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LexieCat last won the day on August 2

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    Hi, Julie, I just had my upper left lobe removed after a lung nodule my pulmonologist had been following grew and had a "highly suspicious appearance." Pulmonologist said there was, based on what he was seeing, maybe a 1-2 percent chance that it was non-malignant, and it was suspicious enough he recommended removal regardless of whether it turned out to be cancer. At the time, the nodule was about 1 cm (it grew a bit more before surgery and was about 1.5 cm when it came out). Everything I read about cyberknife suggested that it was really only appropriate when the patient can't tolerate surgery (e.g., poor lung function). I was tested and found to have GREAT lung function, and my surgery (VATS--minimally invasive) was pretty undramatic (though I did have a post surgical air leak that puffed me up pretty bad and put me back in the hospital for a few more days to properly deflate). I had surgery on July 10, and have recovered virtually completely. I still try to take it easy stretching the area of the incisions--I started back to yoga bit too soon and paid for that, but after a week off from yoga and going slow and easy, I'm doing great. I figure in a few more weeks I probably won't even feel the effects of the surgery. After the pathology was finally worked out, I was staged at 1b NSCLC (adenocarcinoma) (surgeon thinks it SHOULD be 1a, but there was some disagreement about whether the tumor had invaded the pleura). Anyway, no chemo for now--just on scans every six months to make sure everything stays happy. I just wanted to reassure you that if you are eligible for the VATS surgery, it really isn't a terribly big deal, and offers the best prospects. When I asked my surgeon to explain the reasoning behind removing the entire lobe, he said that doing that cuts off (literally) all the blood/lymph vessels that errant cancer cells could use to escape. That's why it's the preferred mode of treatment when it's early stage. The traditional "open" surgery is a much bigger deal in terms of recovery time/pain/etc., so I was really relieved I didn't have to go that route. Keep us posted! Teri