Aug 10, 2012 - 9:53 am
Looking for advice for my father, age 69. He underwent treatment for stage 3A NSCLC (radiation and chemo), treatment ended one year ago. Thankfully, he is currently in remission. He is still struggling with the side effects from his treatment though. His right lung was severely damaged by the radiation. He has an exhausting, constant cough... has had several infections... shortness of breath, and the upper right lobe is collapsed and not functioning. His pulmonologist mentioned lung removal, but I am worried about the effects that could have on him and if it would leave him in constant pain. Anyone ever had VATS... can VATS be done on a collapsed damaged lung post lung cancer treatment?