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#1 marciem

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:03 PM

Here I am with my so-far quarterly push for all who qualify to get cookin' and get scheduled for this test.

 

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1.   Age 55 or older (under 80, I think)

2.  Smoked 30 pack years or more (1 pack day for 30 years, or 2 a day for 15 years and so on you do the math)

3.  Smoked or quit smoking within the last 15 years.

4.  Have no symptoms of lung cancer

5.  Be physically able and willing to undergo treatment if cancer found.

 

I won't treat you all to the whole Marciem saga, but if you're interested in the step-by-step it can be found here:

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As a quick overview, I was found to have lung cancer in February 2017. I have COPD to the extent that surgery was not recommended, but SABR (stereotatic ablative body radiation) (fancy-schmancy linear accelerator) treatment was a good option because my tumor was found so early ... with... TADA ....  LDCT (Low Dose CT Scan) screen as pushed hard for by our Kathleen.

 

I am the person that this test was invented for.  I had no symptoms of  lung cancer.  I smoked most of my life up until 4 years before CT diagnosis.  My cancer was found early enough to be treated, and perhaps cured, which of course is the goal of screening.

 

Last week I  had my second follow up PET/ CT and then visit with the doctor .  The results again show that NED is behaving as hoped (NED = my personal name for my tumor, which also stands for No Evidence of Disease, which my doctor proclaimed on office notes regarding my tumor, which is still gradually shrinking).  Other nodules that have been present all along are either stable in size or have disappeared, while new ones pop up ... the doctor called them "Probable COPD nodules, or inflammatory".  I continue to need close follow up, another PET/CT in 3 months, as outlined when my treatment plan was established.  Anyways, that's the good news for me :)  .

 

Moral of the story:

 

GET YOUR LOW DOSE CT SCAN!!   It is painless, quick,  usually covered by ins. and not that expensive in the grand scheme of your health if ins. doesn't cover it.

 

 


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:14 PM

Wow did not realize you were going through all this. Thank you for sharing. I had the ct a few weeks ago and all was good. So sorry you are going through all this and hope you continue to receive good news. I admire all of you who continue to come here regardless of what they may be going through(I call them the regulars) to help us newbies. You are appreciated.
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:14 PM

So glad to read that NED is behaving Marcie, thanks for the update :)


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:24 PM

Very glad that things are going well with your treatment. Thank you for the update, and the warning. We are all so lucky to have our quits. Imagine if you had kept smoking, and never came to this board... maybe you wouldn't have even been inspired to get your CT scan... scary thought. So glad you're here. :)


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:58 PM

Glad everything is going as well as it is. Good to hear.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:24 PM

I ❤️ Ned and I ❤️ this great news!! Yay marciem!!
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:11 PM

Wonderful news Marcie

For those of us in the U.K. you can have this done for about £400 which is pretty cheap.
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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:28 PM

Great news Marcie! I'm so glad to hear about shrinking NED!    :)

 

Okay guys and gals, you heard Marcie! Go get scanned!  


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:52 PM

I'm happy to hear that news, Marcie.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:59 PM

G'day Marcie
Great to hear you well and still NO Evidence of Disease!
You living proof that that low dose CT scans are work. Find the cancer early and you get a chance to treat it.
Wait for symptoms to become apparent and any treatment is usually to late. Then the 5th most common cancer becomes the 1st most common killer!

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:01 AM

Great news my friend !!!
I am sooooo happy for you !!!
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:54 AM

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 04:37 AM

Excellent News, Marciem! Hope things keep going well for you! :grin: My next low-dose ct scan is already scheduled for Jan 2018....


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:09 AM

Marcie this is excellent and I am a prime candidate as I tick all the boxes.

 

Now that I have a week off to lie around recovering from my procedure I will be sauntering down to the Dr to get a referral quick smart.

 

Its always worried me and I hate that X-Rays only seem to be able to pick cancer up when its probably to bad to treat easily.

 

Thanks!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:58 AM

I am happy to hear your better health news Marcie.....and send thanks for the testing reminder.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:27 PM

I'm very happy to hear this truly wonderful news, Marcie.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:15 PM

Glad to hear that your treatments have been successful, Marcie! You are such a wonderful light here! Blessings and love to you!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:26 PM

Great news as far as your screening goes. God to hear it, Marcie. And of course awesome me advice on Low Dose CT!
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

Marcie this is excellent and I am a prime candidate as I tick all the boxes.

 

Now that I have a week off to lie around recovering from my procedure I will be sauntering down to the Dr to get a referral quick smart.

 

Its always worried me and I hate that X-Rays only seem to be able to pick cancer up when its probably to bad to treat easily.

 

Thanks!

Hi Dave!!  It is great to see you up and around, recovering!!  Be sure to drop a note in your thread you started, so everybody can see it :)  .

 

I see you're in Australia.  From anything I can find (admittedly, in the U.S. we probably don't see all Australian sources) it sounds like Australia is lagging behind in endorsing the LDCT screening.  At least as of 2015, which was about the time the US started pushing it with insurance companies.

 

Here's the link I found.

https://lungfoundati...g-in-australia/

 

That doesn't say that you can't get it done in Australia, just that the gov't wasn't endorsing it as a national screening program (at that time.)  I wish you well, and hope that you can get the screening.  Timing is everything with lung cancer!!


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