Mar 21, 2010 - 9:19 pm
My husband who is 57 years old was recently diagnosed with stage 3A lung cancer (large cell carcinoma). He just finished his first round of chemo and next round starts 3/29. Also just finished 3 weeks of radiation 5 times a week and has 3 more weeks to go. Originally the medical and raditation oncologist recommeded surgery to remove the left upper lobe and possible nearby lumph nodes which are sitting on the pulmonary artery. We went for a 2nd opinion at UW Madison and were told by their medical and radiation oncologists that surgery had not proven to extend a lung cancer patients life. We would prefer not to have the surgery however want to do it if this will extend his life obviously. We need to make a decision soon since we are told if we are not considering surgery they will do the full six weeks of high dose radiation. However, if we will consider surgery they will lessen the frequency of raditaion being done since the radiation will make the surgery more difficult. Anyone who has a similar scenario to share? Did you have surgery? Anything else you can share? Thanks.