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Just diagnosed and anxious about surgery


Marilyn Raven

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So glad you found a doctor you trust. My first surgical consult I just didn't like the vibe and he also said he would only do open surgery without an explanation as to why. Having the info and the why they'll do things a certain way is so important to having confidence in your team! So great to have a plan!

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1 hour ago, ChiMama said:

So glad you found a doctor you trust. My first surgical consult I just didn't like the vibe and he also said he would only do open surgery without an explanation as to why. Having the info and the why they'll do things a certain way is so important to having confidence in your team! So great to have a plan!

Thanks ChiMama,

Yes feeling better knowing what will happen, funny everything went wrong with the first docs appointment, we parked in the wrong carpark, so my daughter had to rush to drop me off while she parked the car so she missed most of the appointment, one of  the receptionists was quite unpleasant and judgmental especially when I was making the appointment, so I had a negative feeling even before seeing him, then he told me what he proposed but said well it may not be cancer but there's only one way to know, I sitting there thinking Wow! a huge surgery just in case ummm no thanks so I waited, I am glad I did because he refused to explain to my oncologist why he wouldn't do VATS and told him just to keep watching it my Onc was not impressed so now here I am.

Wish you well and thanks for your support.

Blessings 

Maz :-)❤️

 

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Yikes! Several signs along the way! The first surgeon I saw said he doesn't do VATS for cancer. I already knew from being on several cancer forums that it's done all the time for cancer! If he had said, "you're not a good candidate because of where it is" or another science reason, I wouldn't have been suspicious... but "I don't do VATS for cancer" rang wrong to me.  Also he was a thoracic surgeon, heart and lungs, but the only pictures and plastic models he had in the whole office were of hearts, no lung pictures or charts anywhere, so I figured he was more of a "heart guy" and not as experienced at lungs in general, specifically VATS.  So I found another surgeon via my oncologist who ONLY does lungs, top doc in the field, and ended up having RATS.

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Marilyn,

I remember asking my surgeon about the removal of my nodule (12mmx16mm) and why it needed to be a whole lobe for such a small nodule.  His answer to me was that the full lobectomy is presently the "gold standard" of treatment for effective removal of a nodule.  It has to do with their confidence in "healthy margins" since there is a lower chance of cancerous cells to be left behind.  So, it really does need to be the decision of the surgeon which way to go and (at least on my part) I always go for the best "margins" possible.  Good luck to you.  

Lou

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