I believe that ALL newly diagnosed LC patients would benefit from this post....
This is meant for all new members signing on, still with such great fear in them, from a diagnosis like lung cancer?
Hang on to your hats.
Read the stories of all of our survivors on this forum.
Don't read the statistics.
It will scare you even more so.
There are many of us who were given death sentences years ago.
I am almost at 5 years in remission when I was given up for dead.
That is right.
I was given 12 to 15 months.
Think it didn't scare me to death?
I don't know what was worse, worrying about treatments I could try as they put it, or dealing with how this cancer was going to eat me up.
But, you know what happened?
It did not eat me up.
I had put my entire life on the HOLD button because I was waiting to die.
Don't waste your time, the docs are not always right, in fact many times they are not right.
I am alive and doing pretty good on most days/.
So hang on tight for the ride, it is an emotional rollercoaster of fears of the unknown.
None of my journey has been easy, but it wasn't all as bad as I had figured on either.
Many people are scared to death at the thought of radiation.
Simple for me, I went, laid on a table for no more than 3 to 5 minutes, and painlessly got the treatments, and was out of the offic within 10 minutes!
I sat in a lovely place, filled with caring people as they hook you up to an IV, nothing that will make you ill, you just sit there and they give it to you over the course of some time.
Many volunteers were always present at my site.
They had open arms with food selections, beverages, kind words, hats, wigs to show, and those warm toasty blankets right out of the blanket warmer!!
I never felt so loved in all of my life!!
I did not ever mind going for any treatments.
I did have a prescription for an anti -anxiety medications from my oncologist so I could take them before I had any treatments.
The fear in me was so great, I did choose to take the pills.
It helped me and I went easily for every one of them.
I am alive and well and in a remission for almost 5 years.
Some of us are at 7 years, My friend and phone buddy "grandmado" is a member on here who may write n this board and give you her experience, there is John who just put his own post on about being clear for 11 years!! There are many more who I hope will join me in this posting.
This is a milestone people.!!!! We have come a long, long way!! We are far from there yet... but we will get there, and it is going to be in our time frame here.
We are going to continue to fight this battle until we have won.
And ... I personally want you to know I am here to talk and chat and educate on any thing I may have learned in my own words and in my own experience.
Take care, and may God bless you as he has done me.
I just wanted to add that Cuddles was my little blond pomeranium who has passed away now.
Not my name at all.
I used it as a screen name because I loved her so much!!
Approximately 219,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the U.S. each year – over 103,000 women and nearly 116,000 men.1
Lung cancer kills more than 160,000 people annually – more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.1
Lung cancer is responsible for more than 28% of all cancer-related deaths every year.1
Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer. Approximately 87 percent of lung cancer cases occur in people who are currently smoking or have previously smoked.2
Although the risk of developing lung cancer goes down with smoking cessation, a significant risk remains for 20 years or longer after quitting.2, 3
Approximately 50 percent of all lung cancers (106,500) occur in people who have already quit smoking.4
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause of lung cancer among never-smokers.5
More people who have never smoked die from lung cancer than do people from AIDS or liver cancer or ovarian cancer.6, 7
Risk factors for lung cancer other than those from smoking include lung scarring from tuberculosis, and occupational or environmental exposures to radon, second-hand smoke, radiation, asbestos, air pollution, arsenic and some organic chemicals.1
Only 16 percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed before their disease has spread to other parts of their bodies, (e.g., regional lymph nodes and beyond), compared to more than 50 percent of breast cancer patients, and 90 percent of prostate cancer patients.1, 8
Men’s mortality (death) rates from lung cancer began declining more than 20 years ago, while women’s lung cancer mortality rates have been rising for decades and just recently began to stabilize.9
African Americans experience the highest incidence of lung cancer, and the highest death rate.10
Roughly 84 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer die within five years of their diagnosis, compared to 11 percent of breast cancer and less than 1 percent of prostate cancer patients.1
Less money is spent on lung cancer research than on research on other cancers. In 2007, the National Cancer Institute estimated it spent only it spent only $1,415 per lung cancer death compared to $13,991 per breast cancer death, $10,945 per prostate cancer death, and $4,952 per colorectal cancer.1, 11
How Can I Reduce My Risk?
If you smoke, get the help you need to quit (state quitlines can be accessed at www.naquitline.org or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW).
If you live in an area with high levels of radon coming from the bedrock (see www.epa.gov/radon), consider having your house tested for radon exposure. If radon levels are too high, a device can be installed to reduce them.
Eat a well-balanced diet and exercise. These activities help reduce the risk of all cancers.
If you smoke now or smoked in the past, or have a family history of lung cancer, consider speaking to your doctor about screening tests that may be available to you. Cancer is most treatable when it is detected early.
Last updated 06/09/09