Guest rhebeka Posted June 20, 2005 Share Posted June 20, 2005 Hello: My name is Becky and in April of last year I had a 9cm malignant tumer removed, along with my entire left lung, out of 15 nodes 5 were involved. My surgeon said the only node that concerned him was the proximity of one to my pulmonary artery. It was this node that "kicked" me from a IIb to a IIIa. He did say he had removed all of the cancer, didn't have to cut through any cancer and according to the pathologist, it all had clear margins. My cardio-thoracic surgeon is very good and very humble. He told me prior to surgery that I had an overwheming infection (I was sooooooo sick) and it had to be brought under control to even consider surgery. I had gone to the emergency room because of feeling so sick and they admitted me. My surgeon, who rarely goes to that hospital, just "happened" to be there while I was, and just happened to turn into the wrong room, mine! An Internal medicine Dr. was trying to convince me I had dabetes...yeah....right! The surgeon took over my care. Massive doses of antibiotics, albumin, and a multitude of other meds all IV were prescribed by him. I was transferred to the hospital where his operating team was and he spent two weeks getting me strong enough to survive the surgery. The day before surgery I had 2 pints of blood transfused into me. He also did a bone scan because my feet and ankles were so swollen and painful...it turned out to be hypertrophic osteo arthropathy which was being caused by the tumor. My GP (who is 74 years old) had been treating me for 6 months for arthritis!!! He finally sent me to a Rheumatologist (who looked all of 15!) The first thing she did was order a chest x-ray. During the "first" surgery he found fluid in my lung and put a chest tube in. He woke me slowly and told me "we are not quitting, we are only pausing" The fluid had to be sent to a lab equiped for this type test and which is not available here. He told me that if the fluid came back with any malignant cells in it he would not continue with the pneumonectomy, but he said he had his own thoughts on the matter. I was so medicated that I think I was the happiest cancer patient in the hospital...strictly from the meds. After a week the pathology report came back and showed no malignancy in the fluid. Surgery was scheduled for the following day. I believe I have already mentioned the success of the surgery. The amazing part is the only insurance I had was medicaid. My surgeon doesn't accept medicaid and knowing he would not be paid he operated on me anyway. When I try to thank him he just points upward and says "I'm only His technician". I just had my bi-yearly check up with my pulmanologist and my chest x-rays were still clear. Next week I go see my surgeon for my bi-yearly check-up with him. I asked my surgeon, at my six month check-up why I didn't have chemo prior to the surgery to shrink the tumor. He told me I would not have survived chemo in the condition I was in. I have never had a seizure until after the surgery in April. I then had one the begining of May and another January 5, 2005. That time the ambulance took me to the hospital and they did a cat scan of my head. I was not aware of anything for approximately 8 hours. The nurse came into my room as soon as I woke up and told me where I was and why. She also told me they did the cat scan of my head and I should be very happy "there was nothing there" roflol. She didn't see the humor in it. Anyway I asked to call me a cab and went home. I know my surgeon is going to want me to see a neurologist....I also have an appointment with a cardiologist the first week in May. Sometimes I would like to just forget all about this and pretend it never happened.......denial sounds like a lot more fun right now! Anyhow, at my 6 month check-up my surgeon told me something and then said I had already beaten the odds. I feel so depressed at the time of my check-ups and then feel so good when everything turns out to be ok. My right lung has expanded to take over part of the breathing function of the missing one, and my heart has shifted to the left.....all normal. The radiology report, taken on April 1, 2005, stated that my right lung was unremarkable (in radiology talk, that's a good thing) I've been reading the stories on the board for a few months and decided to share mine. Maybe I got a little carried away and wrote a novella....and there's more medical mismanagement involving a teaching hospital in Jackson, MS.......but I'll save that for another time. P.S. The oncologist I saw after the surgery said chemo at that point wouldn't make any difference one way of the other. I guess if the cancer were to recure it would be an option...at least I hope Warm thought to everone.........Becky Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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