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My mom, 67 yrs old, was recently diagnosed with 2B/3A lung cancer.  She has a 35mm tumor on her left lung with some metastases to the nearby lymph nodes. The biopsy came back and she has adenocarcinoma with some squamous cells.  The doctor is giving us two options.  Option #1: Give her two rounds of chemo (Carboplatin and Taxol) hoping that the tumor shrinks and then having a lobectomy. Option #2:  Going directly for the pulmonectomy.  We don't really know what decision to make.  Has anyone here had a similar diagnosis? What are the odds of the tumor actually shrinking and being removed?  Any input is appreciated.  



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Hi Maria and welcome. I'm sorry your mom has been diagnose with lung cancer. I didn't have a similar situation. My tumo we very small. I had a lobectomy and didn't need furthr treatment. Hearing from people who have had pulmonectomy, it seems like a lobectomy is a lot easier to recover from.  With positive lymph nodes, your mom is likely to need chemo in any event, eithe before or after surgery.  (She might want to confirm with her doctor that this is so for her) . If she's going to need chemo anyway, it might be worth it to get the two rounds first, to see if the tumor shrinks enough to allow for the less intrusive surgery. 

I hope you'll get some responses from people who have been in similar situations.

Bridget O





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Hello Maria I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s diagnosis but you came to a good place for answers. 

I was diagnosed with nsclc  Stage 3b adenocarcinoma later added Squamish cell. Tumor in Upper left lung and spread to my lymph nodes. I was told upfront by the surgeon that surgery wasn’t an option because of the location of the effected lymph nodes. I did Chemo and radiation which shrank the tumor and killed the cancer in the lymph nodes. They were able to do the surgery and now I’m NED. 

Wishing your mom the best 


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