From the community

A Survivor’s Experience with Biomarker Testing and TKI Treatments

Back in 2013, when Dan Cadigan was first diagnosed with stage III lung cancer, his treatment options were limited to surgery followed by chemotherapy. However, at his one-year follow-up scan, they found nodules in both lungs and he was diagnosed with stage IV recurrent cancer.

Normally, it would have meant a return to chemo for treatment.

The Stigma of Lung Cancer: A Conversation with Tina Hayden

Living with cancer means processing difficult emotions as well as dealing with side effects and physical changes both during treatment and beyond. Living with lung cancer brings an additional challenge of its own.

Lung cancer often comes with a stigma, meaning a lack of respect for a person or group by others. This lack of respect results from society’s belief that lung cancer is caused by smoking alone. This puts the responsibility for the disease on the patients themselves, leading lung cancer survivors to carry an unfair burden of shame and fatalism.

The Power of Mindset

April is Stress Awareness Month, and for those living with lung cancer, feelings of stress or anxiety can become unwelcome symptoms of the changes and challenges living with lung cancer creates. However, tools like mindset and mindfulness have led to individuals gaining a sense of control over their emotions, including stress.

Cancer Won’t Stop You

After battling a persistent cough for six months, I went in for a chest x-ray. This was July 2020, right in the thick of the pandemic, which is why I put off going in for so long. After nothing we tried seemed to help the cough, though, I knew it was time to figure out what was going on inside my lungs.

La Esperanza

Read Fran's story in English

Me diagnosticaron cáncer de pulmón en estadio IV en 2012 cuando solo tenía 39 años.  En ese momento, no había pruebas disponibles para determinar qué tipo de cáncer de pulmón tenía.  Todo lo que sabía era que "era cáncer de pulmón, nada más".

Hope

Lea la historia de Fran en español.

I was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2012 when I was only 39 years old. At the time, there were no tests available to determine what type of lung cancer I had. All I knew was that "it was lung cancer, nothing more."