posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 09:10 AM
a reply to: TNMockingbird
I think a lot depends on how healthy/strong you are at the start of treatment. I think it's important if she hasn't decided what options to take that
she start 1st line treatment right away because all the trials require you to have completed at least 4 rounds of Cisplatin and Etoposide. This is a
heavy duty chemo but I never got sick from it, barely ever nauseous and I did radiation at the same time, the steroids work and Lorazepam works for
anxiety and nausea as well (the girlfriend/wife may benefit from that too). Nutrition is the next step, it's counter intuitive but NO vitamin
supplements, no green tea, no anti oxidants... you need to weaken, not strengthen your cells so that the chemo kills cells. Protein and iron up the
wazoo and she needs to try to gain weight, anemia is so easy to get and can delay treatments.
As far as encouragement... yes the numbers are bad for small cell lung cancer, it's a super aggressive cancer as well but it's 15-25% now depending on
stage found that live 5 years, here's the good news though... you aren't counted after 5 years. So while it sounds like people just hit that 5 year
mark and keel over it's not so lol. Some people, very few but you gotta shoot for the moon with cancer, it never comes back. And every time you beat
it you have the same chance it won't come back (dunno stats on that one).
Mindful meditation has been incredibly effective for me as far as keeping my sanity and coping, prayer works in the same way, I imagine at the cancer
center that they have councilors as well. Her full time job now, is cancer. Reading survivor stories helped me too. Yoga, short walks, tai-chi are
also really good for retaining muscle and flexibility. Short naps, long naps will worsen fatigue.
The most important thing, just listen... frustration is always close by for me, a dirty dish left in the sink can undo hours of calm lol.