jamie Posted May 3, 2004 Share Posted May 3, 2004 Hi everyone. I have just one question this time... My Dad will be going in for surgery by the end of the month, I guess the doctors will be removing half of the right lung. We are so excited (or as excited as you can be about surgery-but excited none the less)... They seem to be pretty sure that there is no cancer left in any lymphnodes, , and nothing at all was glowing on the PET scan anywhere else... great news right??? Not so fast.... My Dad was reffered to a different hospital for the surgery, and when he was making that appointment, the doctor had said that the surgery only improves his chance of survival by 5%, and the following 3 rounds of chemo given after surgery gives him about another 5%. Now my Dad is wondering if this is "that great of news"... Dont get me wrong, we know how very lucky we are right now, not only because the tumor can be removed, and also because of the shrinkage, and the cancer responding in his lymphnodes, and getting the heck out of there.... but why wouldnt his chances for survival be only greatened by 10%???? If theres no cancer in his lymphnodes anymore, and the tumor and surrounding tissue is gone.... whats the problem?? I know there is always a good chance of reoccurance down the road, and the chance of not getting it all this time around but even still... are there more factors that Im not seeing? Ok just one more question... The doctor said my Dad had been given "the watered down" version of chemo, and after the surgery he will be getting the full blast, the real thing ... Now I know these arent "medical terms", we rather it this way, but has anyone had both "the watered down version, and then the "full blast" after? It would seem to me it should have been the other way around... Aggressive first, and slightly less aggressive after just to make sure they got it all... then again I am no doctor. The chemo didnt bother my Dad at all, and Im wondering if this will since its "stronger"... Any advice welcome, invited.... Thanks for listening Jamie P.S. The new picture is of my Kids... they make my Dad both smile and cringe everytime they knock on the door to ransack his house. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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