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Lung Surgery.........."HELP" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nws13
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2002

Hi,
First Dx with 3B inoperatable NSCLC after going through chemo and radiation. I was said to be in remission but now it is back after 6 months. They have givin me the option of removing the left lung or trying some experimental drugs which are in phase 2. I have decided to do the operation and would like any information ASAP.
Thanks and God Bless !

evans
Posts: 12
Joined: Jun 2002

although I only had upper lobe removed & not entire left lung - I was ready to start the chemo/radiation I needed post surgery after 3 1/2 weeks. Yes it is major surgery but expected it to be worse I guess (I'm only 39 with no other respiratory problems). First week home from hospital I'm eating those Perocets every 4 hours & sitting down in the shower - but 1 month out I can scale a flight of steps without getting winded. I would only suggest to consider reconstruction if any ribs are planned to be removed - not sure if it's possible in same operation - but if so - wish I had opted for it. I have structural issues due to rib removal. I am a bit confused - is it IIIB lung ca now? as that does not seem operable as you indicated. Good luck.

antsynancy
Posts: 17
Joined: Apr 2002

Hi,
I had nsclc stage 1 and had my left upper lobe removed in March. Surgery went well and no more cancer in lymph nodes. Recovery seemed slow to me, although for some reason I thought I would come home from the hospital and feel pretty good. Everything healed on scheduled according to my doctor. I went back to work after seven weeks. I am still somewhat short of breath, but am so glad I had it done. Be positive, that is half the battle.

Good Luck

Nancy

hunter
Posts: 10
Joined: Nov 2000

I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1995. I had the top right hand side of my lung removed. I was fine for three years and then it came back in my lymph nodes. I then had radiation and it came back the following year in the lymph nodes under my right arm, I then had chemo therapy, so far it has stayed away. They say I am in remission so I definely advise you to have the operation and make sure they check your lymph nodes and if it has spread have them give you chemo right away. Good luck!

betty2
Posts: 91
Joined: Apr 2002

Do the surgery, It takes a little while to recover but when its done its done. I have had the upper half of my left lung removed and 1/4th of my right lung removed. Both from cancer 31/2 yrs apart. I'm doing just fine. The first time was in 1987 and the last time was 1991, so you see I'v been clean for quite a while.
I would love to hear from you.
Betty Jones jodnns@aol.com

Hazey
Posts: 1
Joined: Aug 2008

tomotherapy could be your answer

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