Guest mgee Posted June 3, 2004 Share Posted June 3, 2004 I first joined the forum when my mom was disagnosed in May. First of I just wanted to say thank you to those that responded to my post. Your support has made this whole thing more bearable. Just to recap, my mom is 66 and doesn't have any symptoms from the cancer except for that one time in April that she coughed up a tiny bit of blood. Since then, she's taking herbal supplements to boost her immunity and she says that she feels great. She's still working on her garden every morning. At the time of the diagnosis, I was in my 9th month of pregnancy. Since then, I've given birth to my son and mom has gone thru loads of test to the extent/spread of the cancer. The first test was the abdominal CT scan which has come up clean. Then, they did a full body PET scan which showed a tiny dot (too small for them to see what it might and also too small for any type of testing) in her right lung. Her surgeon believes that surgery to remove part or all of her left lung, depending on the exact location of the tumor which he won't be able to determine until he goes in there. I'm very grateful that the cancer doesn't appear to have spread, but one of the doctor said that given the size of the tumor (6 X 3 X 4 inches) that it probably has already spread but just isn't showing up. Of course, he was also the one that told my mom, after the biopsy and no other tests, that my mom probably has 12 months left. I'm trying to push his negative comments re the cancer having spread out of my mind, but there are times when that's all I can think about. I'm very grateful that thus far it appears that we have caught it in time. I have a couple of questions/fears that I'm hoping I could get some insights on: 1. Is is common for a cancer to have spread and not be picked up by a PET scan. I thought PET scans are very sensitive and if it picks up nothing, you're in pretty good shape. 2. Could anyone tell me about what to expect from the surgery if the surgeon removes her entire left lobe? What should she expect re length in the hospital, side affects, recover time, life after surgery, etc. I really know nothing about this surgery except that it's can be very tough on the patient, whatever that means. 3. We were never given the stage. We were only told that it's lung cancer, type Adenocarcinoma. Is it type I since it doesn't appear to have spread or could it be higher b/c the tumor is pretty big size. Any insight to any of my above questions/concerns or just general information/support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again, Margaret Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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