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My brother has lung cancer

Few weeks ago my brother received information that he has lung cancer (no talks on staging yet). The information we received is that he has a small tumor on his right lung. Currently we are waiting for the result of the tumor sample they took and we should receive it this week. While waiting for the final results he received chemotherapy 2 weeks ago.

However, last week a brain scan revealed that he has 5 small (1mm) brain metastases. On Friday this week he will receive gamma knife surgery for the metastasis.

So... we are in shock. He is only 39 years old, very healthy, never smoked.

I just wanted to write something somewhere.

  1. I'm so sorry to hear your brother got diagnosed with lung cancer, I know how shocking and overwhelming that can be. Your brother, being so young and a non-smoker, most likely has a targetable mutation, which takes about 2 weeks or more to find out from the tumor sample. I was diagnosed 22 years ago, please know there have been so many treatment advancements since then, hope is real! Feel free to reach out to us anytime, and update us if you'd like. Many of us have been through what you, your brother and your family are going through, we are here to share and support each other. Warmly, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

    1. This is just what I needed and thank you for this. Like most people I started to google and that is not recommended, but it's too late now. As I mentioned currently we don't know what mutations he has and what the treetment will be.

    2. I do the same with google, but keep in mind the lung cancer stats are not up to date. It is so scary what we will find on the internet, but not so much in real life. Will be looking for updates! ~ Alisa

  2. Hi . So sorry to hear of your brother's diagnosis. It is good that he has you seeking out information and avenues of support (but yes, Dr. Google can lead to a lot of confusion and anxiety). As noted, hoping the samples taken are being tested for biomarkers. I want to share with you this article from our contributor Dusty on information for the newly diagnosed, including biomarkers: https://lungcancer.net/living/newly-diagnosed-information. In addition, this article from Donna also offers tips: https://lungcancer.net/living/tips-newly-diagnosed. I don't mean to further inundate you with information, but thought hearing from those who have actually been there may be of help. Finally, I want to say that it is important for you and other family members and loved ones to take care of yourselves. This article offers tips for caregivers: https://lungcancer.net/caregiver/five-tips-caregivers. Please know that people here understand and that this community is here for you and your brother. Best, Richard (LungCancer.net Team)

    1. Hello , I'm very sorry to hear that your brother has been diagnosed with lung cancer; I understand how scary and upsetting that can be. Recently I met a childhood buddy and discovered that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is in the middle stages of the disease. Be there for your brother, offer support, and treat him the same way before he was diagnosed.

      1. Thank you for sharing with our community and showing such compassion. We appreciate you being here! Warmly, Alisa, LungCancer.net Team

    2. Sorry to hear of your brother's diagnosis. This disease really hits hard when diagnosed so very young. We're happy you've found this community to share. We appreciate you. Wishing you and your family the very best!

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