Staying (Lung) Safe this Holiday Season

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Dec 18, 2021

My husband and I recently picked up holiday decorations. One thing that I love to hate is candles. If they have scents or smoke they aren't allowed in my house. I can't handle them, no matter how gorgeous. I have to be very careful around roasting chestnuts on an open fire because all fires are smokey! We tried this once and I had one very apologetic husband, lol.

It really isn't funny anymore because after so many years with lung cancer and COPD anything that sets my lungs to swelling hurts a lot.

I am very careful of wearing masks, getting any vaccines I need. To stay healthy, I wash my hands, or use a sanitizer. I make sure that all of my medications are filled as much as they can be, especially my inhalers!

The holidays can be one of the most wonderful times of the year, With some planning and care, we can do our best to protect others and ourselves.

It has been an honor to be your mentor. I want to take this time to wish you and your families a healthy holiday and new year!

I know that I have missed some helpful hints to stay safe this year. It would be a wonderful gift to share what you do!

Warmly
Merry

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@merpreb

Lilly- I haven't heard from you in a while. How are things going with you?

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Hi, So I had my follow up post surgury and biopsy this past Tuesday.
My surgeon said regarding Stas that if he thought I needed a completion lobectomy he would be doing it. He also said yes some Drs will say if Stas is present you need a lobectomy. He said its still new and there is alot they dont know about Stas.
I also spoke to another surgeon who thought they had completed a lobectomy on me and said thats what you do.Then I explained that I didnt have a lobectomy.He went on to say that the team at the facility I was in is a great team. Otherwise Im feeling fine. Ty so much for thinking and checking back with me. Hope you are doing good.

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@lilly2

Hi, So I had my follow up post surgury and biopsy this past Tuesday.
My surgeon said regarding Stas that if he thought I needed a completion lobectomy he would be doing it. He also said yes some Drs will say if Stas is present you need a lobectomy. He said its still new and there is alot they dont know about Stas.
I also spoke to another surgeon who thought they had completed a lobectomy on me and said thats what you do.Then I explained that I didnt have a lobectomy.He went on to say that the team at the facility I was in is a great team. Otherwise Im feeling fine. Ty so much for thinking and checking back with me. Hope you are doing good.

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Oh, boy, Lilly. I'm drawing a blank. What is Stas? Is this it?

Spread through air spaces (STAS) is a spreading phenomenon of lung cancers, which is defined as tumor cells within air spaces in the lung parenchyma beyond the edge of the main tumor

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@merpreb

Oh, boy, Lilly. I'm drawing a blank. What is Stas? Is this it?

Spread through air spaces (STAS) is a spreading phenomenon of lung cancers, which is defined as tumor cells within air spaces in the lung parenchyma beyond the edge of the main tumor

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Yes thats it. Some surgeons will say if Stas is present you need a completion lobectomy, while others including mine does not. My surgeon said if he thought I needed a completion lobectomy ( to go back in and take out the remainder of the lobe) he would do it. In some trials there seems to be a significant chance of recurrence wiyh a wedge rescetion verses a lobectomy when Stas is present. My Dr said the trials never talk about those who go on to be fine. So I will be followed as I guess we all are. Thanks!

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