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kennyt
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Hi all, I recieved my ct scan results and they show three small lung nodules. they will need to be biopsied they are alling for a vats procedure is that a common way to biopsy these things?

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I was thinking about you the last couple of days, because I knew you had your tests done. I know nothing about the biopsy procedure, but what did you find out about your cancer itself? 

Stay strong my friend, we are all here for you whatever happens.

Laz

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Laz the ultrasound showed a 3cm tumor 2cm from the anus with 1 lymph node involved, but the ct showed the nodules so that may change things significantly if thery're cancer

I'm glad to hear things are going well for you.

 

 

kenny

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My cancer is very similar, but bigger and spread to the anal sphincter muscle. When I had my CT done it did not show any lymph node involvement air metastases, although I have been having this cough so we will see at the new CT at the end of the chemo and radiation treatment.

Regardless, let's hope for the best possible outcome, ok Kenny?

Laz

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You bet

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Hey Kenny,

I don't have any experience to offer on the lung tests but...

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for good biopsy results! 

MC

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thank you Mary I hope all is well with you.

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With VATS, hopefully "biopsy" means total removal, with cimetidine etc (see my previous notes about Life Extension Foundation).  We want surgeons able to go beyond normal operating criteria.  

 

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I don't think they're planning on removing them, I don't know why they would not My dilemma is Stanford is 4.5 hours away and I could get a fine point needle biopsie locally. the dr. at Stanford says they are not accurate enough. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on that from experiance

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HI kenny,  I habe 4 lung mets.  One in left. 3 in right. Smallest is 20mm largest is 45mm.  They have shrunk,to this since being on antibody.   Been going 3 yrs. had to have needle at starts start cos bronchoscopy inconclusive.  Hang I there.....

Cathleen Mary
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Hi Kenny,

I am having VATS procedure on Tuesday following an unsuccessful attempt at CT guided needle biopsy.  I will will be back in touch with my 'new experiential knowledge' next week!  

Cathleen Mary

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the doctor wants me to have a vats procedure but another surgeon said that they always do a fine needle biopsie that is adequate and a lot easier on the patient. at this point I just don't want a procedure that isn't absolutely necessary. any thoughts?

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In my opinion if the lesions in the lungs are very likely cancer, if they are small and could be removed with VATS, that would be a way to go.

But the most important thing is that if you need chemo and radiation get that started as soon as possible so the cancer stops growing and spreading.

How sure were they that the lung lesions are metastases?

Laz

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all they would say is they weren't sure they said it could be old scar tisuue or an infection but maybe they were just being nice.

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kennyt
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all they would say is they weren't sure they said it could be old scar tisuue or an infection but maybe they were just being nice.

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It's your body, It's your health. There is no room to be nice, don't you think?

They took the CT with a special dye that gave you in an IV so they can see the cacer and if there is any metastases.

 They shoulbe able to tell 100%.

Kenny, please follow up. I read so many neglects and I experienced so many as well in my short cancer journey that we have to double check everything.

In my opinion whether they biopsy or remove those lung lesions you should get the chemo and radiation going asap.

Let us know man, and nothing but the best possible,

Laz

 

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yes Laz, then they gave a mri the following day to double check the ct I guess. At Stanford they said that if the nodules are cancer there will be no radiation just chemo for now I don't no why but it's on my list of questions

danker
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Can someone tell me what VATS is?

danker
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Can someone tell me what VATS is?

lauragb
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Danker, VATS stands for Video-assisted thorascopic surgery.  It is used for a variety of purposes, one being the biopsy and removal of suspicious lung nodules.  Through small incisions in the chest wall, a scope is inserted giving a good view of what's in the lung.  During VATS, mets can be removed, margins cleared, etc.  If they are in tricky spots though, then an open surgery might be necessary.  I have read of many people having VATS instead of the needle biopsy because it is more accurate, sometimes during the needle biopsies, the nodules are missed so test is inconclusive.  I would say that the doctor's opinion of what he or she sees on the CT or MRI plus philosophy determine whether a needle biopsy or VATS is used.  I think it is worth asking the surgeon why he or she is choosing one over the other. 

Marie posted a link from Mayo clinic on VATS.

Goodluck,

Laura

danker
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Thank you! I will definItely ask about it when I go for my biopsy!!!

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kennyt
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hoping for the best for you.

lauragb
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Kenny, I haven't had any of these procedures but have read a lot about them.  The needle biopsy while less invasive can sometimes be inconclusive.  With VATS, you are more likely to get definitive answers and if the nodules are mets, they can remove them which would be a plus.  Hopefully they're not but if so getting them out would be a good thing. 

Goodluck, you are in my thoughts.

Laura

 

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best of luck with your procedure Cathleen.

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Praying things go well for you!

 

*hugs*

Gail

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thank you Gail

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