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Any feedback would be appreciated

by CureCancer on Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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My father has been diagnosed with squamous cell lung cancer. It has spread to two of his lymph nodes and to one adrenal gland. They have recommended radiation of the lung to minimize the size and help with symptoms. After radiation they want to start him on chemo. The doctors say that surgery is useless because it has spread and already is in the bloodstream. My question is if they did surgery to rid his body of the tumors and then did chemo to help kill off the rest of the cancer that is spreading would that not be helpful and make the surgery not useless. Even if the chemo does not kill off the cancer that is still spreading through the bloodstream and it attaches to another organ I feel that it would take a while to grow in size to where it would be causing him symptoms like with the lung. They say that surgery would take away 2 months of his 12 that are left, but I feel the surgery would add to his 12 months if succesful even if it is a small percentage of hope. I feel the doctors are just going with the averages that surgery in stage 4 is needless.

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by Rosalind on Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 7/21/2007 CureCancer wrote:

My father has been diagnosed with squamous cell lung cancer. It has spread to two of his lymph nodes and to one adrenal gland. They have recommended radiation of the lung to minimize the size and help with symptoms. After radiation they want to start him on chemo. The doctors say that surgery is useless because it has spread and already is in the bloodstream. My question is if they did surgery to rid his body of the tumors and then did chemo to help kill off the rest of the cancer that is spreading would that not be helpful and make the surgery not useless. Even if the chemo does not kill off the cancer that is still spreading through the bloodstream and it attaches to another organ I feel that it would take a while to grow in size to where it would be causing him symptoms like with the lung. They say that surgery would take away 2 months of his 12 that are left, but I feel the surgery would add to his 12 months if succesful even if it is a small percentage of hope. I feel the doctors are just going with the averages that surgery in stage 4 is needless.

My mother had surgery for a very small tumor last February.  It was stage 1a.  It seemed successful; all the tissue around it tested clear of any more cancer involvement.  The oncologist told us that no other follow-up treatment would be neccessary.  He felt that if she ever got lung cancer again, it would be a new cancer.

Now she has stage 4 cancer.  The cancer did come back; it's in exactly the same place.  The remaining part of her lung expanded to fill the space where she had the lobectomy.  The cancer is there, but there are multiple spots now.

Surgery is the only way to be rid of lung cancer, but it's rough on the body and I think in my mother's case, it may have contributed to the advanced cancer she has now.  I've been told that once the cancer has spread, surgery is not an option.  I can't help wondering if my mother had never had the surgery, would she be in a better situation now.  She felt fine, before she had the surgery.  But you can't go back and you can never know what would have been.  Right now, even radiation is not an option for her.  She is taking part in a study for first line treatment, using Tarceva.

Read the message board.  There are quite a few stories that give one hope.

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