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Old 12-21-2006, 09:58 AM   #29
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Re: Small lung cancer in 63 year old

I don't really know what reading would be helpful other than just getting the facts from reputable online sites.

The doctor my mother is going to at the Massey Cancer Institute in Richmond has one of the five year survivors under his care. That's right, the 2% that live on with this disease and fight on to live way longer than they expect, and he has treated her going on her fifth year with SCLC (extended, too!). While I realize it's important to be realistic, there is something to be said for hope and optimism, too. There are some people who outlive their diagnosis. And reading their stories is inspirational. I've even found many good stories on this site--not just "we beat it" but "we're still around, trying to beat it" or "our outcome was better than expected." Small joys, small miracles. They are out there. Best to you and yours.