Mar 23, 2006 - 6:13 pm
My mother has been going through numerous tests for months now...CT Scans, a PET Scan, biopsies, with no decisive test results for cancer except a "suspicious" biopsy result on a 2.5cm nodule found in her upper right lobe. All doctors have recommended to surgically remove the lobe and she is scheduled for sugery next Wed. It has been a tough several months for my family as my mom had to suddenly quit her nursing job after 20+ years to focus on herself. She has always been very active and a go-getter so it's difficult seeing her endure these hardships.
She is 54 years old and a non-smoker. She has lost a lot of weight over the past couple months while taking these tests.
What can she expect from this surgery? Recover time and quality of life afterwards? Breathing, pain? I suppose they will do further testing during the surgery to determine the extent of possible cancer, the nodule itself and any lymph nodes.
Has anyone had the VATS surgery done to test for cancer prior to having there whole lobe removed and how does that compare? I don't believe they offer VATS at the hospital my mom will be having the operation.
Any of your comments would be most helpful at this time.
Daughter of patient