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I had a PET scan July 22 and needle biopsy the 25th. Results back the 26th. Non small cell lung cancer, it appears to be stage 1. I will be having surgery on August 4th. I was told I would be off work for 4 to 6 weeks. Is the recovery really that hard? This is exactly the wrong time of year for me to be off work. I am looking for information on what to expect during at home recovery. I keep the books for my company. I think I should be able to do some work from home. I have done some research but not sure how much of it will apply to me. Any help with what to expect after surgery will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for asking Tom. It, unfortunately was a mistake. No harm no foul.I'm sure it was thourghly discussed.I developed a case of thrush. I had severe hick ups and could no burp for a couple of days. Very annoying. My Oncologist set me up with medicines to relieve everything.This week has been great! Ready to go again. I seem to be tolerating everything pretty well so far.
I have adeno carcinoma with mixed subtypes (acinar and micropapillary) Have different approaches been developed to address these subtypes? BTW-I tested negative on the Alk lung fish, ros1 fish, and Egfr mutation analysis not detected.
Welcome here ryansmith.
Unfortunately, I know what you are going through. I've survived more than 12 years since diagnosis with late stage non small cell lung cancer. I've had many surgeries, radiation treatments and too many chemotherapy infusions. The bottom line is if I can live, so can your wife.
Lauren's told you about read-in resources for adenocarcinoma and I suggest you spend some time learning about your wife's disease. Fortunately, new treatments are emerging rapidly for people with adenocarcinoma because of exciting developments in the filed of molecular profiling. So learn about these new developments and ask your wife's doctor if her treatment can benefit from one of these new therapies.
You will have a ton of questions and this is a good place to ask away.
Many of us here have been where you are right now, and the important take-away for you is that we are still here!
Stay the course.
Welcome here Apoorvamaniktala,
It saddens me to hear of your father's diagnosis.
It may be helpful to tell us the type of lung cancer your father has. There are two basic types: small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell cancer has subtypes associated with it. The reason this is important is this site is for all lung cancer survivors but the treatment and treatment availability varies for types and subtypes. So folks here will be better able to assist you in understanding your father's treatments if we know the type. Here is some information to assist you in understanding lung cancer types: https://www.lungevity.org/about-lung-cancer/lung-cancer-101/types-of-lung-cancer
What kind of radiation treatment is your father having? There is standard external beam radiation therapy, and 3 newer methods of image guided radiation. I've had two of the methods - standard external beam radiation and stereotactic radiation. Here is a good resource to help you understand the types of radiation therapy: https://www.lungevity.org/about-lung-cancer/lung-cancer-101/treatment-options/radiation-therapy
My standard external beam radiation was performed over a period of 30 days. Each session took about 15 minutes from the time I entered the clinic till the treatment was complete. For the first 10 or so days, I experienced no discomfort. Then the skin on my chest became red, like a bad sunburn, and I developed a dry cough. My doctor gave me medication to assist with these problems. By about the 15th day, I started to feel very tired after each treatment. I felt like treatments were reducing my energy levels. During my last 5 treatments, I spent much of my time in bed because I was very tired. I quickly recovered my energy level and returned to normal after treatment was over.
My stereotactic radiation was only 3 days long but each treatment was about a half hour long. I experience no side effects from this radiation at all.
I hope your father's treatments are progressing well. Feel free to ask any further questions.
Stay the course.