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Cancer as a Chronic Condition

LeeAnn Robinson is a radiotherapist who works with cancer patients. She was diagnosed in 2015 with stage IV lung cancer and has undergone targeted treatment for the ALK mutation. Her treatment has also consisted of chemotherapy and radiation, and she has undergone surgery to repair broken and compromised bones. LeeAnn sat down with me to discuss the current state of medical treatment for lung cancer patients and the obstacles that many of them face when they are initially diagnosed because of the lack of information most people have regarding cancer care.


Editor’s Note: We are extremely saddened to say that on October 21, 2018, Jeffrey Poehlmann passed away. Jeffrey’s advocacy efforts and writing continue to reach many. He will be deeply missed.

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  • angoragirl
    4 days ago

    I found out I had extensive small cell lung cancer in sept 2017 I had 2 big tumors in my right lung which spread to my lymph nodes and a liver was a third full .i did chemo by dec 5 I was clear so then I did the pci ( brain radiation) this would give me more time in case it comes back it doesn’t go to my brain.and then I did maintenance chemo for 4 months and I’m fairly good ! No cancer , I’m Alive gained 40 pounds which I didn’t need that! I would to get it off . I garden heavy in the summer .i live in northern minn so it gets very cold in the winter here.

  • Margot moderator
    2 days ago

    @angoragirl thank you so much for sharing here. I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. Gardening sounds wonderful! Thinking of you. Best, Margot, Team

  • Judyr60
    3 months ago

    Leeann I was diagnosed in 2015 with stage 3B lung cancer too. I broke both of my arms in 2016. Life sure has changed alot for me since. I would like to keep in touch with you sounds like we have alot in common!

  • Alisa moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi @judyr60, my life certainly has changed since my diagnosis, too (19 years ago). We are here for you, you are not alone. Please reach out to us any time. Alisa, Team

  • lemahler
    7 months ago

    diagnosed in 2011 with adenoiud cystic carcinoma of the lungs, this after being diagnosed with ACC of lacrimal gland in 2007. i have never thought this was a death sentence; always thought i could beat this like the common cold, never a day of chemo or any type of chemical warfare, just days of vitmamins, herbs, supplements, now, 20 tumors shrinking, disappearing. as investigative journalist of 36 years, and whose father died of lung cancer, i couldn’t stop researching, finding alternatives to modern medicine. this is just me, and what i’ve found that works for me. i’m also an emphysema patient, struggling either way.

  • Margot moderator
    7 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience @lemahler. Thinking of you! We always recommend checking with one’s doctor before making any changes to treatment plans for those reading as reactions can vary by person – so glad you are feeling better! Best, Margot, Team

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