ejpritz Posted March 2, 2004 Share Posted March 2, 2004 Hey everyone, wanted to give an update to some test results I got on my mother yesterday and see if someone can clarify if this is all good news or not. My mother had a pet scan last week to make sure the cancer has not spread. She has surgery scheduled for March 16, and if it had spread it was going to be cancelled. So the Pet Scan showed that the tumor in her left lung is completely gone. The chemo got rid of it. The tumor in her right lung shrunk significantly. They did say that two ribs have to be removed. I believe this is because the remaining tumor is a Pancoast tumor, so it has attached itself to the rib cage. Maybe someone can tell me if I am wrong about this. So all in all, one lobe will be removed as well as two ribs. Is it really good news that the other tuomr is gone? Does that mean it responded excellent to the chemo and radiation? Or is it just a matter of time before it returns? We are very excited and this all seems great, but I would like some feedback. Has anyone ever had a rib or two removed? I am wondering how painful that will be. But as I told my mother, she could have been given such horrible news yesterday I feel this is reason to celebrate. I am trying to make her see the positive side of this, and to not feel sorry for herself that her ribs will be removed. I told her there are thousands of people who would do anything to be in her shoes. Also, I believe they are considering placing radiation pellets at the lung where the tumor has disappeared. This will be done during the surgey, to kill any lingering cells. Does anyone know much about this? Thanks guys. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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