Kasey Posted November 17, 2004 Share Posted November 17, 2004 I am diagnosed with 111a T3 N2 squanous cell pancoast tumor. I am told it is very involved with subclavian vessels and was not a candidate for surgery. However, the radiologist seems to think with radiation and chemo once a week of Taxol and Paraplatin that I could become a good candidate. The mediacal oncologist does not seem to agree - he feels never a candidate. After 20 rad treatments I am to be scanned. Have had 10 so far and 2 chemo treatments. I suppose depending on what that shows will determine what will happen next. I am so very confused. Thought I was to have 33 radiation treatments. Now am told over 20 would make me never a candidate for surgery. Was not told that before. Seems like everyone treatiing me is not on the same team. Just need an unbiased expert opinion - from all I hae read (which is the only way I even found out about these types of tumors - no one told me on thing) sounds like a very bad scenario for me. I am 58, female and according to everyone I am in perfect health and condition - except, of course, I have lung cancer. Original tumor is 1.7 cm at the apex of the lung BUT mass of about 5 cm involving nodes in the middle of the chest. Any advice? Words of wisdom? I guess hope would be going too far. My family doctor has pretty much given me none! Thanks for any insight. Kasey Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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