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Hello,  3 weeks ago, I had a right upper lobe removed due to a cancer nodule found in a CT and PET scan.  Dr says he got it all.  Not in lymph nodes or spread anywhere else.  He says no other treatment is needed.  Should I get a second opinion?  I haven't been told yet what kind of cancer it was. Follow up appointment is scheduled. What I do know is.........nodule did not grow in a 4 month time frame.  My right lung has a small nodule in it that is not cancerous.  Not sure what is next.......


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Sounds like early detection.  Is follow-up chemotherapy scheduled?  In most surgical cases it is unless doctors are very sure of complete resection.  That indeed may be the case.  If so, what is next are scheduled scans and oncology consultations to ensure no metastasis and to keep an eye on the nodule you report as non cancerous.


Are you being seen by a medical oncologist?  I ask because some lung cancer patients go from pulmonary specialists to thoracic surgeon without consulting a medical oncologist.  Now that the surgery is complete, I'd consult with a medical oncologist if not already engaged.


Stay the course.



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Hi Ruby,

Welcome to LUNGevity's Lung Cancer Support Community message boards. If you feel that your doctor doesn't have a sense of urgency you may want to seek out another opinion. Here is a link to a survivors' story on her thoughts of second opinions. http://www.lungevity.org/support-survivorship/get-connected/blog/lung-cancer-advocate-jane-elterman

Please keep posting. I look forward to getting to know you. 

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