Here's a brief overview as is in my signature at Lungevity: 6/07 DX NSCLC, Left Upper Lobe wedge resection: Stage 2.3/4, (2B?) Adenocarcinoma, measures 2.5x1.5x1.1cm. Involving visceral pleura but not through it. 6 months chemo, carboplatin and Taxol.
9/07, 1/08, 7/08, 6/09, 1/10, 6/10 CT Scan - NED. 1/11 3.5 mm node found. 10/11 CT scan reveals node now 8 mm, and new 6 mm node. 11/11 CT Pet shows slight uptake. 1/4/12 Biopsy - Pneumothorax complication. 1/14/12 Lobectomy of upper rt. lobe.
NSCLC Adenocarcinoma in situ, nonmucinous (bronchioloalveolar carcinoma) 1.4cm involves pulmonary parenchyma. 3 nodes discovered.
This is my second thoracotemy in four and a half years. Both cancers were staged IIB with chemotherapy recommended both times. Last surgery was January 14, 2012. I meet with doctors on 2/21 to discuss recommended chemotherapy (ies). When I met with the surgeon last week for the normal post-op follow up, he wanted me to understand that chemo is going to be recommended again. He said that it was important for me to decide quickly because "chemotherapy needs to begin within six weeks after the surgery." I vaguely seem to remember something like that the last time.
ANYWAY, what is the significance of six weeks? I asked to move my appointment out from early Feb. because my pain was so significant, and I wanted to be further along in healing before going down this chemotherapy road. Now I'm being told about this six week thing, and I don't understand. No one mentioned this before. Please help if you can! Thank you so much.