Re: [MOL] Introduction 0 albeit a bit longer than I intended [13701] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Introduction 0 albeit a bit longer than I intended



Mary, I hope you don't mind my input on the fluid draining. We found that the
oncologists don't mention these things, but we have a wonderful
internist/pulmonologist specialist who we saw before the oncologists last December,
and he has told us that when this becomes necessary he will do it. Mayble this is a
universal thing, where the oncologists don't say anything, I don't know. This doctor
was also instrumental in getting George on oxygen, which is the best thing that has
happened so far, as far as his quality of life. Just thought I'd throw that in. Joan

Mary Furfaro wrote:

> Dear Donna,
> I have four children and one of them will turn l6 tomorrow.  Stay off
> the roads!!  My oldest is l9, and I have a 7year old and a 5 year old.
> All girls except the 5 year old.
>
> Donna, did they drain any fluid from your pluera?  They haven't done
> that to my husband and I noticed they did to Suzanne.  My husband's
> is in his chest cavity also.  I wonder why they haven't talked about
> draining any fluid?
>
> We are still waiting to hear from Dr. Lederman.  Hope it is soon.
> Angelo only has two chemo sessions left.
>
> Good LUck in New York,
> Bless You,
> Mary
>
> >
> > Hello Suzanne,
> >
> > We are neighbors! I live in Sykesville, MD.  I was diagnosed on July 13, 1998
> > with adenocarcinoma, non small cell lung cancer.  Upper right lung.  I had all
> > the symptoms you did.  I first went to the doctors on June 23.  They did x-
> > rays, and Ct scan which turned up a 4.8 cmx4.0 mass. Right now they cannot
> > surgically remove it due to the location.  I am 35 years old.  I started
> > smoking when I was 18. I have three children (3,8 and 13 (as of tomorrow)).  I
> > can't believe I'll have a teenager.
> >
> > At this point they have not staged my cancer.  They have been telling me stage
> > II or
> > III.  I know what you mean about remaining positive when everything else is so
> > scary.  But I always keep in mind that only God knows for sure when my time is
> > up not the doctors.  I like to think in 18 years I will be sharing my success
> > story with other cancer patients.  It can and will be done.  I believe God has
> > sent me on a mission.  And I will not let him down.  Don't get me wrong. There
> > have been many days when I have felt cheated. The, Why is this happening to
> > me? syndrome.  I try my best not to go there.  There are mysteries in life
> > that are better left unknown.
> >
> > I am due to start chemo next week.  I plan on getting radiation treatment at
> > Staten Island University Hospital.  They have a very effective radiation
> > treatment of  tumors.  Over 90% success rate.  I will get chemo in Baltimore.
> > Harborview Cancer Center.
> >
> > If there is anything I can do, please let me know since we live so close.
> >
> > Take care,
> >
> > Donna
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