Recurrent Squamous Cell?

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Recurrent Squamous Cell?

by Juicy on Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi, my father had a 1.5 cm squamous cell Stage 1 cancer removed with a lobectomy in April of the upper right part of the lung.  He went for his first check up in August.  The xray appeared clear and the doctor was very happy with his quick recovery.  He has now gone for another xray in November and the doctor and spotted a "fullness in the hylem of the middle lung".  My father also has moderate COPD and has a cough with shortness of breath, which could be the result of having the surgery.  He was a smoker for 50 years and is 76 years old.  The doctor is ordering a CATS scan.  What could this now be?  Could it be the cancer reaccurring somewhere else or could it be pnemonia or just nothing?

RE: Recurrent Squamous Cell?

by blondman on Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 11/24/2007 Juicy wrote:

Hi, my father had a 1.5 cm squamous cell Stage 1 cancer removed with a lobectomy in April of the upper right part of the lung.  He went for his first check up in August.  The xray appeared clear and the doctor was very happy with his quick recovery.  He has now gone for another xray in November and the doctor and spotted a "fullness in the hylem of the middle lung".  My father also has moderate COPD and has a cough with shortness of breath, which could be the result of having the surgery.  He was a smoker for 50 years and is 76 years old.  The doctor is ordering a CATS scan.  What could this now be?  Could it be the cancer reaccurring somewhere else or could it be pnemonia or just nothing?

Your Pulmonary Oncologist should be able to answer these questions for you; don't be afraid to ask. After a lobectomy, the remaining lung will usually become larger to compenstae for the missing lobe. This takes a while to happen, especially in older patients with compromised lungs. Coughing and shortness of breath may be normal after a lobectomy up to a point. Pneumonia would show up on a regular chest x-ray. Let's hope it's "just nothing" but ask your father's treating physician these questions and perhaps they can relieve some of your anxiety.

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