I've managed to survive Stage IV Lung Cancer for nine years; having been diagnosed with Stage I, 11 years ago, when I had the top part of my right lung removed. The cancer had spread two years later with my being re-staged to Stage IV.
Six months ago I started coughing blood. Numerous tests have come back clear of cancer. However, after THREE bronchoscopies it was found that one of the arteries in my lung is now exposed from one of the surgical clips placed there nine years ago in the operation to remove part of my lung.
Apparently nothing can be done. The only thing they could do, which they won't because of the dangers involved, is remove completely the right lung. Nothing else can be done, other than take SIX Tranexamic tablets (Cykokapron 500mg) per day, at eight hour intervals to stop the blood. These tablets are not for long-term use, as they can cause strokes etc.
It seems such a shame, that having successfully traversed the past 11 years of my life since initial diagnosis, I'm left with a condition that has materialised only because of the treatment I had to stymie the lung cancer.
Any opinions, recommendations, advice, would be appreciated. I've tried cutting down on the tablets, but I started coughing blood again. So I have to stick with the six tablets a day. My breathing's not good and I'm coughing a lot and not able to exercise as much as I did. But apart from that, I don't look as though there's anything wrong with me, physically. Psychologically it's taking its toll!!!y