Dec 18, 2003 - 6:23 pm
Seven years ago I had the upper lobe of my right lung removed due to discovery of an adenocarcinoma (stage 1). For five years my regular oncology visits, lab work and scans showed no presence of the cancer. After five years a small nodule appeared on one of my right ribs directly below the incision from my first surgery. Biopsy indicated an andewnocarcinoma. I had two sessions of chemo followed by a chest resection to remove the tumor. Edges of the removed tissue/bone were "clean" I then followed up with radiation. Three months after the surgery, we noted an increase in my CEA level to 10. Over the past two years it has steadily been increasing up to a level of 180 which was reported today. Scans performed over the past two years were negative. My layest CT Scan results which I received today revealed"several'" small nodules in both lungs(size ~ 6mm). Onclogist has diagnosed as a return of my lung cancer and has recommended chemo which is to start the end of January.
I am 68 years old and in otherwise good shape. Having just received this news today has set me back a little mentally. Has anyone experienced similar evbents that they can share. Also, where can I receive some info on what I can expect from here?
Thanks in advance