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Subject: Non small cell lung cancer
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 12:54 PM ET
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is there anybody out there that can tell me about this in simple terms? My dad just got diagnosed with this and I'm hearing second hand information, i get what my mother understands of what the doctors have told her. I need to know what is really going on with my dad so if anyone can help I would be grateful for it.

Nikki

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 12:57 PM ET
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its called Squamous cell -- i believe

 

 

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 1:01 PM ET
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Nichelle,

If you go to  www.cancer.gov  and use their search feature, you'll get some excellent information.  Good luck.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 8:46 AM ET
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There's another forum on here called health, mind & body.  Perhaps if you posted there, you might run into someone with some information on the diagnosis.  Good luck and I hope all turns out well with your dad.

Subject: Check with American Cancer Society
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:03 AM ET
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Most hospitals, cancer centers, doctors offices and online have American cancer society pamphlets and information.  You need to find out if the cancer is operable and what stage he is in at this juncture.  My husband was diagnosed with a very early stage and only required surgery.  This cancer is slower growing than small cell lung cancer.  It is more often more treatable with surgery than small cell lung cancer.  See if your parents will let you contact the doctor directly to ask questions, we were fortunate that my husband's oncologist was very accomodating with our questions.  If you live close enough try to go to one appointment with them just to be another set of ears.  The thing that we discovered was that we were so emotionally involved in each visit that we never heard and understood all that was said in the visits.  Fortunately my sister-in-law went with us and was able to hear more of what was said and give it back to us after the appointment.

My husband was extremely fortunate that his cancer was found as early as it was and he has done very well.  Ask lots of questions and do your research either online or thru the cancer organizations and facilities near you.  FIND A SUPPORT GROUP both for yourself and your parents if possible.  They are invaluable!!!   GOOD Luck!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 10:45 PM ET
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thanks so much everyone i've been looking at the sites and all and it has been helpful. My dad is in stage 3. He is going through radiation 5 days a week and chemotherapy (sp) 3 days. They are very excited that it hasnt spread to his brain. Ill keep the forum as updated as possible. Talk to everyone later.

Nikki