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Symptoms of stage 4 lung cancer - diagnosed 1 month ago

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Feb 5 12:33pm | Replies (68)

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Oh @stramont what a month you’ve had!
First this is a wonderful community to provide support and sometimes insight into what others may have experienced that is similar. And there are awesome mentors who can help with what questions you may want to run by your treatment team, or just be a friendly shoulder. I’m sure one of them will see your post soon and respond.

I had a small mass removed from my left lower lobe in late May and I had a Bronchoscopy before the surgery to mark the mass with dye. Ultimately it was found and proven to be malignant and I had a lobectomy of that left lower lobe. I can’t speak to what’s “normal” or expected after the Bronchoscopy but I had hoarseness and soreness afterwards. I didn’t lose my voice completely but I instinctively knew not to push it. I live alone so can go long periods without talking. I just drank herb tea with honey and it seemed to help. I also sucked on an ice cube periodically because I wasn’t sure whether cold or warm would be best. Between them it only lasted about 3-4 days.

My overarching advice is to be assertive and ask your doc or his team for input. This is a time when the priority needs to be YOU! Yes, we will gladly give you virtual hugs because to one degree or another, we’ve all been there - or are there - and know how important it is to get input.
So you said you expected to hear a treatment plan on the 24th. Do you know yet what kind of cancer you have? I wasn’t sure if they did a biopsy with the bronchoscopy.

I hope you stay in touch here when you have a better idea of what you’re facing. There are a lot of people with loads of experience to help you make sense of what I’m sure is a jumble of thoughts and facts.

Warm, healing thoughts headed your way!!

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Many thanks for your timely response and encouraging words and advice. I am seeing my oncologist Tuesday with my son/ daughter-in-law for treatment options. In good spirits so far. Five kids with lots of love and support.