bohojack Posted January 7, 2009 Share Posted January 7, 2009 Mom's just finished her second round of chemo, and we've received some unsettling news from her radiation dr, that she was told by the thorasic surgeon he's not planning to do the surgery to remove her right lung. Initially he'd said 'before Christmas,' then it was 'after chemo and radiation,' and now he's not planning to do it??? I can't help but feel angry, betrayed, terrified ... I want to go punch this doctor in the nose. Mom had a recent CT scan, right before Christmas and the results that came back were pretty vague. The radiation doctor said that because it was so early and inflammation or scar tissue could account for some of the mass, that they couldn't really tell what progress was made just yet. So why is the thorasic surgeon, after seeing this one CT scan a month into treatment, now canceling the surgery? We were under the impression that was the only curative option... now what the hell are we supposed to do? Mom is trying to get an appointment with him to see what his criteria are for surgery and why she doesn't meet them - to try and gain some understanding of this situation. I'm still a little shocked. Not only did he suggest that curing this was around the corner initially, but when he changed his mind about the surgery he didn't even have the decency to set up an appointment with mom to talk about it and go over her options, nothing. We've called another doctor of ours and will be seeking out some other opinions aside from this doctor's, to see where we REALLY stand on this surgery issue. It's so frustrating and so disheartening. After only a month of treatment, with the possibility of just inflammation making progress hard to guage, how can they just drop the surgery option completely like that? Another thing, my mom has been told now that she's done her two rounds of chemo she can never have chemo again - that it's a once in a lifetime thing. Is this true? It doesn't seem right - I read the stories on here and it seems like people often have more than just a few rounds. Any words of advice would be really wonderful. This has been very unhappy news and all I keep doing is thinking 'why the hell' and getting angry at her doctor.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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