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jackshere
jackshere Member Posts: 4
Hi
I had a third of my right lung removed in 1997 due to cancer and its almost 14 years now since I stopped smoking. I had chest xray in the last week and the consultant has told me that my lungs are now in great condition and its as though they look like i never had an operation!I am delighted with this news so my question is can your lungs regenerate over the length of time as in my case?--kind regards

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  • medi_2
    medi_2 Member Posts: 505
    Hi!
    I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know that after quitting smoking your lungs condition improves vastly...Excellent news!
    Cheers
    Medi
  • soccerfreaks
    soccerfreaks Member Posts: 2,788
    No
    As far as I know, the only organ capable of regeneration on its own is the liver. But...I've been wrong before.

    Congrats on the great exam!

    Take care,

    Joe
  • Glenna M
    Glenna M Member Posts: 1,576
    Great news!!
    Sounds like great news to me!!! Not sure if the doctor meant your lungs were regenerating or whether they just looked much better than before...whatever it is it sound good to me!!

    Stay well,
    Glenna
  • 3Mana
    3Mana Member Posts: 811
    Great!
    It's good to hear some good news for a change! There's been so many lost on this site, so when something is posted where someone is doing good, it makes this site worthwhile. All the support on here whether your a patient or a caregiver helps so much.
    Good luck to you! Carole
  • jackshere
    jackshere Member Posts: 4
    3Mana said:

    Great!
    It's good to hear some good news for a change! There's been so many lost on this site, so when something is posted where someone is doing good, it makes this site worthwhile. All the support on here whether your a patient or a caregiver helps so much.
    Good luck to you! Carole

    Thanks Carole and thanks for all your replies

    I just found this site and thought i would share my good fortune with you and i must tell you i am 71 now and expect to live a lot longer as 14 years ago when i was diagnosed i thought my life was over and i must also tell you the consultant/surgeon told me i was a star having survived this long but i had to say to him he was the star that made it possible--he just smiled--best regards
  • jackshere
    jackshere Member Posts: 4
    3Mana said:

    Great!
    It's good to hear some good news for a change! There's been so many lost on this site, so when something is posted where someone is doing good, it makes this site worthwhile. All the support on here whether your a patient or a caregiver helps so much.
    Good luck to you! Carole

    Thanks Carole and thanks for all your replies

    I just found this site and thought i would share my good fortune with you and i must tell you i am 71 now and expect to live a lot longer as 14 years ago when i was diagnosed i thought my life was over and i must also tell you the consultant/surgeon told me i was a star having survived this long but i had to say to him he was the star that made it possible--he just smiled--best regards
  • luz del lago
    luz del lago Member Posts: 449
    jackshere said:

    Thanks Carole and thanks for all your replies

    I just found this site and thought i would share my good fortune with you and i must tell you i am 71 now and expect to live a lot longer as 14 years ago when i was diagnosed i thought my life was over and i must also tell you the consultant/surgeon told me i was a star having survived this long but i had to say to him he was the star that made it possible--he just smiled--best regards

    Beautiful!
    You are truly wonderful! This news is so enlightening and offers hope for so many! Yell it from the roof tops! Be an advocate! Tell everyone that will listen. There is hope for all!

    Bless you,

    Lucy
  • pkaz53
    pkaz53 Member Posts: 84

    Beautiful!
    You are truly wonderful! This news is so enlightening and offers hope for so many! Yell it from the roof tops! Be an advocate! Tell everyone that will listen. There is hope for all!

    Bless you,

    Lucy

    Hello and Welcome
    This is awesome 14 years and still going strong this inspires and brings hope to all of us
  • jackshere
    jackshere Member Posts: 4

    Beautiful!
    You are truly wonderful! This news is so enlightening and offers hope for so many! Yell it from the roof tops! Be an advocate! Tell everyone that will listen. There is hope for all!

    Bless you,

    Lucy

    Thank You
    Hi Lucy

    Thank you for your lovely comments and to everyone else

    Just one other thing I was told last week by the Consultant/Surgeon he told me I was cured and had been for many years but they wanted to keep an eye on me just in case it should come back so thats why I was getting an xray each year for all those years but now he said as I was cured I no longer had to go back I feel so lucky and as you say there is hope for us all and I wish everyone the best of luck kind regards --Jack
  • lekkerone
    lekkerone Member Posts: 199
    jackshere said:

    Thank You
    Hi Lucy

    Thank you for your lovely comments and to everyone else

    Just one other thing I was told last week by the Consultant/Surgeon he told me I was cured and had been for many years but they wanted to keep an eye on me just in case it should come back so thats why I was getting an xray each year for all those years but now he said as I was cured I no longer had to go back I feel so lucky and as you say there is hope for us all and I wish everyone the best of luck kind regards --Jack

    Jack
    That is awesome news. May your cancer free life be a very good one.
  • sissylu1
    sissylu1 Member Posts: 66
    question
    I had my right middle lobe removed the "old way" in December of this year, almost 3 months out and still feeling pain underneath my right breast, feels like I am wearing a bra 4 sizes too small...anyway, I asked my surgeon and oncologist (did not have to have follow up chemo or radiation, was staged 1a) how my body will compensate for the loss of the middle lobe..what he explained to me what that my right lung was like a muscle being cut in half and over time as long as I am healing properly (that is why those breathing exercises are so important following surgery) the top and bottom part of the lung will fill up and expand to compensate for the loss-maybe that is what your doctor is telling you but he used the word regenerate? I have already had a CT scan and will have them for the next 3 months for the first year, etc...it is such great news to hear how long you have survived this-what stage were you? I would recommend to ANYONE out there to have an annual chest x-ray, that is how mine was discovered.
  • Dapsterd
    Dapsterd Member Posts: 291

    No
    As far as I know, the only organ capable of regeneration on its own is the liver. But...I've been wrong before.

    Congrats on the great exam!

    Take care,

    Joe

    Joe...good to see/read your comments as always !....

    I have never heard of this regeneration but if it happended to you, it could happen to me and many others here !!!!

    Thanx--pretty cool !

    Dave
  • Dapsterd
    Dapsterd Member Posts: 291
    I bet that Bobbit guy from a few years back wish he could regenerate one of his organs !!!
  • stayingcalm
    stayingcalm Member Posts: 650
    Dapsterd said:

    I bet that Bobbit guy from a few years back wish he could regenerate one of his organs !!!

    Ha ha ha!
    I thought he had it sewn back on :P
  • z
    z Member Posts: 1,411 Member
    Hello, Good news. My oncologist told me that when a lobe is removed it will cause the left over lobes to increase in size by up to 30%, so maybe with that type of increase its hard to tell with an xray or ct, that the lobe was removed.
  • mamacita5
    mamacita5 Member Posts: 254

    Ha ha ha!
    I thought he had it sewn back on :P

    You are right Debbie!
    They found "it" in the field where she had tossed it, and sewed it back on!
  • joep531857
    joep531857 Member Posts: 32
    Hi, my name is Joe. I just had half of my left lung removed on jan18th. I have since quit smoking and continue to do my breathing exercises. Regardless, of whether or not your lung regenerates i think you can build it up just like you can with any muscle tissue. But hearing your story and the 14 yrs since quitting is inspiration that i can and will use. Thank you for sharing your hope with me and many others.
    sincerely,
    Joe
  • z
    z Member Posts: 1,411 Member

    Hi, my name is Joe. I just had half of my left lung removed on jan18th. I have since quit smoking and continue to do my breathing exercises. Regardless, of whether or not your lung regenerates i think you can build it up just like you can with any muscle tissue. But hearing your story and the 14 yrs since quitting is inspiration that i can and will use. Thank you for sharing your hope with me and many others.
    sincerely,
    Joe

    Bobbit
    Bobbit was also in a porn movie after they sewed it back on.
  • groundhog
    groundhog Member Posts: 44
    z said:

    Bobbit
    Bobbit was also in a porn movie after they sewed it back on.

    Ladies, Please.......
    and z, is that something you've heard, or did you actually SEE this??
  • z
    z Member Posts: 1,411 Member
    groundhog said:

    Ladies, Please.......
    and z, is that something you've heard, or did you actually SEE this??

    Bobbit
    It was well publicized and it worked. I had no desire to see it.