Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi

Welcome to the Lung Cancer group on Mayo Clinic Connect.
This is a welcoming, safe place where you can meet people living with lung cancer or caring for someone with lung cancer. Let’s learn from each other and share stories about living well with cancer, coping with the challenges and offering tips.

I’m Colleen, and I’m the moderator of this group, and Community Director of Connect. Chances are you’ll to be greeted by volunteer patient Mentors and fellow members when you post to this group. Learn more about Moderators and Mentors on Connect.

We look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to other members. Feel free to browse the topics or start a new one.
Let’s chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

@eott6913

I have heard that sugar is very bad for cancer is that true?

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Thank you. I think this study suggests that we can always improve our diet and should when fighting cancer. We eat a lot of hidden sugars, salts and fats in our diet due to processed foods. I agree that thinking about it all the time can be detrimental to health but understanding what you're eating and how it affects our bodies….I believe that's an important step in getting and staying healthy. Combine that with proven medical advice from ones doctor and it can help. I actually needed to lose weight and after losing 30 pounds and changing my diet….all of my blood tests and other tests show marked improvement in my overall health.

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My husband had pleural mesothelioma, considered terminal, and we were told to eat whatever he could tolerate and enjoyed, as nutritious as able. Once he began palliative chemo, eating became a significant challenge – nothing tasted good, small amounts of food made him feel full, general loss of appetite and fear of vomiting added to the burden. Needless to say, he lost a tremendous of weight, so I would think that what to eat depends alot on the type of cancer, the expected outcome, the treatments and how they affect the ability to eat and enjoy quality of life. He was never a big sweets eater but one of the last things he asked for was cornflakes with banana, soymilk and extra sugar. A dying patient has very different needs than one who is going to survive, I feel.

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@eott6913

I have heard that sugar is very bad for cancer is that true?

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That's terrific.

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I so agree with you. I also believe that we now instinctively what are body's need- well most of the time. A day before my mom passed away she wanted a spoon full of whiskey or Scotch. I forget. I gave her one and my sister went nuts. I asked her if she was afraid of mom becoming an alcoholic. Anything that a dying patient wants should be top priority.

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@eott6913

I have heard that sugar is very bad for cancer is that true?

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I agree- a sound diet is the best. I also am serious about people whose intentions are good, but give the wrong advice.

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@merpreb

I so agree with you. I also believe that we now instinctively what are body's need- well most of the time. A day before my mom passed away she wanted a spoon full of whiskey or Scotch. I forget. I gave her one and my sister went nuts. I asked her if she was afraid of mom becoming an alcoholic. Anything that a dying patient wants should be top priority.

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I have quit smoking, drinking and I eat a lot of brussel sprouts and I hope that's working. But, I have always said…..when it comes to the end of all of this I'm going to have a martini and a cigarette as I go out! It's one of the little motivations I hang on to in life but I wonder if that's really going to taste as good as I think! I agree that at a certain point whatever makes a person feel better is what they should have. My father died from cancer of the esophagus. He had been diabetic and had kept himself on a strict diet for many years. In his last months I prepared one of his favorite desserts each week, just for him and he enjoyed them all.

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Yikes! I am a 10 year lung cancer survivor…with most of my left lung missing! It has been a journey!
I cannot tell you how painful it has truly been to fight back against the disease, the stigma, the shame & blame. I beg you to please think about
your options. In 10 years there have been so many new pathways to healing. There really are other safer risks that can be more fun. Respectfully,
Let’s stay Connected!

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@eott6913

I have heard that sugar is very bad for cancer is that true?

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  Thank you for sharing this greAt article!

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@ofeyen

Thanks to John for my invitation to join.
I was invited to join a Mayo program for smokers that had quit smoking (almost 6 years)
It was one of the chest x-rays that the cancer was found. Thank you Mayo Clinic!
They took a small pie wedge from my lower left lobe and I thing all is good.
I was only in the hospital for 1 1/2 days and went back to work after 3 days (Amazing)
Thanks again MAYO

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Welcome to Connect my friend! Thank you for sharing your story. Happy dance from another old man!!
John

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@ofeyen

Thanks to John for my invitation to join.
I was invited to join a Mayo program for smokers that had quit smoking (almost 6 years)
It was one of the chest x-rays that the cancer was found. Thank you Mayo Clinic!
They took a small pie wedge from my lower left lobe and I thing all is good.
I was only in the hospital for 1 1/2 days and went back to work after 3 days (Amazing)
Thanks again MAYO

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All of your fans are glad you are back to work too! Hoping to do Sunday brunch soon – best in Southern Minnesota.

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@merpreb

I so agree with you. I also believe that we now instinctively what are body's need- well most of the time. A day before my mom passed away she wanted a spoon full of whiskey or Scotch. I forget. I gave her one and my sister went nuts. I asked her if she was afraid of mom becoming an alcoholic. Anything that a dying patient wants should be top priority.

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I agree with Linda’s response…keep fighting! There are truly many pathways to treatment.
My wife, Kay is testimony to that! A 3 year lung cancer survivor, (who lost 2/3 of her right lung) she gets infusions of a trial drug every three weeks now. The remainder of her time, she spends leading a normal life, playing golf, attending card clubs, and shopping!
Keep on fighting back!

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@ofeyen

Thanks to John for my invitation to join.
I was invited to join a Mayo program for smokers that had quit smoking (almost 6 years)
It was one of the chest x-rays that the cancer was found. Thank you Mayo Clinic!
They took a small pie wedge from my lower left lobe and I thing all is good.
I was only in the hospital for 1 1/2 days and went back to work after 3 days (Amazing)
Thanks again MAYO

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Omar @ofeyen – back to work 3 days after a major surgery is amazing. Not only is your family happy all of your customers, including me are happy! Looking forward to my next Sunday brunch at Omar’s Cafe! ~ John

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@llwortman

Yikes! I am a 10 year lung cancer survivor…with most of my left lung missing! It has been a journey!
I cannot tell you how painful it has truly been to fight back against the disease, the stigma, the shame & blame. I beg you to please think about
your options. In 10 years there have been so many new pathways to healing. There really are other safer risks that can be more fun. Respectfully,
Let’s stay Connected!

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@llwortman Happy 10 year survival anniversary! You are amazing and we are all glad that you are still here. Thank you a million times over for all that you do to advocate for so many.

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@eott6913

I have heard that sugar is very bad for cancer is that true?

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Here is an article from Mayo Clinic regarding cancer myths, including some information about sugar and cancer.
– Cancer causes: Popular myths about the causes of cancer https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer-causes/art-20044714?pg=2

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Hello Teresa, (shortshot80 here. It has been quite a month. Next chemo Immune therapy on Monday. May 7. This last week has been tough, My hubby of 67 years passed away yesterday age 90. Will be a tough time for a while.. More later. Nancy)

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