Guest mgee Posted June 17, 2004 Share Posted June 17, 2004 Hi everyone. My mom went in for surgery last Friday and the surgery to remove the tumor went well. The first few days was hard on her, but she's starting to feel better and is able to eat again. Her surgeon said that if she can get up to move around today, they will discharge her! Yeah...it's going to be so nice to have my mom home again. The surgeon initially told me that they believe that they got all the cancer and from the "frozen tissue" test they did during the surgery, it doesn't appear to have spread anywhere else. However, the more accurate pathology report came back and there's one lymph node involvement. He said that I will now need to talk to her pulmonary doc. and oncologist to see the next step. He assumes she will have to start chemo. She did a full body PET scan prior to surgery...should the PET scan have caught the lymph node involvement and if so, couldn't the surgeon just remove that lymph node during the surgery rather than make my mom go thru chemo? I'm really afraid of having her go thru chemo because of the side affects. Could anyone tell me what I can do to make her chemo tollerable? My mom is finally diagnosed with a stage...she has NSLC, stage II. Is this still considered early stage or is that only reserved for stage I? Since she's only in stage II and it appears that only 1 lymp node is involved thus far, she has a really good of beating this thing right? Is there anyone out there in a similar situation as my mom or know someone that is and could you tell me what I should expect? I'm also scared that if they didn't catch the lymph node involvement, what else didn't they catch? Going into the surgery, the surgeon was so confident that this was the "cure" and then finding out about the lymph node has really been hard for me to deal with. My mom is strong thru all this though. My mom is being very optomistic and I'm trying to be, but it's so hard sometimes. Sorry for rambling. I just had to put all my thoughts/fears down. It helps me to try to make sense of all of this. Thanks again for all your support. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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