There are over a million cases of lung cancer per year in India. Lung cancer is the number one cause of death among cancer patients. However, there are millions of healthy people living with lung cancer around the world. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of their stories.
Tom was only 45 years old and had never smoked in his life. Lately, he had been feeling very tired all the time. Even after many visits to the doctor, nothing was found. Hence, no medicine seemed to help. He also experienced breathlessness, for which the doctors diagnosed him with asthma.
One day, he was not able to breathe. And he was rushed to the hospital. After one week of tests and being in the hospital, he was told he had pleural effusion. Tom was just happy to know that the cause had been found. What he didn’t know that lung cancer had silently started developing.
After some time, his worst fear came true, he had lung cancer. While waiting for the biopsy, he searched up everything there was to know about lung cancer. Although most of the information seemed to be negative, he had hope.
Tom’s cancer was inoperable. But, as luck would have it, he had a genetic mutation that helped to pause cancer. Over the next six months, Tom’s condition got better. The medicine prescribed was effective enough for him to get back to life. Living with lung cancer is not something anyone would prefer but, it is still better than the alternative.
Susie Barton’s Story
Susie was only 40 years old when she was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. Along with shortness of breath, she also felt like something was continuously in her throat. She went to her primary care doctor. Upon receiving the CT scan report, he suggested that she goes to an oncologist as it was lung cancer.
Although Susie and her husband were in shock, the doctors had a plan of action. She couldn’t go for surgery as cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. But, there was still hope. She was scheduled for four rounds of chemotherapy.
During the treatment, there was so much Susie went through. She experienced side-effects of nausea and exhaustion to the fear of losing hair. It was just too much. But, she pushed through it all. As the trail progressed, she was able to recover from cancer. She went back to living her life with her husband and two beautiful daughters. When she was living with lung cancer she did not lose hope.
There is no way to cure lung cancer. However, there are some factors that do increase the risk of you getting lung cancer. Let us take a look at some of them.
Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer all over the world. The chances of you getting cancer increase with each puff that you inhale. But, it is never too late to quit. There are so many options in the market these days. It can help you get off without relapsing.
If you don’t smoke but you’re exposed to second-hand smoke then you are still at an increased risk. There are many cases reported each year where people get lung cancer due to inhaling second-hand smoke.
Family history is important when it comes to cancer. If someone in your close family had suffered from cancer, then you are more exposed to it than others.
Asbestos and Other Carcinogens
It is important to follow the guidelines at work. Wear proper gear especially if you are exposed to asbestos or other carcinogens. These are known to cause lung cancer. If the proper protective gear is not provided to you then raise this issue with the authorities in charge.
Radon is produced when uranium breaks down naturally in the soil. It does not give off any smell. Hence, it cannot be spotted with the naked eye. However, it eventually becomes a part of the air you breathe. Therefore, it can cause lung cancer. You can buy a test kit from a store or online. And make sure that your home is safe.
Cancer of any kind can come as a shock. Living with lung cancer can be difficult for everyone. And lung cancer is a bit harder as the symptoms may hinder your daily activities. However, the stories we have shared above are great examples of how one should never give up. Your physical health may be in your doctor’s hands. But, it is your job to keep your mental state healthy.
Although cancer does choose you, you can choose to fight back. The treatments are often long and tedious. But, every survivor says that it is worth it. If a few months of symptoms mean that you can get back to normal life then it is worth it.