Guest DianeP Posted September 5, 2003 Share Posted September 5, 2003 I went with my father today to his oncologist appt, we expected to hear our chemo & radiation options - he was supposed to have his port placed tomorrow. Instead the onc came in with a huge smile and said that he feels that the cancer is IIA instead and he wanted us to meet with the thoracic surgeon right away to schedule a pneumonectomy. Talk about relief, joy, excitement and hope just flooded us. I was thinking this is a second chance!!! Well, the joy was taken right away as soon as we spoke with the surgeon.... Little history first, it has been proven that my dad has a tumor in the hilum area...meaning that his whole right lung would have to be removed due to the tumor location. The pet scan showed some activity in the SAME lung, but not postive its a tumor because of pneumonia. Ok...so the surgeon comes in and says he will only operate if a needle biopsy is done in the questionable area and it comes up negative. Then if we proceed from there, he will perform a mediastinoscopy and take a biopsy of the nodes there and if they are positive for cancer, that will place him in IIIA-B and he refuses to go any further. He'll close him up and send us back to chemo & radiation without even removing the nodes. My feelings are that as long as it's in the same lobe and the cancer is in there anyways - why not remove it??? When I asked him this, he said he cannot in "good conscious" remove his lung since the cancer has spread. He said that the cancer had to get their through the blood stream in order for it to grow to another area...he's right, but that's why they do chemo afterwards - right?? Then he threw out there that 1 out of 11 people that go through pneumonectomy do not survive the procedure. Heck...if this is your best chance of survival, I just don't understand this rational. He said that no surgeon in their right mind will perform sugery on IIIA-B. I know that this is a lot to write, I want to know if I'm crazy to think that, god forbid the other tumor is there and the nodes are infected that the surgery should still be performed. The surgeon was so negative, and throwing out all these stupid statistic death rates....that is not my dad!!! he is not a statistic. Has anyone experienced this? Am I the crazy one, or is this surgeon correct? Am I right to want to be so aggressive with treatment...he is 60 with no other health issues. Any feedback is appreciated, I'm very upset and don't think I'll be sleeping much tonight. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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