masspa Posted April 7, 2007 Share Posted April 7, 2007 I went with Mom for her 2 week follow up after her last chemo treatment. Her onc had presented her case to a surgeon, who thinks that surgery would be a good option for Mom. Her PET showed that there is still a lesion, but that it isn't taking up any dye. However, as our onc explained it, the PET isn't completely sensitive or specific, so there could be some cancer cells remaining in the primary tumor that could rear their ugly heads down the road. THe surgery would be a wedge resection, so less radical than some other options. I guess I wonder about the logic - I know there could be cells "hiding" in the primary tumor, but couldn't there also be cells "hiding" in her nodes, too? In which case she's undergone surgery only to have the cancer come back from somewhere else. I guess I'm thinking (and Mom agrees) that lung surgery is a pretty big deal for an 83 year old. She did so well throughout chemo and radiation, it would be a shame to go throug surgery and have some complication. I don't know - any insight?? How traumatic is a wedge resection?? Our oncologist said she didn't have any hard evidence that the surgery would benefit mom's survival, none to argue against it, either. We have an appointment in 2 weeks with the surgeon which will be helpful, but in the meantime I thought I'd get some of your opinions thanks for listening Jen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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