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alt5180
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I'm 20 years old and a rising senior in college. I just found out my mom has lung cancer and I'm confused to what stage she is in. So couple years ago my mom had ovarian cancer and it was stage 1. The doctors did surgery and removed it but apparently a little bit got away, and the lung cancer my mom has now matches exactly with the ovarian cancer she had 4 years ago. Her right lung has 15 nodules with the largest being 2.5 cm in width and left lung has 20 nodules with her largest one being 2.7 cm in width. The rest of the nodules are relatively small. She did CT scan and her lymph nodes, liver, kidney, and everything is clear but the doctor recommends chemo because there is a chance that more of the cancer cells from ovarian cancer has spread to other places in her body but just haven't grown yet. But my uncle called and he's OBGYN and he said that is Stage IV A? And I'm not sure what that means.
Thank you, apologize for the horrible grammar.

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Ex_Rock_n_Roller
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Joined: Mar 2011

... not primary lung cancer, but ovarian cancer metasticized to the lung. That's probably where the stage 4 is coming from, since metastasis to another organ is pretty much automatically stage 4, I believe. I don't know anything about staging in ovarian, so don't know what the A means.

Sounds like chemo is the only way to address it based on the wide spread within both lungs. Hopefully that will work well for her.

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