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Lobectomy Recovery Stage 1A-Adenocarcinoma

cathyraff
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My husband underwent a right upper lobectomy on 2/4/13.  He was diagnosed Stage 1A Adenocarcinoma.  His oncologist advised that he doesn't need chemo or radiation but will need CT scans every six months and will see the oncologist every 3 months.  My question is how long before the pain subsides?  He went to his surgeon last Wednesday and he has released him to go back to work.  My husband does heavy labor and I worry they are sending him back too early.  He still has pain in the front of his rib cage where the chest tubes (two of them) were and his incision is swollen.  It's no infected the surgeon said, and it's normal.  Can anyone she some light on when the pain might go away?  Does it ever go away completely? 

dennycee
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It's been 18 months since I had my VATS.  I still have some pain bit mostly it still itches.  It took a couple of months because I had the tunes in for another month.  

He should be doing gentle stretching exercises.  My PT had me stand next to the wall about arms length away a d have fingers walk up the wall till they felt pressure then walk them back down.  Repeat it a few times.  

Did he have the regular surgery or the VATS?

cathyraff
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I'm not sure if the procedure he had was VATS...he has about a 7" scar from about the bottom of his shoulder blade down.  He's bothered on his right side where the two chest tubes were too.  He went back to work today where he does heavy physical labor but he said that everyone helped him out so it wasn't too bad.  Do you have non-small cell?  Is it still in remission.  Thanks for the info.

Cathy

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arlekim
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Hola Cathyraff. Hope all is much better for your hubby.  I under went my (Lower Left Lobe) VAST on 3/30/12, same as your hubby 1A Adenocarcinoma. My recovery has been hard, (I'm not good with pain, I get a hang nail n I run to my mother for a solution) I don't like pain.  But each person has different methods of dealing with pain.  I still experience very strong pains and need to be admited to control them.

 I also was out of work for 1 yr due to the strong coughing and my Doc's not being able to control it. I also must say, I have severe allergies and that does not help when it comes to prescribing meds.

I hope I'm not scaring you. 

 

Have a wonderful summer.

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arlekim
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Joined: Mar 2012

Hola Cathyraff. Hope all is much better for your hubby.  I under went my (Lower Left Lobe) VAST on 3/30/12, same as your hubby 1A Adenocarcinoma. My recovery has been hard, (I'm not good with pain, I get a hang nail n I run to my mother for a solution) I don't like pain.  But each person has different methods of dealing with pain.  I still experience very strong pains and need to be admited to control them.

 I also was out of work for 1 yr due to the strong coughing and my Doc's not being able to control it. I also must say, I have severe allergies and that does not help when it comes to prescribing meds.

I hope I'm not scaring you. 

 

Have a wonderful summer.

dennycee
Posts: 644
Joined: Mar 2011

Cathy-

forgive me for being so slow responding.  Yes I have stage four adenocarcinoma.  I am 33 months out now from my diagnosis.  I was told I had ten-15 months.  So am doing VERY well.  at this time there is no evidence of reoccurrence.   it sounds like he had the standard surgery rather than the VATS.  I hope recovery is smooth and uncomplicated.  

 

Edit to note that at stage one they have gone for a cure.  Still be vigilant though!

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