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It is what it is..........Scan results......

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Buzzard
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Results are....

PET Scan shows a tumor growth in lower left lobe (Lung). Onc seems to think that it is not metastisis from CRC but new primary growth, either way it is what it is...CEA and PET both move towards it being cancerous growth. He is setting up CAT scan for the end of the week and is going to get me set up to talk with a Thoracic surgeon...I will not stay in Paducah to have this done so I am looking for other options. I am thinking Im going to speak with Vanderbilt again to see what they have to offer...Yep, kind of a shock to actually hear it but I will be ok no matter what. I simply need to get things arranged. Any pertinent info on what to expect in surgery, recoup times, surgeons, hospitals, etc would certainly be appreciated. Kinda in a whirlwind right now and wife doesn't know yet.....gonna be a long night...betcha everything will be ok though.......Love to all, Buzz

Donna still needs prayers, lets just concentrate on her for now...I know Im gonna be fine......

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Buzz - You are one cool customer. Don't have any helpful info, just lots of good vibes and sparks for you, Donna and everyone.
Stay strong and "everything WILL be okay."
Roger

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to hear this. You keep that positive attitude and it will be OK

I will keep you in my prayers

K

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l know donna would want prayers sent your way as well & they are coming at you from across the pond hugs

AnneCan
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Sorry to hear this. your attitude is fantastic + I have no doubt you will be the victor over this F*&^$#@ tumour. Take good care of yourself + thanks for lettin us know!

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Boy...do I know how you feel. They have not conclusivly said mine is a CRC met either. That will be decided next week when biopsy is done. How big is yours?... LOL..hummm...you know what I mean. Its a hard decision on surgery or Cyberknife or RFA or whatever. I had to go thru each option and weigh the pros and cons and decide what was best..FOR ME. I know you will be weighing all your options as well. It is wonderful that we both HAVE options. I know..like you do...that this is just another bump in the road... we will drive right over those bumps and be on our way.... and yes... thats just the way it is.....Luv to you my friend

Jennie

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I wish your attitude would rub off on everyone.

You -will- do fantastic ! There's a certain Karma that manages
to permeate your posts; an aura that life -will- continue, in spite
of a setback or two.

And it will, you'll do fine.

John

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Sorry for this news, Buzz. I wasn't sure if CEA levels rising were only in colon and rectal cancers. Guess not. I so hope you find a good Doctor and get it removed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all the others on this board and off. I think of Donna and Kimby all the time. I hate cancer. Love Paula

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So sorry to hear this, but know you will be just fine. You are being thought of and prayed for, along with everyone else on this board, everyday. Keep up your great spirit.

Kim

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Hey Buzz

I'm sorry to hear this news, but you saw it coming - still, hearing it confirmed on paper or through the doctor's words still rings a resounding Thud. I know you will be fine, because you are one of the warriors. Yours has always been a resounding strength, though deep underneath, I do understand what you are feeling - I say this as I've just traveled this path you are going down about 2 weeks now - even though we've been watching it for 6-months.

Strangely, the confirmation of the cancer has instilled in me again the willingness to stand back up and back cancer back down once more. I'm sure as soon as you wrap your mind around it again, you will feel the same. We're a couple of old men that cancer cannot have - not yet anyway.

My new tumor was colorectal mets (had been hiding underneath my other organs for awhile just laying in wait). But the ribs they cut out of me and my chest cavity that they scraped show no growth or mets there, so that's the upside - and I'm going with it. I'm looking at possible radiation and/or a new chemo regimen - after I meet with specialists, I'll know more of what I need to do to handle my b'ness.

My surgery was a real whip, very major surgery close to removing a whole lobe or lung itself. Chest tubes in for 13 days. Morphine made me appear to be more of a Superman than I really am - gives you that kick to get it done. Once home, the reality sets in and things slow down. Recovery will be a couple of months I suspect and then we'll see about treatment.

I'd be more than happy to recommend my surgeon and my hospital in Dallas. I am their living testimony and a poster child for their hospital and their treatments. Even though the DaVinci fell thorugh because we had to go full blown to get this big tumor, I'm still helping the hospital and look forward to their article they wrote on me in a month or so. They are a first rate hospital and I got good care.

I know it's a whirlwind - I was ready to go to one surgery room and then at the last moment, we switched gears and went to another O/R. The fact that I can write to you today should tell you something right there. I saw your post and felt the strength to get up and talk to you. You are my friend and I value this opportunity to talk to you and help prop you up, but you don't need me. But, I am here if you need me. KY to TX, just an email or phone call away.

You hang in there, buddy. The wife will get on-board. My dear one has had 6-years of this $hit and she is stressed beyond belief, but still standing by my side. What more can I ask for?

Thinking of you as well as everyone here - love returned many fold!

P.S. You and I can walk this Mile of our journey together, Clift:)

-Craig

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sorry you have to deal with more of this crap and I'm betting that everything's going to be ok too. Holding you in the Light, Clift, for healing and strength.
~Audrey

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hang in there Bud, keep exploring your options.
-p

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Buzz - you are too ornery for cancer. It can't live inside of you. There is too much piss and vinegar inside of you. It will burn the cancer out. The cancer cells will say " this is Buzzard - We are outta here!!!!

Eric

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Craig, you have come too far to let this kick you in the butt. So far you are undefeated in the fight against cancer. You've never had any treatment that didn't work so far. Let's keep up it up.

Eric

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Hey, Buzz.

As you know, I've been so fortunate in my early diagnosis, so I don't have any advice about surgery or treatments for you. I just want to say that I'm praying for you and your wife. I know that's going to be a hard conversation tonight.

You're always strong for anyone who needs it here, so please don't hesitate if you need a little TLC. We're happy to give it to you! And I am quite sure Donna would want prayers to include you.

*hugs*
Gail

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There is no limit on the prayers, good thoughts and good mojo that a person can generate for others...so while we all are sending lots to Donna, there are plenty there for you as well.

I hope that you can find the right combo of docs and hospital which will help you get past this latest setback.

Marie

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Sorry to hear you are facing more surgery and probable cancer again. There are others here going through the same as you, or that have gone down that road before that can give you information and advice, just like you always share yours.

It this is more cancer, primary or not - you'll send every last cell packing. NOT WELCOME in your body. It sucks to even have to go through all this again - the shock of hearing there is tumor growth, more scans and surgery, and all the waiting to find out the specifics. Add to that the stress of having to tell your wife you are headed down the medical uncertainty road for a bit again here. But you always have such a good attitude and level head, that you'll get through it. We're all here for you - come and vent if you need to. And I'm sure when you post your surgery options there are plenty here that can give you all the info you seek.

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Cancer can't win, it will lose yet again. Plus 41 more years is what you said and I am holding you to that. Good luck telling your loved ones, that is always heartbreaking.

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You just do what you got to do.

I'm thinking of you!!
Brooks

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I agree w/Brooks. Do what ya' gotta' do and no looking back...you told me that once..no looking back. Onward and upward and we are here if/when you need us.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

-Pat aka Jaylo

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I'm sorry you have to go through this stuff again. So many decisions you will have to make One step at a time.

Take care - Tina

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Just grab on, I wont let go, you were so kind to offer the ROPE to so many way back when, now its my turn to offer it to you my friend! I know you are strong, and have a very strong faith that will get you through this. I was watching the church Channel last night, and this preacher said "be thankful for what God has brought you through, because it is what will get you through what your going through now" I am probably not remembering it word for word but I sure hope it makes as much sense to you as it did to me.

Extending the ROPE to you BUZZ XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO GRAB ON and never let go!

Love ya
Beth

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hang in there.....good attitude, we know it's tough and we know your spouse will take it even harder but keep the faith that you will beat this too!

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I'm going to Guatemala the first week in Sept. Dr says he will target as many as he can. They are having tremendous success with many complete kills.

dorookie
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Did I miss something? What is in Guatemala? Treatment?

Beth

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That is not what I was wanting to hear, Buzz. I know in my heart that you will be fine and beat this thing again, but I really hate that you have to go through those awful appointments, surgery, hurry-up-and-wait, recovery, and all that other cancer crap. You're in my prayers and I, too, know you're gonna be fine. T

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"Buzz - you are too ornery for cancer. It can't live inside of you. There is too much piss and vinegar inside of you. It"

" Donna still needs prayers, lets just concentrate on her for now" You know our Semi colon Hearts are big enough to throw up some prayers for you too!!! I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the abundance of love and good vibes and prayers propping my cancery-*** up!!

hugs

Peggy

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Buzz, i am so sorry to hear this news. I haven't been posting for awhile, and when i checked back in a couple of weeks ago, I was sorry to hear all the bad news. Your results certainly weren't the ones we wanted, but from one Christian to another, we know that God is still in control, and He knows the plans He has for you. We will all continue to pray for you and Donna and all the others. You are strong and you will get through this.
God Bless You, Carletta

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Buzz, hang in there. You've got a rough road ahead. I'll keep you in my prayers for sure and don't worry....Won't forget about Donna either..I don't know any information to share with you, just good wishes etc

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Buzzard; Just read your post, have been waiting for your results and am now writing with tears, so sorry for the negetive results. Had hoped to hear better news from you and Craig and will be anxiously waiting for something positive from both of you. I was the one that quit the chemo after one post op session and you had the perseverence to continue so I have been following your progress and now am hitting a new low point. I sure hope that your positive outlook will help get you through this. Thanks for your past help and hope your next post can be more positive news. Steve

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ah buzzy
I knew this wasnt going to be wonderful news, but at least you know now and have a plan. It is just another curve in the cancer road. I am curious how he knows (or why he thinks) this is not a cc met, but a lung cancer primary? I know this will be hard for the family- cancer has a way of bringing us all to our knees ya know. We love you here and are with you on this journey, please, please remember that.

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Buzzard
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I just told the wife....we had our moment and now she said what I did before...we'll kick it this time and again and again if we have to, but we will get through...its simply a bump in the road and we are aware now that this will be a chronic illness that will be taken care of until the "Cure" is found......Whatever it is, its still better me than one of my family members...I can handle anything, my wife knows that, but not one of my children in this situation. I am ok, my wife is now ok. We both have our faith, we both have our game faces on, and now we will step into the arena, again, and simply kick its ***... again.....Love you all, Buzz

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I'm just so happy it's not my wife or kids!! "IN THIS CORNER THE FLYING BALL OF FUREY BUZZARD and IN THIS CORNER SOON THE BE BEATEN TO A PULP CANCER" Bring it on baby!!!

Brooks

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Boy we are in this together. I have had 2 lung resections. My dx last thursday was lung met at the resection site. First was a lobectomy and I was in for 5 days. It really wasn't too bad after the first two days. In 2 weeks I was back at work. The second was a wedge resection of the other lung. For whatever reason this one was harder on me. Much was just mental. They make you get up ASAP which is good but breathing with the tubes and drains in was tough. Gotta take it slow. I go up tomorrow to talk to the thoracic surgeon who did the first two. We will discuss cyberknife, surgery and/or RFA. He does VATS but prefers an open which goes under the arm..no ribs cut and has thre incisions. He likes this because they deflate the lung and then he can palpate the lung to feel for anything else. Remaining lung volume is an issue though. The lung has 3 lobes on right side and two on the left. They can do wedges resections or take a lobe. Lets try to kick this together. You can call me off site if you wish. I go to Stanford
Chip in CA

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Thank you Chip for the information...very very helpful and extremely emotionally satisfying. I may be in touch most likely through PM in here but I will stay in touch......again, thank all of you for you thoughts, prayers and well wishes... :) Buzz

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Buzz,

Really sorry to hear your news, but a positive attitude can go a long way. Hang in there and kick cancers A$$ again.

Don

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but I am confident that your positive attitude will continue to serve you well. You are and will continue to be an inspiration as you get in the fighting frame of mind and kick this beast to the curb!
Warmest regards,
Joanne

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Hey Buzz,

Really sorry to hear this, but yeah- you're tough & will reel out the punches on this soon. I'll keep you in prayer. God continues to sustain me and I know he will you too.

Hugs,
Lisa

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Buzz if you don't have a red cape and a large "S" under that shirt you should have. I don't need to tell you to stay strong.

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You of course are in my prayers. You are a strong man and I know you will pick the right course. Thinking of you.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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This sucks! I'm sorry you didn't get better news.

As you probably remember, My husband's first post chemo pet scan showed uptake in the right lung. Three spots, turned out to be colon cancer mets. Had a wedge resection and they felt around while in there to check for anything else. Everything looked good, and all margins were clear. He was out of the hospital within a week and back to work in two. Within two months he was at a photo shoot for the 2011 Colondar showing off his scars for the world to see. He even went wakeboarding while there!

He chose not to do chemo this time around. He had some chemo sensitivity testing done, had many discussions with his onc, consulted another oncologist, met with a naturopath, did research... Basically tried to be as well informed as possible. There are a variety of factors that led to his decision but for now he's getting scanned every 3mo and focusing on health, nutrition, supplements, exercise, etc. Not sure what your next steps will be, but there are many options. One will fit your situation and get you on the road to recovery. He just had his second clear PET! Woohoo! 5months NED! So - there is hope! We aren't out of the woods yet, by any means. But - surgery was successful and he's feeling great. All we can ask for right now.

I hope you find a plan that you are comfortable with. You'll get back to NED in no time!!

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I'm so sorry to hear this news. And in awe and admiration at your attitude. You are right -- wooped it before, and can woop it again. I can tell you are in 'action' mode now.

I have had surgery 3 times, each time for a solitary lung met. One time was a lobectomy. The other two were wedge resections, using VATS. My recovery wasn't too bad -- they get you up and walking quickly. And I kept walking! For what it's worth, my lung capacity is still well over 90%, even after 3 surgeries. A few months ago, I did a 25 km hike - involving a lot of hills. Did OK, for a woman my age (!). (Yes, it was timed!). Happy to share any further details of my surgery/recovery, if useful.

Good luck as you begin putting together your plan.

I will be with you every step.

Tara

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CRAIG ..SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEW TUMOR. YOU MENTION GOING TO VANDERBILT. FRANK HAD A GREAT THORACIC SURGEON ...HIS NAME IS ERIC SHAWN K LAMBRIGHT..HE IS AT THE VANDERBILT-INGRAM CANCER CENTER RIGHT NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL. HIS NUMBER IS 615-322-0064. HE TALKS PLAIN WITH YOU SO THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND AND HIS FAITH IN GOD AND HIS POWER WAS SO REASSURING. HE IS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF THORACIC SURGERY, SURGICAL DIRECTOR, LUNG TRANSPLANT. HE IS AWESOME. YOU HAVE BEEN ON OUR PRAYER LIST AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE. YOU ARE AN AMAZING CARING MAN WHO GIVES INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. HOPE THIS INFORMATION HELPS WE HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR VANDERBILT HOSPITAL, STAFF, DOCTORS ETC. EVEN THOUGH FRANK'S CANCER HAS NOT COOPERATED ...THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO GIVE HIM A BETTER CHANCE. KEEP US UPDATE AND KNOW WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
ANNA

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My prayers are with you and your wife at this moment. However, I truly believe you will kick this latest cancer set back in the royal arse.
Thinking of you.
Winter Marie

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I'm sending my best hugs along to you! Please, please keep us posted!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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angelsbaby
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you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers along with so many others that are fighting So hard. I hope they take it out and it never comes back.

michelle

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Clift,

Like Kathi said there are more than enough prayers to go around for both Donna, and you.

Keep fighting!

Hugs,

Sue

Fight for my love
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Hi Buzz,we all know you can do this.I just want you to know that you are in my mind and I wish you the best,hope you will get cured very soon.I am glad you caught this early enough.It's always good to have surgery as an option to get rid of it.Best luck to you with finding a good surgeon.Heading to NED very soon.Take care.

sasjourney
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Buzz,

Hang in there and you will beat this thing. Keep the positive thoughts going and tell your body that these cancer cells will not survive. The Lord is with you and will heal you.

Hugs,
Sara

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Buzzard,

No pertinent information for you concerning lung surgery or treatment but you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

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