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Question on a procedure

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Butt
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I have dozens of mets in my lungs. Despite chemo, they are increasing. Did anyone have SBRT or gamma knife done on just a few big ones when the rest were left behind? Butt.

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Joan M
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That was 2 years ago.  I would like to get it again, but the doctor who performed it here moved so need a referral to a different medical facility.  I'm not sure if they will even authorize it now because I have a hilar lymph node that is twice as big as any of the tumors and they can't do anything to remove it due to surrounding blood vessels.

Good luck.  

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I was asking my oncologist this week about it, since two of my tumors seemed to start growing.  Will see what my next scan shows. Until this point, surgery or other treatment was kept on the sidelines.   Basically if the couple of tumors continue to grow (most stopped, except for two per a late summer scan which looked to start up again) in a way where it looks like they will start obstructing my breathing or cause structual damage, we will consider an intervention along those lines.  

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Butt
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What is that specific intervention plan?

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In all likelihood.  Ablation is out, because it seems that it is not as effective on tumors over 2cM.

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