Feb 19, 2012 - 5:04 pm
Hello everyone, I have been posting on the head and neck boards but, unfortunately, I need to post over here as well. I'm the caretaker for my husband who has recently completed treatment for H&N cancer. His 6 month scan showed that he is clear from the neck up but a spot on his lung that they have been watching from the start grew a bit.
Due to kidney issues from the chemo he has gone through (cisplatin) he cannot get contrast with his scans so the doctor referred him to a thoracic surgeon to have a bronchoscopy. Nothing could be seen blocking the airways and the samples came back negative. Since they couldn't actually biopsy the abnormality a needle biopsy was scheduled and came back positive for adenocarcinoma.
If there is any good news in this, it is that the cancer is a new primary and not spread from the neck. The doctors have said that the tumor seems smaller than originally thought and it's in a "good" place meaning there isn't much around it. It is in the right middle lobe.
He is scheduled for VATS surgery Wednesday and will have the middle and lower right lobe removed. The surgeon said that they will test the lymph nodes and stage the cancer but, as of right now, it looks like he may not need any follow up chemo.
We have been told 2 - 5 days in the hospital and then when he is released he will need to walk to build up his lung function and will even be able to drive when he is off the pain meds (which we were told will be just a few more days).
Is this recovery consistent with what others have gone through? Any suggestions for before or after the surgery to make things easier?