Radiation Yes or No?

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Radiation Yes or No?

by lbabic22 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 04:49 PM

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I encourage input from anyone who has received Radiation to the chest AFTER the following treatement for Adenocarcinoma Stage 3a (1 Mediastinal node positive on PET)

Chemo first- x4 every three weeks

Surgery- Rt upper lobectomy; Margins good but tumor did not shrink very much.  Guess thats ok...its gone now. Pathology showed NO cancer in the lymph nodes including the one that had biopsied positive before chemo.

Question is should I have Radiation to that chest area to make sure that all microscopic cancer cells are killed?  Risks are:  temporary issues with esophagus, 10% additional loss of lung due to damage by radiation, possible hardening of the arteries issues (in perhaps 15 years).  Any thoughts?  Anyone that has experienced radiation to the chest?

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by Vipvinny on Thu Apr 04, 2013 09:07 PM

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I have same cancer stage 3b rt middle lobe. Not operable plus 4 nodes. I recd 53 rad treatments nov and dec 2011. Also did 12 chemo from nov 2011 to may 2012. Yes I had symptoms. I did well till mid dec. had trouble swallowing and pain in the neck and chest cavity. Pain meds worked well for me . I was able to eat and did not lose any wt. I'm still here. So I think it was worth it

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by lbabic22 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 02:38 PM

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Thank you for the positive input! I am so glad to hear that your treatment was successful and that you are moving forward with minimal lasting side effects. You are right; if you are here it was worth it!  I am glad that my doctor is offering radiation as an option for me even though other doctors that have been consulted on this are all saying "Don't do it" because I am not currently showing any signs of cancer after the chemo and then surgery.  It is any microscopic that my doctor is concerned about...    So thank you for helping me in weighing the risks while making this decision!  Sending Strength and Positive thoughts back to you!

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by donna4320 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 05:12 PM

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I was diagnosed with Stage II brocchio avelolar adenocarinoma, nonsmoker, in 1997. I had my upper right lobe and 1/3 of my lower lobe removed. I received 51/2 weeks of radiation, daily Mon. -Fri. and the only side effects you will encounter is a sunburn and towards the end of the treatment a sore throat where it hurts to eat. I was given a numbing drink to help with that. I do believe radiation is necessary, and chemotherapy is not effective for lung cancers.

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by lbabic22 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 02:13 PM

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Thank you Donna for the reply!  I decided to have the radiation and am glad I did.  The side effects were minimal like you said! 

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by lbabic22 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 02:24 PM

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Thank you for your input!  Good advice and I took it!  Side effects were minimal.  Hope all is well with you!

 

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by floater on Wed Aug 28, 2013 04:36 PM

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I have a very similar situation to yours with a single node in the mediastinum diagnosed now as a reoccuring adenocarcinoma after a lobectomy in 2008.

I am about to choose chemo then surgery on the node, as you did.

Can you tell me what drugs were used for your 3 weeks of chemo? They are suggesting Cisplatin and Pemetrexed for me with the same treatment plan.

Thank you and I hope you are well now.

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