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Chemo an option? Surgery bad?

Hey everyone, just updating you on my dad. He recently had another pet scan. This morning was follow up with the doctor and the tumor has grown and showing active (meaning it's growing) now - it is small as a nickel and they want to snip it. He would stay in hospital for 3-4 days to get diagnosis if cancer or not. If so they would remove part of lung that nodule was on.

Is having surgery a bad option? Wouldn’t chemo be better?

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Surgery is the Gold Standard in cancer treatment. It’s an option not offered patients with advanced cancer. I’m grateful that it’s an option for him. Surgery gets it out of there where they can’t be sure Chemo or radiation does. He may ask about adjuvant chemotherapy, in case the primary shed any cells. It would mop them up.

Usually adjuvant and neo adjuvant therapies are only offered when the tumor reaches a certain size or stage. I’ll try to find a link for you.

Best hopes!

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Thanks for the insight, Denzie. When we hear surgery and cancer we tend to freak out and think of the what if’s. I was always told that once cancer hits air it spreads (this is what was told to me when I was younger and my grandfather head a brain tumor). What’s adjuvant chemo?

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Adjuvant Chemo means Chemo given after surgery. Neo adjuvant chemo is chemo given prior to surgery.

The thing about those surgeries where they say they opened him up and he died soon after? Ive come think what happened is that they opened him up and found the cancer had already spread much further than expected and closed them up saving them some of the pain of recovery. Just a guess though.

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Have Dad get it surgically removed. And if necessary, get the lobe removed. I am a survivor and view my lobectomy as absolutely having saved my life. I also had maximum radiation and chemo, but as Dennie stated surgical removal is the gold standard. All Best Wishes, judg69

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Thanks Judg69 for the advice. It’s always nice to hear from people who’ve experienced this very same thing offer words of encouragement. I am so happy so hear that having surgery saved your life! *hugs*

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My Husband will have lung surgery within the next few weeks but he is waiting 8 months for the surgery, what i truly want to know is during the weeks before the surgery did you get very tired and want to stay in bed also my Husband has terrible headache, I think it's stress but i don't want to force him to get out of bed as i have no idea if i am doing the right thing, as its getting near the time for surgery and having to wait so long, he had 4 biopsy's and 2 pet scans, please let my know if you or anyone was tired all the time and had headache's while waiting.please let me know.

thnkyou

Margaret. (joeyroe)

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I had my lower left lobe removed 16 months ago because it contained a 1.5 cm nodule that was stage 1A NSCLC adenocarcinoma. I did not have any follow up chemo or radiation. So far there is no evidence of disease (NED). I am 70 years old and feel good. If the doctors recommended surgery, it is probably the best advice.......in spite of the expected risk involved with any thoracic surgery. Wishing the best for your dad.

Rick

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That sound's good as my Husband is also 70 but waiting on surgery, he is so scared and very tired all the time and bad headache's is this normal?

Joeyroe. (margaret)

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The best thing to do is remove the cancer from his body if possible. Then you follow up with chemo to kill any of those little cells that may be somewhere else in his body. I know the idea of surgery is scary but find a doctor that you trust to do the surgery if that is what they decide to do. Sending you strength during this difficult time.

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I had a wedge resection almost 5 years ago. Because it was 1b, i opted for chemo. I would vite for surgery. To me its worth hoping they get it all. I was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Had surgery 3 weeks ago. They removed a foot of colon. They think they got it, but it had affected some lymph nodes, so off to chemo again. Good luck to your day!

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Thanks for the suggestion. Any differences in breathing or day to day activities after the wedge resection? Praying for your speedy recovery during this time. Sending well wishes your way.

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I was really breathless for a while, but after a few weeks was better than before since I quit smoking!

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Hi. For what it's worth, I would always accept the surgery route if it has been offered. In my opinion, chemo should be a last resort option because of the potential side-effects. Good luck!

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If the doctors recommend surgery, they believe your dad is a good candidate and healthy enough to go through it. Depending on how much lung tissue is removed he may have more shortness of breath afterwards. I went through it three years ago and do not regret the decision. Although I do not have the stamina I had before, I am able to function quite well. Also I'm three years older (76). I'm sure you and he will make the right decision for you.

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I agree with the others, if he is a candidate for surgery, have the surgery. I had the upper left lobe removed 5 years ago, and then did (some) chemo to try to "mop up" any cells that may have been floating around. You can live very well with 4 lobes instead of 5.

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I would just go with what the docs recommend myself. They have not just been working on their bowling game all this time.

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