My post lobectomy follow up appointment with the Thoracic team is tomorrow. I'm not sure what the process is at my local hospital. Does anybody know the standard process? Do they send you for an updated x-ray or scan? The letter doesn't say anything other than the appointment details I know I will find out the lab results of the tumor the pleura and all the lobes they removed and at the same time I imagine confirmation as to whether I have to have adjuvant chemo/radiotherapy. In a way I am leaning to hoping they are going to suggest adjuvant treatment as my research has shown that cancer patients with Stage 2B and my particular cancer squamous cell, have an increased success rate if this is the case. It would also appear that to be the case that most patients with Stage 2B post op do indeed get offered such treatment as a matter of course but this seems to be a postcode lottery in the UK due to costs. Has anybody else been in the exact same position?
I am preparing my list of questions to include if no adjuvant treatment why they have decided that and to confirm the evidence is this will not leave me in a less favorable position, as well as the usual questions like frequency of X-rays and/or CT scans and if only X-rays suggested why (given they only provide limited detail and CT scans are much more accurate and informative). I am also aware that squamous cell is one of those cancers that should it recur it will be far more aggressive than before and more likely to appear other organs so it seems to me CT scans would be more appropriate. Can anybody offer any suggestions for any other pertinent questions?
In the meantime, I am so happy that I can have my first bath in absolutely ages it feels like, so I'm off to enjoy that right now.
Enjoy the rest of your day everybody.