so I live the best I can everyday.  Don't despair, and take every opportunity you can for joy -- the opportunities are endless! 

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by esthela on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:00 AM

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I'm glad to hear that there is hope.  My mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4 and is just starting her treatment.  The doctor said that her cancer won't go away, which it didnt make sense to me, and that survival rate can be 11 months?  It seems rather small success rate and that's why I was looking at this board to see what other people have gone through.  She is starting chemo next week.

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by Iwillsurvive on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:00 AM

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My husband was originally diagnosed in 1/07 with mets (stage IV) in 12/07.  When the cancer spread to his brain in Feb, 08 we were told "With treatment - 4-6 months..... without treatment - 4-6 WEEKS"  Well, he's fought hard but he's been here a full year past the estimates.  We've witnessed the birth of our first grandson, he walked our daughter down the aisle, we've had wonderful family vacations and we are awaiting the arrival of our second grandson.  Keep a good attitude, laugh and PRAY. 

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by jcr65566 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hi Littlelace sorry for what your both going through I don't know if this might help. or not. I just want to know and ask if any one can answer my question I have prostrate cancer. And it to is adenomcarinoma. I know this type of cancer is sex hormone dependent. what I want to know is dos any one know if lung adenomcarinoma is the same as prostrate adenomcarinoma. because I treat my cancer with holistic trements. One of the main products I use is a treatment for prostate BHP called Trinovin tablet they contain Isoflovones. these are a natural plant extract, derived from Red clover (Trifolium pratense). One tablet contains 40mg of a standardised ratio of the isoflavones formononetin, daidzein, biochanin A and genistein. Other ingredients include calcium as calcium hydrogen phosphate. I take two 40mg tablets in the morning and two at night How this works told by my naturopath is the isoflavones take the place of the sex hormone on the cancer receptors, there by blocking them, so that the sex hormone cant get to the cancer cell, and because the cancer cell is sex hormones dependent, it staves and dies Since I've been on these my psa coming down. to half what it was and it still dropping so if adenomcarinoma. behaves the same as mine the red clover may work for you husband all the best and if any one knows please let me know cheers Ray

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by tinaged on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Look online for "CyberKnife" and see if she is a candidate, my girlfriends mom was given 6 months and the doctor said there was no treatment for her.

My girlfriend found CyberKnife and took 3 treatments in one week and it was totally gone!

I wish you the best, God bless!

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by tinaged on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Look into CyberKnife online, see if you are a candidate.

My girlfriends mom was given 6 months and there was no treatment for her cancer on her brain.

she had 3 CyberKnife treatments in one week and the tumor is totally gone.

God bless.

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by Joan_l_3 on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Ray,

Very few Stage IV pancreatic cancer patients live for 5 years.  Only those able to have Whipple surgery have a chance to survive for that long.  When Patrick Swayze spoke with Barbara Walters, he spoke about surviving 2 years.  Unfortunately, that wasn't to be for him.

Patients having cyberknife treatment have varied reactions, much depending upon the individual patient.  This lady who is writing to ask about the time left for her husband, who has lung cancer, probably isn't better off hearing that it didn't help Patrick survive.  Pancreatic cancer is a notorious killer and since her husband has a different cancer, it just doesn't seem helpful to add that information.  She needs to be uplifted.

Good thoughts for all on this board.

Joan L

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