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Does anyone here know anything about a VATS procedure?

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DebbyM
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We've got a friend that might have to have this as it is suppose to be less evasive for lung cancer surgery.  Is this true or does anyone know anything about it?

Thanks, Debby

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Ritzy
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I don't know anything about it Debby..sorry.  I hope your friend will be ok.

Sue

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SIROD
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I had a VATS procedure and so didn't JamieW.  

Mine was to figure out if the tumors in both lungs, pleura along with a pleura effusion was a recurrence of my breast cancer or was it lung cancer.  I had been NED for 8 years and after such a long time, the oncologist wanted the VATS (Video Assisted  thoracoscopic  Surgery).  I had a ct scan and a PET scan prior too.

It is usally an overnight hospital stay.  They enter between the ribs and with a camera, pluck out samples of tumors.  In my case they could still see that they were ER+ and HER2- after they were sent to the lab.

The effusion was drained until it was time to go home and they cut out the contraption that was emptying the pleura.

Here is a place your friend can read about it:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/video-assisted-thoracic-surgery/

I didn't find it bad.  After surgery you don't feel that good.  The next day, I was ready to go home.  I took Saturday off and Sunday & Monday were my weekend so to speak and I was back to work on Tuesday.

If I can answer anything more specifics, please ask me.  

Best wishes to your friend Debby,

Doris

cinnamonsmile
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There are discussion boards on here for lung cancer. Maybe they can help you out over there? Just  thought. I wish your friend the best.

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DebbyM
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Thank you so much for this information and help.  She's scheduled to have a bronchoscopy.  I will check out the lung cancer board too.  I should have said that she is a bc survivor and they are not sure yet if this is mets to the lungs from bc or lung cancer.  I think the bronchoscopy is suppose to tell that as they take biopsy's. 

Debby

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SIROD
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I had both too, Debby at the same surgery.  I hope it is nothing but between the two, lung cancer or bc mets to lung, I was very happy mine was bc.   Though I had wished they were wrong, wrong, wrong but ct scan and PET scan don't lie.

Please give me an update on your friend.

Best,

Doris

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