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Confused: Lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and more

Cancer | Last Active: Oct 26, 2021 | Replies (109)

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shamrock5jeg- Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It's nice to meet you. You did very well for your first time on a forum. You also picked one that is special and different from any other forum as we are patients sharing our stories and offering support. We are not medical professionals. I'm the Mentor for the lung cancer group at Connect and I hear you loud and clear wanting to dance again! I actually did a few years back.

You have a lot going on at once. There's nothing trivial about cancer and certainly not lung cancer. Our lung's primary function is to take good air in and get rid of H2o. Disease, cancer, and chemicals, to name a few can damage and alter how we do this. Do you have any idea about the origins of your pulmonary fibrosis?

There are two types: The most common type of PF is IPF, which stands for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This means this type of PF has no known cause. Most IPF patients first start noticing symptoms between the ages of 50 and 70 years old. It is more common in men, but the number of cases of IPF in women is on the rise.

Some cases of PF are caused by autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or Sjogren's syndrome. Certain viral infections and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are also risk factors for PF. GERD is a condition in which acid from your stomach backs up into your throat. Some people who have GERD may breathe in tiny drops of acid from their stomachs, which may injure the lungs.

I can understand why SBRT wouldn't be used for your right lung, there is always more lung damage. It's the nature of the beast. I've had it done twice, once to each lung. What kind of treatment is planned for your right lung?

I'm going to ask @colleenyoung to move this to the Lung Cancer group where you can meet other people who have lung cancer too. Do you know what type of lung cancer you have?

Merry

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The fibrosis is idiopathic. The lung cancer is nsc. No treatment planned for the rt lung due to several factors.The fibrosis will get me before the cancer. Just gonna have fun while I can. Live the Florida lifestyle!

@merpreb One additional note. Lost 2 daughters and my wife, drank too much after my wife passed away, thus the pancreatitis. No one else to blame. 64 yrs of marriage gone in a month.. Brain cancer is horrible.