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  1. I had an upper left lobe (70%) removed by vats in 2007. Four days after I was discharged from hospital and took a 11/2 hour flight home. I even made it more difficult by putting my pain meds in the checked in baggage! The 2 separate lobes may be why they are not saying vats.
  2. Hi I had my upper left lobe removed by VATS in 2007 and still all clear. They did check some lymph nodes as well. I was released and took a 1 1/2 hour flight home 2 days later. A previous poster mentioned stray cells which was a big concern for me. At that time they did not recommend Adjuvant Chemo for Stage 1 but after alot of discussion they agreed and I had 4 rounds. Maybe something you could also discuss with your surgeon/oncologist.
  3. Hi BarbLu Like you my cancer was found by accident and I had my upper left lobe removed. Because my "spot" was close to a blood vessel it was Staged 1b. It takes time to recover but you will get there. My surgery was in September 2007 and have been all clear since.
  4. I was diagnosed with COPD maybe 6 months after my Lobectomy so over 11 years ago. I think you will certainly find it better by taking the inhalers on a regular basis. I get lots of exercise with owning a hobby farm so I don't go to a gym. Just had a stress test for my heart and the Doctor told me to keep doing what I am doing because everything looks good. For sure would be great to exchange email/phone numbers with you. Been friends on here for a long time. It tried messaging you the information but I got a reply saying that you cannot receive messages. Maybe Kate or one of the other moderators can assist.
  5. I was diagnosed with COPD maybe 6 months after my Lobectomy so over 11 years ago. I think you will certainly find it better by taking the inhalers on a regular basis. I get lots of exercise with owning a hobby farm so I don't go to a gym. Just had a stress test for my heart and the Doctor told me to keep doing what I am doing because everything looks good. For sure would be great to exchange email/phone numbers with you. Been friends on here for a long time
  6. HI Bruce,I would very much appreciate it if we could exchange posts either by mobile phone or email.My email address is [email protected]

    I know we are not regular contributers now in LCSC,but I do visit regularly to to check current posts.I would love to provide more support to those who post here,but  I feel  its over ten years ago since i have had any contact with LC current treatments,I really dont have much to contribute now.

    I have much admiration for a special contributor here,Tom Gally whose advice to postees here is just excellent and so up to date with developements in LC treatments,take a bow Tom

    Eric Byrne.

     

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      eric byrne

      Sorry Tom, Galli,ooops

      Eric. 

  7. Hey Eric I am not sure if you posted this elsewhere but I will reply here and a Moderator can move it. I was very active and played alot of sports until I had a Lobectomy and my Upper left lobe removed. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with COPD. I certainly cannot play sports anymore but do remain quite active. I am my own worst enemy by not taking the inhalers on a regular basis but do the take as required approach. I find that if it is a prolonged physical activity I get out of breath very quickly. If I was a racehorse they would say that I am good out of the gate but not much for stamina. So hang in there old friend but take your inhalers regularly and they tell me it makes a big difference.
  8. Hi Vanitha I was fortunate that my lung cancer was found early by accident as well. I had an upper left lobectomy and was staged 1B. I followed that with 4 rounds of a Vinerolbine/Cisplatin combination. Be careful of the Cisplatin that has a side effect of ringing in the ears. No one told me about it and after 3 rounds I mentioned it to the Oncologist who told me of the side effect and they switched it to Carboplatin. By that time it was too late and the hearing damage is permanent. The good news is that was 11 1/2 years ago so hang in there even though and you can get through the chemo.
  9. September 2001 - Stage 1B
  10. Hi Louise You have received alot of good advice and I am sure you will receive alot more. i just wanted to comment on chemo afterward. I was diagnosed in 2007 with stage 1B and I had my upper left lobe removed by VATS surgery. I became a member of this site shortly after and met alot of great people with good advice. At that time they did not recommend chemo for stage 1. Because of advice i received here I pushed for adjuvant chemo and even had to get a second opinion. I was not looking forward to chemo but I felt I wanted to throw everything at it in hopes of preventing a recurrence. I was concerned of stray cells that got away before the surgery. I also thought if it got too bad to have all 4 rounds then whatever I had was a benefit. I did complete all 4 rounds and found it was not as bad as I expected. I just got my annual results this week and I am still all clear 11 years out. i would certainly discuss adjuvant chemo with your Oncologist.
  11. Great to hear you are off enjoying life Eric. Congratulations on the Grandfather. Enjoy yourself.
  12. I had my surgery in September 2010 so getting close to the 10 year mark. I have chest x-rays once a year now. I think my nodule was 1.5cm but near a blood vessel so they staged it at 1b instead of 1a
  13. Surgery will be over before you know it and within a couple days will be up going around. All the best for on your results
  14. Lexiecat I had a lobectomy by VATS on my upper left lobe. I had surgery on a Friday, most everything was unhooked on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. Monday morning I was released from hospital and took a 1 1/2 hour flight home Monday evening. It sounds like you have been doing your preparation and research. Rest when you need to and eat as much or as little as you like. It was not near as bad as I had expected but don't push it even if you do feel ok.
  15. Hi buzzy Great advice from everyone. I had my upper left lobe removed in 2007 and have been all clear since. On a ct scan in march, ground glass opacity showed up in my right lung. The radiologist thought it may have been an infection and suggested a follow up ct in 4 months. On the July ct scan every thing was all clear. They think it was just an infection from the flu I had in February.
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