Spread to Adrenal Glands

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Spread to Adrenal Glands

by Gord06 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:00 AM

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2 years ago had half of left lung removed due to nsc cancer. six months later spread to left adrenal gland. had it removed . again six months later spread to right adrenal gland. had it removed. i now never feel good ,extremly tired all the time. was wondering if any one else has simililar problems .

Just Starting on Same Trip i Think, Gord

by Luvjoy on Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 AM

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I had broncheoalveolar ca left upper lobe removed in end of July. As usual from what I hear, surgeon said, we got it all, good chane of complete recovery! In September, 1.5 cm growoth on tail of pancreas which they are watching since then (I have a cat scan every two months), On Jan. 5th, all stable, lungs good, pancreas same BUT, 1cm growth on left adrenal and 8mm on lower pole of kidney. I would like it if you could tell me how they knew the adrenal growth was cancer Gord. When my oncologist got the report, he said he wanted it biopsied immediately, like next week. When I got no call to schedule the surgery, I called and he said the radiologists said they did not want to do it now, it is too small. (I'm not sure if they said wont or cant, as I dont remember). So here I sit playing a waiting and wondering if I should be or if there is something I should do. My oncologist also said he couldnt give me chemo now because it iwould be unethical. Can you please give me some data on this thingy that is now growing. I am extremely tired.... and so far, no lab has been done either. Does this makes any sense at all to you. Did you go through the same, Lets wait and see thing. Joyce in NY

Loss of Adrenal Glands Due to Nscc

by Gord06 on Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 AM

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that is a good question as to how they knew it was the lung cancer spread to adrenal glands. no further tests were done. just told there was a tumor and they should be removed . i will try to get the patholigists report to confirm it was the same cancer from the lung. the laporscopic surgery is very easy to go through . went home next day. have to take steroids for rest of life now. i had a ct scan done last week and was all clear . now have one year off till next scan. i have heard that sometimes spots on adrenal glands are not serios and show up on ct scans.

Nscc For me Too, Left Lung Also

by Luvjoy on Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 AM

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Thanks for getting back so soon. I too had the upper left lobe removed. I was supposed to go for a biopsy but the radiologists said no. I mean a needle biopsy. I am not sure why but I think maybe because it was too small. 1 cm. how large was yours when they found it Gord. And why the steroids, to take the place of the adrenal hormones? So through all this you too never had chemo or radiation, right? My lung cancer was stage I. Can I ask what yours was Thanks again, Joyce in Upstate NY

Re. Adrenal Glands

by Gord06 on Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 AM

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yes i have to take streroids to replace the work of the adrenal glands. i had one dose of chemo as they were going to try that on adrenal gland first but then decided on surgery to remove them. when i was first told about my lung cancer the ct scan showed the spot on left adrenal gland, but the lung surgeon never told me about it. i found out on my next ct scan that it had grown. the surgeon did apoligize for not telling me. i am 59 years old and smoked for thirty years so am pretty lucky

Re: Adrenal Mets

by Luvjoy on Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 AM

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I am so happy that you are cancer free at this time and I really will be including you in my prayers from now on. We are going to beat this monster, Gord! We are stronger than it is and so far, with God's help, we have done pretty good. I am of course in such a state of anxiety right now, not knowing whether it is or it isnt cancer. But I know it is highly likely that it is cancer and I cant understand why they didnt do a biopsy but tell me to wait until another cat scan in three months. Is it because it is too small, do you think? How large was your adrenal tumor when they found it or took it out. If I knew yours was about the same size as mine, at least I could go back to the doctor and ask him why we are not doing anything right now, like chemo or something. I am 63 and have smoked longer than you. Altho, I never ever imagined I would wind up with lung cancer because no one in my family has ever had any kind of cancer! I figured I'd get emphysema for sure but not this. Take Care Joyce
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