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Prayers, healing thoughts, positive energy, whatever it is you do to help someone who needs it for my sister Dottie. I am surgery illiterate but I think she's having a wedge or section? Whatever, they will be taking a piece of a little something they've been watching in her lung for several years. They believe it has been growing since August. Her daughter is MJ, my neice who has chronic breast cancer. Our family doen't need one more!

Judy in KW

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Judy,I am so sorry to hear about Dottie,she has all my thoughts and prayers for a successful outcome to her surgery.You are so right,one cancer in a family is one too many,youve had more than your share.

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Well the news was not the best but not the worst either. It was cancer but it does not appear to have gone anywhere else. They removed the node (and I assume the lobe since Dottie said they told her they would if it was cancer) and we won't know anything else until the report comes back IN TWO WEEKS. We talk a lot here on site about waiting. She's at a big city hospital in Philadelphia. You'd think they could get a biopsy analysis sooner than that.

My feelings are they have been watching this and it took a long time to show any growth. If I'm correct in thinking so, a node is smaller than a tumor? In any event I'm counting on stage 1 or 2 and she will be as successful in survivorship as so many of my friends here with similar situations.

I thank you and Dottie thanked you for your prayers. She was thrilled when I told her I'd asked for them here. I'm not reporting anything on FB so please don't comment there. She has several childreen on FB and it's their place to decide how much to share.

Judy in KW

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Judy,

Hopefully since they were watching her fairly closely it will be stage 1. I live in Richmond and they got the results of the tests back on my 4th day in the hospital after they took out lobe and lymph nodes. Two weeks rots - - hopefully she knows she can count on us to do the worrying for her - can't wait to hear the stage results since they caught it so early - hoping for no further action required.

Annette

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Hi Judy,

I'm guessing that they were removing a nodule. That's what they call an unidentified mass in the lung. I had a solid pulmonary nodule until they did the surgery and found out it was a cancer tumor.

Yes, two weeks does sound like a long time for pathology. I don't get it. When I had surgery, they said that it would be 5 days until my tumor was assessed by pathology and I thought that was a terribly long time. I don't know what the hold up is for this, but I guess once it is out of someone's body, maybe it is just part of a process. Of course, they don't know how agonizing waiting is for the patient.

I am hoping for the best for her.

Cindy

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Thank again for all your prayers and positive wishes for my sister. I'm holding my breath now since I heard she has to wait for her visit to the onc on the 17th to find out about possible lymph node involvement. Don't know what that's all about.

Judy in KW

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Right with you Judy! Prayers sent for a good report and no involement with the lymph nodes.

I also do not understand why it is taking so long for the report. Joel was told a week, but his surgeon called him about 5 days later to tell him it did not spread to his lympt nodes.

Maybe, they will find out sooner and let her know. That waiting as you know is so incredibly stressful...

Everything crossed here for good news.

Maryanne :cry:

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  • 3 weeks later...

It feels like forever since Dottie's surgery. She had her surgery in Phila but her chemo will be local. It took a followup with the surgeon and a meeting with the onc doing the chemo to get the whole picture. She is Stage II Adenocardinoma. She will do a round consisting of Cisplatin, a week later Gemzar and a week after that Gemzar again. She will have a three week break and then repeat the cycle.

Anyone done these treatments? Any info would be appreciated. I might get her to join the site when she gets back to work and she is eager to do so. Her computer at home is too old and slow so she doesn't want the hassle.

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the reality of this: first Dottie's daughter MJ with advanced breast cancer, then me, now Dottie. Oh and my father died of lung cancer in 1972. You can certainly see the genetic component here.

Thanks for all the prayers.

Judy in KW

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