Raymond shares his lung cancer story to help promote Cough Cough campaign

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Raymond shares his lung cancer story to help promote Cough Cough campaign

Posted on Monday 10th September 2012

In late 2011, Raymond Nelson from Kendal was doing jobs at home when the next day he started to experience a pain high up on the left side of his chest. Raymond thought he’d overexerted himself, but the pain made him seek medical help. Six weeks later he had undergone an operation to have half of a lung removed due to cancer.

“I was in real pain and I thought I’d badly bruised a rib or something doing work the night before. The pain was unbearable and it was late in the day to go to the GP, so I went to PCAS at Westmorland General. I was sent for an x-ray to see what damage I’d done and when they looked at the x-ray, the doctor said, there was a shadow on my lung. I didn’t really know what it meant, but I was transferred to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for tests right away.

“After a few tests and scans, another doctor came to speak to me and told me that I had lung cancer, and that I’d probably need treatment. I was totally shocked; it just hadn’t occurred to me that the pain could have been cancer," said Raymond aged 72.

“I had a biopsy so they could examine the tumour and I was sent to see a consultant in Blackpool. He said I needed an operation to remove the tumour from my lung and enquired how I felt about that. I told him he was the expert and to do what needed to be done.

“Within a week I was back in to have my operation. It all went well and apparently the tumour was larger than expected, but easy to remove. Because the cancer hadn’t spread I didn’t need any chemo or radiotherapy, which surprised me.

“Now, I’m doing well, I see the consultant at least every three months, but I haven’t needed any further treatment. I’m more breathlessness now, as my lung capacity is reduced, but I try and stay active taking a couple of walks a day. I’m not as quick as I used to be though.

“I’d encourage anyone with any of the common symptoms to not put it off, go and get medical advice. I didn’t know that chest pain was a common symptom, but now I do and I’m glad I did something.”

NHS Cumbria is again running it's Cumbria Cough Cough lung cancer awarenss campaign to encourage people to know what the symptoms are and seek help early.

Anyone experiencing any of the common symptoms of lung cancer should seek medical advice as soon as possible. The earlier lung cancer is caught the better a person's chances of longer term survival.

The symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • persistent coughing for several weeks
  • unexplained weight loss
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • blood in phelgm
Posted on Monday 10th September 2012

 

 
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