Nov 12, 2004 - 9:36 am
My father was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer 2.5 months ago. My family has been very lucky in that the cancer was treatable through surgery. About 2 weeks ago he had the top-most lobe of his right lung removed and is recovering nicely. He had a follow-up exam with his thorasic surgeon a few days ago and was told that there was no trace of cancer in the surrounding tissue and lymphnodes and that he was "cured". Again we are extremely lucky. However, he said nothing to my father about follow-up exams to monitor his lungs. Everything I have read about lung cancer speaks of its aggressiveness and its likelihood to recurr and I have also read that it is important to have checkups often, especially in the first few years, to increase your chances of catching a recurrence as early as possible.
Has anyone else been told "you're cured" by your surgeon and led to believe that no other follow-ups are necessary? What have been your experiences?
I know for certain that after my father has had some more time to recover that I will be raising the issue with my family so we can discuss it together and ask some questions. We don't want to take any chances with something as serious as this.