I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma for the second time just a few weeks ago. I had VATS surgery 5 years ago to remove very small tumors (2cm) in my right lower lobe. Since that date, I have had CT scans every 6 months. In September the radiologist noticed some growth in what had been a suspicious spot in my left upper lobe. Biopsy confirmed it was the same multifocal, indolent kind of cancer that I had in my right lung. I am schedule for an upper lobe lobectomy in 2 weeks via VATS to remove two ~ 1.3 cm tumors. This cancer from the beginning was found very early because I requested a scan due to my mother's and sister's lung cancer. They have both since died. My doctor says my case is unusual because, 1.) they found it so early 2.) and because I had a reoccurrence. He is really unable to give me an idea of my future with this cancer. Evidently, most people don't have reoccurrences. Both my oncologist is optimistic that the surgery will be successful and they will get all the cancer by taking the whole lobe. Because my pulmonary function test was good, they think my recovery will be good too. I am 61 years old. I am fairly healthy but have experienced a major loss in the last 3 months, my son's suicide. I feel ok about the upcoming surgery, and because I know what the recovery is like I know I can get through it, but I worry about my future quality of life, and if the cancer will come back again. I have two beautiful grandchildren and a daughter that need me right now. I do qualify for targeted therapy if we get to that point in the future. Any insights from this community would be appreciated.
Thu, 01/23/2020 - 10:50#1
lung lobectomy for Adenocarcinoma