Since my last blog post, I’ve made yet another trip to the hospital for Samsca. This was my fourth hospital visit since late July. Otsuka is making the process of getting the drug more and more difficult, so this time I was in for an entire week.
There are two types of lung cancer: 1) small cell lung cancer; and 2) non-small cell lung cancer. And within those two types are many different subtypes. I have small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. Neuroendocrine tumors can be very tricky because they secrete excess hormones. In my case, the tumors secrete excess anti-diuretic hormone, which causes me to retain water, which causes my sodium level to plummet – a condition known as Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH).