Mar 15, 2004 - 5:11 pm
My dad was diagnosed with stage IIIB lung cancer in February. He has started chemo 1 day a week, and radiation 5 days a week. He is only 49, and his overall health is good. The bigger problem is that his oncologist, radiologist, and chemotherapist have given him conflicting information. He originally heard that the radiation would shrink his tumor (hopefully) and then may be operable... today they told him that his tumor shrunk by 50%! He then saw the radiologist and asked him about surgery and they told him he never was a canidate because it spread to the lymphnodes. His oncoligist had originally told him that the main goal was to shrink the tumor so to remove it? Does anyone know if chemotherapy can remove cancer from the lymphnodes making surgery an option?