LungLoveLink

Linking you to resources and support in the lung cancer community!

geri
  • Female
  • Trenton, Mi.
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands

Geri's Friends

  • Noreen Rosenthal
  • karenA
  • Art
  • DavidatpMOD
  • HollyJo/MOD
  • RickThompson
  • John H MOD

geri's Discussions

Jim's throat..
5 Replies

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is well.  When Jim had his lung removed in Feb. the surgen paralyze Jim's vocal cords..It has been 12 weeks and no improvement..He will just now be starting is Chemo on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike May 24, 2011.

New to Chemo
12 Replies

My husband will be starting chemo in 4 weeks. Has anyone ever been on Gemzar and Cisplatin? I wonder how bad this will effect him..

Started this discussion. Last reply by geri Apr 19, 2011.

 

geri's Page

Latest Activity

geri posted a status
"Jims Cancer may have return now after 3.5 years. Any one else have this."
Monday
geri commented on AmyLCA's blog post Spammers and spam and how we handle it!
"I also got something from someone asking me to have a love connection with them. I did not open it. And I did send it to spam. It was send by someone name  or useing the gift."
Aug 1, 2011
geri replied to John H MOD's discussion Happy Cancer Survivor Day!
"Hi everyone. I am so glad to say by husband Jim is still fighting his fight.  Happy Survivor Day to all our friends on LLL. And thanks you for all you have done to help Jim and I..   God Bless you all Geri"
Jun 15, 2011
geri replied to Xerxes's discussion New Here!
"Welcome Xerxes.  I am careing for my husband who has NSLC stage ll.  What type of lung cqancer do you have. This grope has been a great help to me. I hope you can get all the help you need here.   God Bless You Geri"
May 31, 2011
mike replied to geri's discussion Jim's throat..
"HI geri,  My throat surgery was in April 2010. I had lung cancer,  that was discovereed in late stage one/early stage two. My pneumonectomy was in April 09. I did not have complications with pneumonia. I wish Jim well with…"
May 24, 2011
geri replied to geri's discussion Jim's throat..
"Hi Mike, Glad to hear your doing ok. How long ago was your surgery.?  What kind of cancer did you have? It has been 3 mo. now for Jim. He has had pneumonia 3 time since his surgery. He also has a ton of thick phlegm that get caught in his…"
May 24, 2011
mike replied to geri's discussion Jim's throat..
" My vocal fold was damaged and I waited nine months for it to heal, but it did not. I then had surgery whereby they implant goretex to fill the space caused by the fold not closing because it is paralyzed. My voice is pretty normal but it…"
May 23, 2011
mike replied to geri's discussion Jim's throat..
"HI ,  I had it happen to me . I won't write too much because I am not sure how to post this. If you receive it please let  me know and I can give you more information. thanks, Mike"
May 23, 2011
GADawg/MOD replied to geri's discussion Jim's throat..
"Hi Geri, I haven't heard of this happening, but have you seen an ENT or a speech pathologist specializing in vocal disorders? An ENT could examine the vocal cords and throat, and a speech pathologist could recommend therapies to help with the…"
May 18, 2011
geri posted a discussion

Jim's throat..

Hi everyone.  Hope everyone is well.  When Jim had his lung removed in Feb. the surgen paralyze Jim's vocal cords..It has been 12 weeks and no improvement..He will just now be starting is Chemo on 5/23/11 because of so many complication with penumonia after his surgery..  Has anyone had this happen to them??  
May 18, 2011
geri replied to geri's discussion New to Chemo
"Hi Amy, How are you? Jim was in the hosp. for 10 days with peumonia. He is home now,but that set the chemo back. His new start date is 5/2/11. He is scared but I know we will get through this also. Thank you for thinging about us. We will let you…"
Apr 19, 2011
AmyLCA replied to geri's discussion New to Chemo
"Hi Geri,   You mentioned that your husband was starting chemo in 4 weeks. That means pretty soon. How are you guys doing?    Amy"
Apr 19, 2011
geri replied to Noreen Rosenthal's discussion questioning doctors
"Hi Noreen Hang in there. My husband and I are right where you at. We took him to they best Cancer center in Michigan.  He has started his process of having treatment as I have already posted. But now I am not so sure he is at…"
Mar 29, 2011
icandoityesican replied to geri's discussion New to Chemo
"Hi Geri.   I've got NSC, squamous, and had the cisplatin/gemzar cocktail last year. The gemzar was very well tolerated and I made it through three of the four scheduled cisplatin infusions. For the last one we switched to carboplatinum.…"
Mar 28, 2011
DavidatpMOD replied to geri's discussion New to Chemo
"Hi Geri. Welcome to LLL and Good luck to you and your husband in your treatment. We are all different and react differently with the treatments but here is what I learned from my experience. I started out with Cisplatin/Etoposide(vp-16) (concurrent…"
Mar 28, 2011
geri replied to Noreen Rosenthal's discussion questioning doctors
"My husband also has non small squamous cell carcinoma also with Bronhioavelar carcinmoa. They als found Carcinoid tumorlets all in the left lung .He had surgery to remover the masson 2/14/11. They took his upper half of his left lung. He will start…"
Mar 26, 2011

Profile Information

Why are you interested in this topic?
I know someone with lung cancer, I am a health professional working with lung cancer

Geri's Blog

Husband

Took Jim back to see Doctor..He will start Chemo in 4 weeks. He will do 4 rounds of Gemzar and Cisplatin over 12 weeks. Has and one been on these drugs? How did you do?

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

Thanks Amy and John.  My husband ct san and biopsy both showed he had a 3.8cm mass that was squamous cell carcinoma. After surgery the Doctor came in and told us they found a 0.7cm BAC on the margin …

Thanks Amy and John.  My husband ct san and biopsy both showed he had a 3.8cm mass that was squamous cell carcinoma. After surgery the Doctor came in and told us they found a 0.7cm BAC on the margin for the lung they removed. And they also found Carinoid tumorlet in that same lung. Dr. said he would not remove any more lung at this time.. He was very surprize at these finding. So we do not know if they got it all or not.  Still waiting to see Oncology for treatment plan.. Continue

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 8:05pm

My husband has been diagnos with different types of cancer in one lung all at the same time.

Hi my name is Geri..My husband has been diagnos with NSC Squamous carcinoma along with Bronchoaveolar carcinoma and Carcinoid  Tumorlet.  Has anyone else had the diagnosis? He had half his Left lung removed and they found the BAC on the margin of the lung that was removed.  He has stage ll a (2) N1 MO and Stage 1 NO MO. What does that bring for the furture with cancer in margin of resection??

 

 

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 3:18pm — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (2 comments)

You need to be a member of LungLoveLink to add comments!

Join LungLoveLink

At 9:11am on May 19, 2011, karenA said…

Hi Geri

No - I did not have any difficulty with my vocal cords. The nerves to the vocal cords run down through the mediastinum - they are called the recurrent laryngeal nerves (one for each side). They are fine threads and can be damaged during thoracic surgery. If stretched the injury may clear - if more trauma is the problem the nerve may not improve. Twelve weeks is long - I would have thought there would be some improvement by now if the nerve was just stretched.

I agree with the suggestion of a speech therapist. Unfortunately, whenever one has serious surgery such as this there are possible side effects. What did the surgeon say - did the surgeon say that the cause was due to injury to the involved nerves?

 

May I make a suggestion? Choose your battles - right now focus energy on the chemo - that will require all of your strength and definitely all of your husband's strength.I know the vocal cord problem is a real problem - and I know that you  are both in a state of confusion (we all are when facing this terrible disease). You are both in my prayers.

 

Best and God Bless!

Karen

At 1:47pm on May 18, 2011, karenA said…

Hi Geri

My cell type is adenocarcinoma with BAC - this is also a NSCLC (squamous, adenocarcinoma, and large cell are all Non-small cell lung cancers).

My initial treatment was partial lobectomy - I was a stage IA. When it recurred in my mediastinum (IIIA) I was treated with:

Carboplatin/paclitaxel for 12 weeks

surgery with resection of remainder of right upper lobe, hilar node dissection, and mediastinal node dissection.

followed by - Cisplatin and radiation for 8 weeks.

 

It sounds like your husband has 2 types? with the 2 different staging numbers - one is a II and the other is I...

Here is a website that talks about BAC

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/typesoflungcancer/a/BAC.htm

 

You should be able to ask your husband's doctor (or PA or NP)  what the different cell types mean and what the different staging numbers mean....

The one thing I wish to say is no matter what kind of prognosis you are given - remember that there are many of us who are surviving and winning this battle.New treatments are discovered all of the time!

God Bless!

Karen

 
 
 

© 2014   Created by AmyLCA.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service