Stage 2 lung cancer

Hi everyone. I had my right lower lung removed because I had a baseball size tumor that was stage 2 cancer this past March. It's been a long haul recuperating but I'm cancer free. I had my first CT Scan and it was negative - there were no lymph nodes involved or cancer outside that portion of the lung. My oncologist and I decided that Chemo or radiation at this stage in my life (70) would be of a benefit since there is no cancer. I guess my question is, what are the chances of the cancer returning if they got it all? In 1988 I had Stage 4 melanoma on my left hand and that was removed by surgery and in 2001 I had a right mastectomy.


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  • Thank you Roberta, I really appreciate your advice and I will be getting that book. I wish you well.

  • I'm so glad you were able to have it surgically removed. You should get a second opinion from a doctor. You seem to be doing well and if you're cancer free now, take the time to make the right decision. Good luck and God bless.

  • Thanks Ruthie.

  • I was a stage 1B when I had my upper right lobe removed; and had chemo for exactly the reason that #Mesa1219 stated. My tumo was located right on the lining of my lung and also had genetic testing of the tumor. Both of those things helped me with my decision to have chemo.

  • Thanks Steph and I hope you are doing well now.

  • @lindarahtes Hi i'm jo you sound so much like me,what I went through. Got breast cancer they removed my breast it was stage 0. Two years later I got lung cancer Stagethree in lympnodes. Did six months of chemo. It has been three years they can't even find it any where,its gone from my lympnodes so i'm cancer free. You know there is always that chance but you have a very good chanceof it never coming back. I was told if it did it would be some where else and it wouldn.t be the same kind of cancer.I was told it may never come back. I believe that yours won't come back. so believe have faith and stay strong. I'm here if you want to talk @Jo Taylor

  • Thanks, I've always been very positive and it seems like it happens every 13 or 14 years or so - I'm 70 and it's harder to bounce back now but I'm getting there. The Thoracic Surgeon I had was Dr. Howe in Charlotte and he was absolutely the greatest and Presbyterian Hospital is top notch. They treated me like a queen. I'm glad that you are doing so well and likewise, I'm here if you need to talk as well. I also believe in the power of prayer - that's what got me through, a great family support system and fantastic friends ~ Linda

  • Lindarahtes, I have to apologize! I have no idea how I missed your post a month ago...just makes me feel terrible. I stumbled on it today and thought, "what??? How did I miss this???" So glad you shared your story and that the community reacted so warmly, as it always does. Just want to say welcome and am happy to have your voice added to the others - its a good place to be.

  • Thanks Peggy and it's ok, we get busy from time to time and that's understandable. This is a great support group to be in and I'm really enjoying being in here so thanks for having me.

  • Our pleasure completely!

  • I had chemo after surgery too after M.D. Telling me I was cancer free. My cancer has returned twice. I had 8 weeks of chemo and 8 weeks of radiation and still have cancer. I do not know if you qualify for immunotherapy but I would ask doc about it. Less side affects than chemo and at your age it might be an option. I went to Duke for second opinion and they would like to see immunotherapy as first line than chemo. Good luck.

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