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Bruce u

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  1. I had a lobectomy in September and they removed the upper lobe of my left lung.I was only in hospital for 3 days. It my first operation and even the first time I was hospitalized. So I was very nervous but it was not near as bad as I had anticipated. The "spot" turned out to be cancerous and it was 2.1cm. I am starting adjuvant chemo. this week.

  2. Hi Drea

    I had surgery in September and had 40% of my left lung removed. I was released from hospital after 3 days. A week later I developed a fever which turned out to be a kidney infection and was treated with medication. I am a stage 1b and will start adjuvant chemo. next week.

  3. I would just like to thank everyone for their encouragement, advice and support. I have been receiving conflicting recommendations from the professionals over the past 3 weeks.I found this site and it was the feedback that I have received that convinced me to have the treatment. When you can make a difference in a stranger's life by sharing your experience's, it demonstrates how important this site is. Thank you again.

  4. I got a 2nd opinion this morning on having adjuvant chemo. for stage 1b. Actually this oncologist, a lung specialist, would not make a recomendation but wanted to discuss it with the other 5 specialist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. He informed me of the U.S. study that included stage 1 which reported a 12% benefit but then said the data was incorrect on almost half of the participants. He then discussed the study completed by the Ontario Cancer Centre last month. This study reported a 15% benefit but included stage 2 as well as stage 1. They did not recommend it for stage 1b. The basic guideline at the Cross is if it is greater than 4cm they recommend chemo but smaller and they do not. Mine was 2.1cm. The 5 other specialist: 2 said they would not recommend it, the other 3 said they would discuss it with their patient but then let the patient decide. If the patient decided to have chemo, they would include that the evidence did not support this decision. I decided to have the chemo. If a study next year finds here is a benefit, I will be ahead of the game. I begin next week for 4 treatments of Cisplatin and Vinorelbine ( Navelbine ).

  5. Hi Mike and Sharon

    I had my upper lobe on my left lung removed in September. The breathing is starting to get back to as it was before surgery. I had minimal invasive surgery which went well. I too am building our retirement home approximately 450m from where I live. I had alot of the same concerns as you have. I drove there on a weekend 7 weeks after my surgery just to see if I drive it without overnighting. Not only did I make it, but the next day I built a bedroom in the basement and drove back on the 3rd day. It was a relief to know that I will be able to finish our home without having to hire contractors. Hope this helps.

  6. Thanks Randy.

    I am being treated at the Cross Cancer Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Unfortunately for stage 1b, most people are still undecided. The last study I am aware was released on Oct. 26, 2007 from the Ontario Cancer Clinic. Basically stated that they do not recommend adjuvant chemo for stage 1b on a routine basis but maybe beneficial in specific cases. Difficult for a patient to make a decision when the professionals are undecided.

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