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Hello RicKoehn. Welcome. I am sorry you have been diagnosed with the Lung Cancer but am so happy that it was done early Stage I and that your doctor has quickly set a plan of care. I like Tom was Stage 3B . I had to have chemo and radiation before it shrunk enough to do surgery. So I was still in recovery from that when I had surgery on top to also recover from. I had the surgery in the spring of 1998. I had to have chemo after surgery too so with all that it took a while to recover. I hope your recovery goes smoothly . I also agree with Tom though that you should follow the Doctors instructions. Be patient.
Even what I went through was worth it. Here I am over 18 years later talking to you ! What's 4-6 weeks compared to that ? Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Welcome here Rickoehn!
If there is any celebration possible with a lung cancer diagnosis it is a stage I discovery. I know there are stage I discoveries but I hear about so few that I can't begin to predict how long surgical recovery might be. What type of surgery is to be performed? Is your doctor including post surgical chemo in the 4 to 6 week recovery projection? Is post-surgical chemo even prescribed for stage I lung cancer (question to myself....)?
I was diagnosed stage IIIB and had pre-surgical radiation and chemo to shrink the tumor to allow the surgeon to completely remove my right lung. Even given the seriousness of that surgery, I was discharged to home 5 days after surgery and advised to avoid strenuous activity for 2 weeks. I was on track to return to work until I caught an infection that landed me back in the hospital. So my plan with a complete pneumonectomy was return to work in 3 weeks.
Knowing what I know about lung cancer, I'd advise strict adherence to your doctor's suggestions. It is a nasty disease and your stage of discovery yields the best possible treatment outcome. But, it is still nasty!
Stay the course.
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.