Sorry this may be a long post!
My mum had her appointment with the Oncologist today, it should have been about 6 weeks ago but was delayed due to her complications post surgery. Anyway he offered mum chemo (cisplatin and vinorelbine) 4 cycles if possible. During the appointment he kept referring to a T4 N2 tumour, I asked what he meant by the T4 part as we had been lead to believe that my mums cancer was early stage and the right side tumour was also around 1.5 inches on the pet scan in December 2016 and the left one was "microscopic" and too small to be seen on a ct scan. After the surgery (done by vats) the surgeon did tell my mum that the right tumour had grown a bit and was also in her lymph nodes on the same side. Anyway the oncologist was a bit confused at first about the T4, and said it probably did relate to the tumour size. He checked back through some notes he had made but was unable to access his computer to check fully and said the right lung tumour was roughly 8cm by 7cm and there were microscopic cells in the visceral pleura and lymph nodes and the left tumour was still a t2 and about 2.78cm. I am so shocked - she has gone from being told it is early stage - surgery with curative intent to some cells in the lymph nodes to this! I can't understand how her surgery was done by vats either as her scar is nowhere near 8cm long!! He then went on to say that everything was removed surgically with good margins etc and the chemo will give her only an extra 5% on her survival chance so she has to make a decision if she wants to go ahead considering the risks over the benefits. I am so shocked and bewildered after this it was like he was talking about 2 different people! I have looked on some of the websites and believe this means she is now stage 3B. So should chemo not be essential rather than an option? Should she not be offered radiation too? I just can't believe that this has turned out so different to what we were told.