Said in the gentlest way possible...
I do not have lung cancer.
That's right, I said it. Yeah, it's confusing. But in my case, cancer in my lungs does not equal lung cancer. Someone with lung cancer is going through a whole different treatment than I am. No worries, I'm not offended at all. This whole cancer thing is so confusing, it really is.
From what I understand, the cancer cells in my lungs are from my rectal cancer. That is, rectal cancer is my primary diagnosis, and now I have metastisis in my lungs. It's still rectal cancer junk. I take drugs aimed at controlling wild type rectal cancer cells.
I've had a lot of people ask and misunderstand. I don't know why I feel I need to differentiate between lung cancer and lung mets from rectal cancer, but I do. And really, please NO ONE feel bad. I had no clue that there were so many types of cancers and types of treatments that are so specialized. I mean, why would I be an expert on that? Why would anyone unless they're in the thick of things?
So that's the deal. Rectal cancer mets in my lungs. Not lung cancer. This cancer lesson was brought to you by Edy's Strawberry popsicles, Oriental Ramen (thank you, Tanja!!!!) and that delicious hummus from the store (Jarnetha, you rock!!!).
Really. Not mad or offended or whatnot. I promise. Questions always welcome. As always, feel free to pass this blog around to anyone you think it might be of help to. Hugs.