Mar 09, 2012 - 5:46 pm
Hi all! One minute I am having a normal day, next thing I find out I have cancer. Wait, that can't be. Lung cancer? My father died of that, I was with him. He lasted 6 weeks.
I was diagnosed from MY request for a cat scan due to pressure in lower abdomen. Two days later, they find a "spot" on lung. Now, on my way to a specialist: pulmunary. He sends me to thoracic. Biopsy needs to be done, bronchoscopy and endoscopy in 2 weeks. Came back 2.2cm malignant tumor, not in lymph nodes and not spreading, I guess it is called non small cell 1A, I don't know. I am new to this. Now, in two more weeks I have to have this removed by a procedure called VATS, taking my lower right lobe with some lymph nodes. Only 2 little incisions but I hear it is quite painful. I am already on pretty potent pain meds. Even doctor states concern on pain. I have been suffering for two years with autoimmune and lyme disease. Can someone please fill me in on what to expect from lobectomy and the recuperation especially with someone who has a high tolerance to pain medication. Lately, I have involuntary gasps, is that common with a tumor?