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Began with cellulitis, then swelling & pain at sternum, poss. lung cancer?

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  • Posted By: marlynbl
  • June 19, 2007
  • 02:41 AM

My problems all began on a cruise during which I got what was diagnosed as cellulitis - it was extremely painful and full of fever, shooting red streaks up my entire left leg. Once that got better, I seemed to get a really bad case of bronchitis, beginning with just horseness. Then I began having severe pain and swelling at my sternum, left shoulder, and neck. My blood pressure rose sharply, and I ended up in the emergency room. It turns out that I also had a mini-stroke on each side of my neck durnign that episode. The pain and swelling got better with antiflammatory meds and also antibiotics for the bronchitis. During all of this I had a PET scan that shows a nodule in my left lung, enlarged lymph nodes, and "something" going on at my sternum. After both a needle biopsy and a more invasive biopsy during which a piece of my sternum was cut out, I still have no diagnosis. Neither biopsy has shown cancerous cells, but the doctor belives it is lung cancer that has spread. Based on the series of conditions leading up to this, does anyone have any alternative suggestions?

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  • Were you on any medication for anything prior to this?
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  • Get checked for Sarcoidosis
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  • Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I was told today that the final result from the bone biopsy does show lung cancer cells, meaning that I do have lung cancer, already spread to the bone, a stage IV. I quess now I'll have to think about my options, but it doesn't seem that there are too many for this stage. :(
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  • Do you live in the US. If so, try the Cancer Treatment Centers. Their positive attitude and multi-modality treatments can make a huge difference. I sincerely hope you will beat this thing.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
  • marylynbl, I wish you well and I think you have to remain pretty positive. Treatments have improved and there will be options. To some extent you are in the hands of the experts, but the most important thing you can do is keep your chin up. Best regards Kenn
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  • Cellulitis(secondary infection)swellingpainsternum, shoulder and neck bronchitismini strokenodule in L lungLymph swellingno cancerous cells but the doctors still think it is lung cancer that has spread?Seriously consider Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The first step is to find a doctor who believes it is a real diseaseFind an NAET or Bioset doctor. This is where you will find "wellness"Stay positive, for miracles happen everyday. I realized this after my first 2 Bioset treatments. Most people only require 3. It is non-invasive. It works. Good LuckMC
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  • Don't throw in the towel, my friend. I was diagnosed with lung cancer last December, as a result of pain in my sternum and shoulders. Since then, I have undergone chemo and am now taking a targeted drug. My progress, as monitored by CT and PET scans, has been very positive. I hope that you find a good oncologist and treatment and pray for your recovery.Good luck!
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