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Symptoms of stage 4 lung cancer - diagnosed 1 month ago

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Yes, a biopsy of both lungs. Non-cell carcinoma in both. Four lymph nodes sampled with one positive and three negative.

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Hi @stramont, I suspect you've heard more information, though it's easy to lose the details. 85% of all lung cancers are non-small cell. There are subsets of that category. For example, I have the EGFR mutation, Exon 19. I asked my PA to write it down when she first told me. That additional information determines my treatment of Tagrisso. Without the EGFR mutation, there are several other treatment options.

Bringing someone along to your visit is a great idea. Learning that you have cancer is an emotional experience, no matter how many times it happens. For now, be very careful with your balance. I don't know how old you are, but I had brain surgery at 60 to remove my metastatic cyst. As a former backpacker/hiker, I refused to walk with the recommended cane. I walked with my trekking pole because old people use canes, and athletes use trekking poles. 🙂 But I did understand: falling - bad. You have enough going on without adding the results of a fall, so be careful. I like a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice, and fill the cup with hot water when I have a sore throat/hoarseness. The lemon clears phlegm and the warm honey water is soothing.

We're pulling for you. Glad to hear you have supportive family around.