May 02, 2012 - 10:27 am
I have just been diagnosed with stage 2B. I have one 6cm mass in my lower left lung and one, possibly 2, affected lymph nodes in the chest. The bronchoscope was only able to reach the one lymph node for a posititve diagnosis. Both the lymph node and mass lit up on the pet scan. The doctors want to do another surgery where they will look at more lymph nodes. If they find no "active" nodes they will remove as many as they can and possibly take the left lung. If they do find other "active" nodes, they will stop the surgery, and I will then start with chomo and radiation. This doesn't make much sense to me - seems it should be just the opposite. Maybe I am in denial or it is just the fear - but taking the entire lung seems very drastic to me. Also, seems to me they would want to do chemo first, then think about surgery. There is much I don't understand and still need to ask the doctors more questions. This is such a big decision, any advice would be very much appreciated.