Feb 03, 2013 - 5:05 am
Daddy was stage 1 at initial onset. Treated with cyberknife, followed by chemo, but shortened by two treatments.
The initial size of tumor was Stage 1. I am trying to find out what less than than 3 cm staging would be. He is now a candidate for lower left lobe removal. I believe they will do wedge on the table, and get it checked and then remove lower lobe all in one op. If taking out lower left lobe, why would a wedge be necessary when PET shows the size. i think2.8 x 1.8. I know they want clear margins, but I would think if it were near edges of lower lobe, it would be much bigger "IN THE RED" light upon PET. His Dr. is one who doesn't like VATS because he likes to see, feel, touch., etc. but survival rate from what I have read is survival rate is higher with VATS. Perhaps open removal was required with large tumor. My assumption.
My question. Since he's under 3 cm is he still stage 1? The size of the tumor is 2.7 x 2.8 cm. What stage is this? 1a? or does reoccurrence cause that to change?
I've searched google, not much luck. CNS was always the "go to". I know nothing about staging of lung cancer and the adjuvant treatment, which I would assume he would get...(my guess). What can you share with me regarding recovery, rate of success of still being here in 5 years? I would also like to hear of experiences of recovery, and what to expect regarding both types of removal.
This group is a wealth of information. I don't know what I would have done without the support I received while going through chemo for metastatic rectal cancer at the colorectal area of this site. Just a simple sentence of encouragement goes a LONG WAY.
But now the focus is on dad. Can anyone here share regarding their experience? I posted before, he's been NED for 2.5 years. Cyberknife x 3 ... 90 min each, followed by Cisplatin cocktail. He weighed 138 at time of taking a CT of abdomen, they just caught the lower lung by accident, but ....thank God someone was really looking. He's now 186, 6'1" so weight is great. Thanking in advance. I thought I posted this already, but when browsing I did not see it. So, if this is a double post, my apologies.
eveny person makes a difference. distance sucks when your family lives across the country . i need to move! :)