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andreae
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Joined: Sep 2003

Hi everyone,

I hope all is well. I got my CT results back (I had one done on Monday because my CEA had jumped from 2.0 to 3.6) and everything is stable... No new spots! Yeah! I'm very happy and relieved. On a seperate note, however, I am wondering if I should pursue more aggressive treatments. Back in September, 8 spots in my right lung and 4 spots in my left were detected. I have been doing chemo ever since and no new mets. have developped. All the spots are very, very tiny (only one is bigger than a centimeter). Should I be pushing for a surgery? Can they take out that many lesions? Can they not operate when they are so tiny? Don't get me wrong... I'm ecstatic that the disease is being controlled while my quality of life is maintained, but what about going for a cure? Anyways, most of these questions are rhetorical... Just had to voice them.

Wishing everyone an awesome week-end (t.g.i.f!),
Andrea

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StacyGleaso
Posts: 1246
Joined: Mar 2003

Hi Andrea!

Congrats on a good CT scan result! I think once you can stabalize no new issues, attempting to abolish the existing ones is a great idea. I am totally unfamiliar with any lung surgery, as mine was only liver mets. What does your doc say?

I think your positive spirit is awesome! Keep up the progress!

Stacy

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nanuk
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Joined: Dec 2003

I have cc lung mets, and my surgeon said there were too many-(20+) nodes, and they were too small to see-(1-3mm) He also said that even if they could
locate them, he would have to remove too much lung tissue to remove them. Bud

KrisS
Posts: 232
Joined: Apr 2003

Hi Andrea- Fantastic to hear about your CT. Hooray!

The likelihood of surgery would depend also on the distribution fo the nodules. If the nodules were all clumped together in one small section of each lung, especially a peripheral portion of the lung, so that they could remove them by just taking a small segments of each of each lung, maybe that is a consideration. If they are distributed evenly throughout the lungs however, that doesn't as if that would be a likely option. You'd have to ask your oncologist.

There have been people who have had radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of lung nodules, but I am quite certain they have to be bigger to be able to do this. I also don't know what the maximum number that they will do would be.

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes,

Kris

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jsabol
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Joined: Dec 2003

Way to go, Andrea. (Sorry for the geezer slang) Your questions are all good ones...the kind I get after each week's treatment. My onc says he's more than happy to discuss any questions...he welcomes the active participation in treatment, so I would say, write them down and ask away. Good for you for wanting to go for the cure!
I will be seeing a friend next week who had a primary lung lesion...age 30 with no smoking history, large diffuse inoperable tumor with mets to the brain. She is now 6 months post treatment that ERADICATED both tumors, with no sign of return! So...it can be done.
Wishing us all continued hope and positive thinking. Judy

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kerry
Posts: 1317
Joined: Jan 2003

Hi Andrea,

Congratulations on the CT scan. I know that it is always a relief to hear good news!!

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless,
Kerry

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spongebob
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Joined: Apr 2003

Andrea -

YEAH!!! Glad to hear things are under control. I agree with you - once fire fighters have a fire contained and under control, they don't just let it burn itself out - they work to extinguish it! You go for it!

- SB

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