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todd121
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On 2/12 I will have a 3-4cm tumor removed in my upper right lung. RCC metastasis. Maybe a piece of the rib.

Anybody have a surgery like this? I'm wondering what to expect in recovery and long term from this? The surgeon said I won't lose function, but I'm just guessing the pleura will not heal like it was before and expecting pulling, tension, or pain there maybe for the rest of my life. Anybody have experience with this?

The surgeon told me to expect worse pain than with my nephrectomy. That surprised me to hear. His explanation was that the lungs move all the time and that trauma to the ribs heals slower because they are moving all the time when you breath and move (especially in bed).

Any and all advice and experience is welcome.

Thank you all!

Todd

P.S. I had my brain and chest MRI today. My brain was clear. Don't know yet about the tumor's involvement with the ribs to find out if I can do surgery or not and whether I will lose a rib. Waiting on the surgeon.

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eug91
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Great job getting through your MRI! 

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AliceB1950
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Wishing you an easy surgery and recovery. Are you a member of Smartpatients? We can give you friendship and moral support, but I think there are more people there who are knowledgeable about metastatic issues.

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todd121
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I am on SmartPatients.

Todd

Deanie0916
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No advice but good thoughts and prayers coming your way!

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APny
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No advice just thinking of you and wishing you the very best. Hugs xo

a_oaklee
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Hey Todd.  Your surgeon is correct in telling you that it is more painful than a nephrectomy, but that is due to location.  Correct to say that the chest wall movement of breathing is the reason.  The thing is you really need to medicate for discomfort.  If you are comfortable due to the drugs, you will be able to breathe better, take deeper breaths, move about, and cough.  Dont be stoic or brave.  Take what you can get, and if its not enough ask for more.   

Re your rib.  I would be asking questions about that.  What rib.  Why possible removal.  Is it for access, or to remove an area that they think has cancer.  Is it in the bone?   Can they treat your rib with radiation, cementoplasty, cryo, etc..  Those are the questions I would ask.

My husband had bone mets stage 4 at the time of his diagnosis in 2012.  He did have a rib met that was never treated.  However, all of this time he takes targeted therapy and a bone agent.  The rib met is completely inactive, "no metabolic activity" and does not show up on CT PET scans.

 

I wish you the very best Todd.  I know you are going to do well.  I honestly dont think you will have lasting problems after this surgery.  I think you will bounce back as soon as possible to your normal activities.

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Hd67xlch
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the three lung surgeries were much easier and faster to recover from than the kidney removal, youll be up and walking the day  you get out of the icu, I know its easy for me to say it but ive been through it three times, and its gotten easier each time, 2016 2017 and 2019, and im doing fine. As far as afterwards pain it depends where the slice you open at, the two left lung surgeries I had have never been a issue, the right lung one has left me with semi constant pain at the incision site on my back(post thoracotomy pain syndrome effects 50% of patients), but its nothing I cant live with, hang in there youll be fine, gl.

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Allochka
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Hey Todd, any update? How did it go?

a_oaklee
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Hi Todd.  I hope everything went well and you are recovering without any problems.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  

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lobbyist0724
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Hi Todd, wish you a speedy recovery and the best results!

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APny
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Thinking of you Todd. Hope all is well and you're recovering nicely. 

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Allochka
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Todd was disappearing for long periods before as well. So I hope he is OK now, just recovering and resting.

 

Todd, let us know how you're doing, OK?

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