Stage 3b vs. 4

Yesterday I talked to my drug administer nurse (not her official title) about my staging. What is 3b? What is 4? Her explanation for a non-oncologist was this:

Stage 3b means that the cancer has spread from its primary location to other adjacent locations like lymph nodes. (Size, threat, etc. also plays a role in the 1, 2, & 3 staging classification.)

Stage 4 means that the cancer has spread from its primary location to multiple organs and possibly lymph nodes.

My lung cancer has spread to two lymph nodes but not to other organs (as shown in the brain MRI and the PETscan)- thus the 3b classification.

Clarification to a prior post: My lymphs that are infected are both on the right side!  (Mis-information provided by Dr L- ugh!)  So, left upper lung and two right lymphs are contaminated. The cancer path is approximatly from my heart area to my right side collar bone.  Again, surgery is still not an option.  This shit is gonna get beat down by radiation, chemo, and ME.  Die! Cancer Die!

About kimmywink

I'm Kim. I've got advanced lung cancer. It sucks.
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5 Responses to Stage 3b vs. 4

  1. Melanie says:

    Kim, why was surgery not an option? If you’d rather not say here, my email is Dposer1130@aol,com. I dont mean to pry. If I am, I apologize.

    • kimmywink says:

      I’m happy to share with you (and others).
      My primary tumor had grown through my left lung- it was both on the inside and outside. The outside section had grown around an artery and vocal cord. I also had two smaller infected lymph nodes that had spread across my sternum to my right side. I could feel one, it was like a pebble sitting on my collar bone.
      My medical team determined that surgery was too risky with the close proximity to the heart and vocal cord. The spread to the lymphs on the other side of my sternum also ruled out surgery.

  2. Melanie says:

    Man oh man, risky indeed. You have really come a long way. You are very strong. I continue to pray for you every day.

    • kimmywink says:

      Thank you Melanie- I’ll take all the prayers I can get.

      I’m very thankful for many things, a biggie is that I have my voice back. It went away for a few months while the tumor was crushing my vocal cord. No one knew if it was permanently damaged or not. Not having the ability to communicate was miserable.

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