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VeriStat Bloodtest

Hi, I'm CYNTHIA S.

Just read an interesting newspaper article about lung cancer blood test called: VeriStat. FDA approved June 1, 2016. It’s called a “liquid biopsy”. “What does this test do? In short, tumors have their own DNA and shed tiny pieces of that DNA into the bloodstream…. This test finds those tiny DNA and looks for targetable mutations.” (quoted from newspaper.) Oftentimes with lung cancer, a tissue sample is difficult to obtain for a diagnosis. This is 98% accurate to get some sort of reading (according to the Biodesix manufacturer’s website). Results are gotten in 72 hours. Samples are sent to their lab in Boulder, CO. It is time saving advantage for diagnosis and treatment plan afterward.

  • Post #1
  • Sun Dec 3, 2017
I'm bettysw, and I'm a survivor of Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer

Thank you for the information. I was not aware of this blood test. It is wonderful how they are coming up with new testing and treatments every day!
Hope you are doing well, if you need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to contact me.
Sending positive thoughts for a quick recovery your way.

  • Post #2
  • Tue Dec 5, 2017
Hi, I'm CYNTHIA S.

Thank you Betty. I’m doing very well indeed. I go for my first CT w/contrast on Dec. 13. I’m nervous getting this test. I’ve had TONS of side effects to nearly every drug they’ve given me. Plus this medical arena is new for me—-I’ve never been sick and then wahhhlahh I have lung cancer.

  • Post #3
  • Sun Dec 10, 2017
I'm bettysw, and I'm a survivor of Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer

Good luck tomorrow. You will be fine, stay positive.
Please let me know the outcome when you get the results.
I know the feeling about “wahhhlahh”, it comes out of nowhere turning your whole life upside down. It will get better!!! (I promise)
Stay well, if we don’t connect have a very merry, happy, and HEALTHY Holiday Season.
Ttys.

  • Post #4
  • Tue Dec 12, 2017
Hi, I'm CYNTHIA S.

I called to get pre-medicated on the CT w/contrast. Good thing. I was dizzy, nauseous regardless—note to self. The port came out as they put dye in and blood and dye went all over the scan equipment. But quickly cleaned up. Results were all fabulous. I knew it. Lol! Thank you for thinking of me. I wish you too a great, awesome holiday. I just want to put this behind me and keep moving forward, helping people etc. The surgeon said soo many people would soo want my diagnosis instead of more serious ones they do have. I do know that’s true. But my dad just died of this lung cancer and I was his caregiver. It’s been a huge realization for me continually. And too, when they told me in the ER after a car accident last fall that there was a tiny tumor and when they said “most people will not do anything about it being so small. DO NOT let this go.” I didn’t let it go. I got scanned asap and biopsied even thinking that it could actually be cancer like my dad had—and it was. 2/3rds of my left lung was removed. I am tremendously thankful for all the blessings, brains, and medical bravado that saved me. Truly I am. It’s a tough road some days for every single one of us who have cancer and those who do not. We are all in this together.

  • Post #5
  • Sun Dec 17, 2017
I'm bettysw, and I'm a survivor of Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer

Hi Cynthia,
Great news!!! Couldn’t wait until after the Holidays to write back.
Although you did not have very good luck with the scan, and everything seemed to go wrong, it is refreshing to hear good news. Very happy for you. Need to stay on top of things and you will overcome.
On the other hand, I have been busy. Went for a mammogram last month, and had a recall. Went back again on Wednesday, and was told I need to have a biopsy. My oncologist is on vacation. Went to see a dear friend who is a retired oncology/surgeon and he discussed the images with another radiologist and conclusion was, need the biopsy. Waiting for the Hospital to call to make an appointment. Not very worried, it is a cluster of calcifications, usually benign. They just want to make sure.
Was told it has nothing to do with my past lung issues.
I do believe things happen for a reason, and we are put in these situations to learn something. Let’s be thankful this Holiday Season for what we have, and will have a great beginning on 2018.
I will keep you posted.

  • Post #6
  • Sat Dec 23, 2017
Hi, I'm CYNTHIA S.

Hi Betty,

I will be thinking of you. I posted here about a “new” digital technique called Thermography that is especially helpful in breast issues. (Not too much for lung, pancreas and the like.) It is non-invasive, no pinching, about $200, read by specialty docs, and shows—at the cell level—when things start going awry and modifications can begin immediately. Seems a wonderment. (Of course many people shy away but then I say—that’s how these “weird” treatments become mainstream—patients willing to use and therefore perfect them.) It is so numbing trying to formulate an avenue for an approach to get treated. Personally, for me, that’s the angst. Finding quality care. It’s like some people are and many not proficient or really invested in health caring. The CT contrast debacle was just another—and seemingly ongoing— trial in all of this. I truly do hate to whine (here and at the hospital and usually don’t) but some of these incidents must be said so it can be changed and improved upon. I know too much now, and so darn little. Have a really good Christmas Eve and Christmas. I’m thinking we’re here now! Plus looking forward to 2018 too!! Cindy

  • Post #7
  • Sun Dec 24, 2017
I'm bettysw, and I'm a survivor of Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer

Hi Cynthia,
Doing well. Thank you for your input. Have you become a member of this group? If not, go ahead and do so and I will send you an invite.
Have a great New Year!!! :-)
Betty

  • Post #8
  • Mon Dec 25, 2017
Hi, I'm CYNTHIA S.

Hi Betty,

I don’t see where to join. I’m sure it’s right in front of me. But…? And I’m not Advanced Stage NSCLC. Just NSCLC.

Cindy

  • Post #9
  • Fri Dec 29, 2017
I'm bettysw, and I'm a survivor of Limited Small Cell Lung Cancer

You started the discussion in the Advance NSCLC. You can join and become a meber of the group. Most of the members have either have been thru treatments or surgery. How are you doing? Getting ok thru the Holidays?
Betty

  • Post #10
  • Sun Dec 31, 2017

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