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allisok 08-30-2004 12:37 PM

surviver
 
Question, has anyone overcome lung cancer? Is it 100% fatal all the time? Are there any experimental treatments out there?
My Mom died of lung cancer 8 years ago. Curious if anyone gets better.

DAA 08-30-2004 12:59 PM

Re: surviver
 
my father was a 6 year survivor of lung cancer. It did come back in the other lung after 6 years and he did pass away from it. I suppose people can be clear, but its hard to say.

sawbuck44 08-30-2004 01:21 PM

Re: surviver
 
It all depends on the stage lung cancer is found in. It is usually not detected until an advanced stage when it is harder to treat. My brother was diagnosed at stage 3b lung cancer a little over 8 months ago and given 1 to 5 years survival. Unfortunately, he only made it 8 months. There are too many variables to really predict the outcome.

RitaB 08-30-2004 08:12 PM

Re: surviver
 
My brother-in-law was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer about 10 years ago and was discouraged by the cancer specialists in his town to consider the quality of life should he consider chemo. He and his wife flew to Houston and got a second opinion. They disagreed totally and told them they felt he had an extremely good chance of overcoming it. It would have one of 2 effects: either it would do nothing or it would wipe it out. B/c his health was extremely good, they gave a very, very strong regiment of chemo. After many months of this after they felt his body had taken all it could take, they stopped the treatments did a scan and it showed only a small amount left. They told him that the chemo still in his body would continue to fight that and that it would probably get it. Can't remember exactly when this was but I know it had to be at least 10 years ago. He goes for a yearly check up now and so far it has been cleaned. So yes, there are survivors. And this was his 2nd bout with lung cancer. Just a few years before that, an xray by accident found a spot on his lung. 5 surgeons consulted - 3 said to wait and 2 said to operate. He chose to operate to remove that part of his lung.

So, don't hesitate to be extremely agressive and go for a 2nd opion.

sawbuck44 08-31-2004 03:11 AM

Re: surviver
 
rita, my brother was also diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. what stage was your bil's cancer found in? that is wonderful he survived. second opinions are a good thing to get.


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