I was diagnosed with a 9 cm Pancoast tumor in October 2020, a rather rare form of lung cancer located in the apex causing indescribable shoulder pain. The first Pet Scan showed destruction of the 2nd and 3rd rib with a fracture of the 2nd. My first treatment plan was radiation five days a week at the same time with chemo, Taxol/Carboplatin, once a week. After the third radiation treatment the pain disappeared overnight.
Five weeks into radiation I was suffering with burns and my blood counts were dropping from the chemo drugs. My Oncologist decided I needed a month off treatment to recover. Last week he put me on a chemo immunotherapy Keytruda treatment once every 21 days. At this time I asked about the possibility of another Pet Scan. He agreed and made the appointment with radiology.
Today I met with the Radiologist for results. He handed me a copy of before and after scans and the tumor is gone except for one tiny speck on the scan.. He said “The only way I can describe this is as an absolute miracle”.
I live alone but I came home and told my dogs I may just out live them preventing them from becoming orphaned. They seemed especially glad to see me so I suppose they understood.
Here is my advice...Everyday I found something to be grateful for...I am so glad I am not nauseous, so glad I am not suffering with joint pain, so glad my radiation burns are healing, so glad I have confidence in my doctor, etc. DON’T ever allow yourself to anticipate anything negative.
So many who post are caregivers of loved ones. Please encourage positivity. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone fighting this terrible disease.