Hi Lovely Ladies
I’ve posted a couple of times in the last few months regarding my probable recurrence. It’s been a year since a CT scan picked up 3 enlarged lymph nodes in my diaphragm and chest areas.
At Xmas a second PET scan showed an increase in velocity to medium high and my oncologist discussed starting chemo. I decided to watch and wait for one more time so had another CT scan in March and this showed stability, no increase in size this time. Great to hear but also a bit bemusing what to do. A PET scan may have shown an increase again but who knows? So my oncologist discussed with her normal MDT and with Barts snd the general agreement was to refer me to a Thoracic surgeon who will remove the most accessible lymph node although they’re all a bit awkward in position and biopsy it.
So the procedure is Video Assisted Thoracic surgery and is booked for 10th May. The surgeon advised me to have it done so that we know once and for all what is going on in there. Is it metastatic OC is it a completely new site or joy of joys is it absolutely nothing to worry about? I can see the sense in getting that peace of mind Or of confirming further treatment is needed but am getting very anxious about another op and if it’s really necessary.?!
Because of where these lymph’s are located, near the heart, I may end up with ongoing palpitations or breathing problems and I’m thinking is it worth that risk. Would it be just as well to watch and wait with regular scans and then have the chemo if and when it’s needed.
I know some other ladies have had lymph nodes in the chest areas some which have been connected to recurrence and some whose didnt progress at all. But has anyone had this VATS procedure who could offer me some advice please?
Love and hugs to you all