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Old 10-03-2006, 06:57 PM   #1
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Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

I can't believe this. My best friend (we have known each other since grade school) has just been diagnosed with LC. I don't even know what kind yet.

She went in for a routine colonoscopy, and her "new" doc said she needed a little better physical, since she hadn't had one in many years. A routine chest x-ray showed a spot on her lung and a ct scan confirmed it. While they had her asleep for the colonoscopy, they biopsy it, and it came back cancer.

She is going to the Cleveland Clinic Friday to see a specialist. This doctor didn't even tell her what kind, couldn't they tell from the biopsy? Could he be wrong?

Please help. I am soooo scared for her. Otherwise she is a very active, healthy 48 year old women.

 
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:44 AM   #2
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

How did they biopsy the Lung Cancer while doing the colonoscopy, or did they also do a broncoscopy?

Lung Cancer is tough, but until they determine what kind and what stage it is hard to say what the treatment and outlook looks like...

 
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:38 PM   #3
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

She said while they had her asleep for the colonoscopy, they did a broncoscopy. I guess we will know for sure Friday, or at least know more. I will keep posting. Thanks for the reply.

 
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I will pray that they caught your friends cancer in the early stage as I have met lung cancer survivors that had it 25-30 yrs ago all had surgery to remove it and some had chemo and or radiation some didn't. The earlier it is caught the better. Your friend may only be 48 but lung cancer does not seem to care as there are people in their 20's with lung cancer. God bless you for being such a good friend that you have already come here to learn what you can for your friend, friends like you are not common enough! JanMarie

 
Old 10-04-2006, 06:06 PM   #5
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Hi sorry about your friend also. My prayers go out to her. But how they perform a coloscopy and decide something else is wrong? I don't mean to be funny or anything but that at the other end of her body. They can tell if something else is wrong? God bless, Linda

 
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

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Sorry to hear of your friend being so young...my husband was diagnosed when he was only 51 and never smoked and have heard of much younger. Yes, they should be able to tell you what type of lung cancer from the biopsy. Please let us know and we will keep her in our prayers....
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:04 PM   #7
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

Thanks so much, you guys are great! This isn't my first time dealing with cancer. My mother died in 95 of colon cancer. It was horrible.

Linda-in-NJMy friend went to the doctor for a regular check up. She had a colonoscopy last year and they found polyps. This visit was to a new Doctor for a recheck on last years colonoscopy.

The new Doc decided, since she was a new patient (of his) to do some routine physical stuff, which she hadn't had in a very long time and her pushing 50 and all, he highly recommened a good physical exam.

A chest x ray showed something so he did a ct scan. It confirmed it. So while he had her out for the colonoscopy, he did the bronoscopy as well.

Her appointment is tomorrow (Friday) I will post back Monday and let you guys know the outcome. Thanks for your support.

 
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Thanks for the reply and explanation, Kickle. I will be praying that all goes well for your friend and yes, please keep us informed.

 
Old 10-06-2006, 11:16 PM   #9
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

I am fairly new myself. My dad was diagnosed with tumors yesterday during a broncoscopy they did not tell us much either but made an appointment with an oncologist for next Friday.

I will be praying for you and your friend.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:09 PM   #10
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We certainly need those prayers. She went to the specialist and has to go for more testing possibly next week. So we still don't know for sure.

I am so sorry about your father. How old is he? Cancer is not always a death sentence. I have been thru it before with my Mother and several other family members. With outcomes all quite different. We will have to wait and see, the waiting is the hardest.

 
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My dad is only 58. He has to go again tomorrow to have the fluids drained from around his lung. It has been a really hard adjustment for all of us. It seems the older I get (I'm 34) the younger they are. I know it's not always a death sentence I've been during a lot of thinking the last couple of days. At first that is all I could think. My daddy is dying, I'm not ready for that to happen. Now, I'm taking one day at a time and being completely optomistic. Mom is Ok with dad being sick she knows he may not make it but she is being optomistic as well. We are patiently waiting for Friday Oct 13th to come so we can find out dads options.
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:57 PM   #12
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

Tomorrows the day. She goes in for all the testing. Scans, blood work, some sort of pulmanary (sp?) funtions, etc. I don't how long it will take to get the results back, but everyone keep us in your prayers please

 
Old 10-17-2006, 03:18 PM   #13
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Trust me you and your friend will be in many prayers tonight! JanMarie

 
Old 10-19-2006, 12:18 PM   #14
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

She had all the testing yesterday, and went to the Dr. immediately after with the results of the tests. She still didn't ask what type of cancer she has, but here is what they told her.

Cancer has not spread. There are two spots in the right lung one large and one much smaller close to her heart. Their suggestion. Radiation and Chemo starting Nov. 1. going thru the end of January. No chance of surgery. They gave her a 50% chance. And also said because she is so much younger and healthier, I am hopeful. It's better than no chance.

Thank you so much for your support. Please keep me posted on your loved ones progress.

 
Old 10-30-2006, 01:49 PM   #15
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Re: Best Friend diagnosed with LC at 48!

Just a quick update. We are starting Chemo and radiation next week. The treatments will be about 5 days a week for awhile, that's all I know so far. We have a shopping trip planned tomorrow, we are going to do the usual girl stuff at the mall, and while we are at it, look at wigs and hats and stuff like that before all this gets underway. Any suggestions about what we should buy or have on hand? Thanks again.

 
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