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Just diagnosed

Was diagnosed with small cell stage 4 in February. Doing chemo but it’s bringing me to my knees. I’m trying to cope and my family has been fantastic. Quit smoking in 2018 after being diagnosed with COPD. WILL I start feeling better? Thanks in advance.

  1. I was just diagnosed with lung cancer on April the 12th.Had a bronchoscopy done last Tuesday and the biopsy and the confirmed the mass was malignant.It is a 3cm mass right now. Is he ave an appointment with an oncologist on June 1st.I go for the PET scan on June 20th,to find out what stage it is and if it has spread.I also found out out on March 30th that I have an adenoma on one of my parathyroid glands that is elevating my Calcium levels and causing brain fog and constant tiredness. I quit smoking 3 1/2years ago .I'm an Air Force vet and get treated at the VA in Detroit.

    1. at what point would the bio markers be done, I've had CT, no contrast, chest XRay, scheduled for pet w/contrast next Wednesday

    2. Usually tissue is sent out for testing either from a tissue biopsy or tissue from a surgery. If that is not available, they can do a liquid biopsy (from a blood draw). Sometimes they do both. I would discuss this with your doctor to make sure it is done. Please keep us updated. All the best, Alisa, Lung Cancer Team Patient Leader

  2. I do hope you will start feeling better and treatments get easier for you. What treatment are you on? I know you are thankful that you have a loving supportive family. That is so important. Warmly, Sandy( patient leader)

    1. CommunityMember521179, I am sorry to hear you are having such a rough time with the chemo treatments. Have you reported all the side effects to your medical care team? We also have a site for COPD you may find helpful: I am also attaching a link below to an article written by our Editorial Team. Congrats on quitting smoking and wishing you all the best, reach out anytime, we are here to support each other. Warmly, Alisa, Lung Cancer Team Patient Leader

      1. CommunityMemberc32a02, I am sorry to hear you were diagnosed. I was diagnosed with lung cancer 23 years ago, and remember how overwhelming everything was at the beginning. There have been so many advances since "back in my day" that there is every reason to be positive. I hope your medical care team can get your calcium levels back to normal and you get some energy back. Wishing you all the best with your upcoming scans. Please feel free to update us, we are here to share and support each other. I also want to thank you for your service. Kindly, Alisa, Lung Cancer Team Patient Leader

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