Is surgery never possible for this?

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Is surgery never possible for this?

by StingGB on Wed Aug 26, 2015 02:04 PM

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Hi,

I was diagnosed with SCLC - 9cm tumor, upper left lung, 2 months ago. Attached to lymnph, but no spread. Currently undergoing chemo with simultanious radio coming up.

My oncologist told me there is no chance of surgery because of its close proximity to vital organs, and this type of cancer's propensity to spread as a result of surgery.

Is this really true in all cases? If my tumor reduces in size considerably, and bearing in mind I'm only 54 and fit, could I not find a surgeon who would allow me to take a shot?

Bear in mind I'm in the UK. And whilst our health service is wonderful, and free, you are often limited by what you are told is available. And I can't afford to go private for this.

RE: Is surgery never possible for this?

by JayneYoung on Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:06 PM

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Hi there I'm so sorry to hear your news, I was diagnosed with exactly the same as you but in my right lung and 2 nodes in 2013, I was 53. I live in Wales and asked to be referred to Guys Hospital in London, the oncology team were second to none I had chemo, cisplatin and vinorelbin, 4 three week cycles with 25 rads in the middle, surgery was not decided until treatment was finished, I had the surgery in Guys, A lobectomy with clean margins, I now have 5 clear scans behind me, please don't hesitate to ask for a second opinion, everyone is entitled to one even in a different health authority, even if your treatment is underway you can still ask to see a thoracic surgeon when it's finished, my very best wishes to you and your family x

RE: Is surgery never possible for this?

by StingGB on Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:57 PM

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Hey, thanks for replying Jayne.

It's very early days. Literarly just about to go to bed. 2nd of six rounds of chemo at 8am tomorrow. Radio running in conjunction starting in 3 weeks.

I've no idea how this will all go. However, having now got over the initial shock of diagnosis, and planning my new life, I figure if I could get a shot at surgery I'd take it.

I rate my oncologist, but she's said I'd never find any answer but no to surgery. If the tumor reduces in size, and with no spread at present, I can't understand this.

I'll very much take your advice on board, and thanks again.

RE: Is surgery never possible for this?

by StingGB on Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:21 PM

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On Aug 26, 2015 10:57 PM StingGB wrote:

Hey, thanks for replying Jayne.

It's very early days. Literarly just about to go to bed. 2nd of six rounds of chemo at 8am tomorrow. Radio running in conjunction starting in 3 weeks.

I've no idea how this will all go. However, having now got over the initial shock of diagnosis, and planning my new life, I figure if I could get a shot at surgery I'd take it.

I rate my oncologist, but she's said I'd never find any answer but no to surgery. If the tumor reduces in size, and with no spread at present, I can't understand this.

I'll very much take your advice on board, and thanks again.

Revising my own post to say:

My girlfriend has just read this post, and pointed out what my oncologist actually said was there was no chance of surgery with the present diagnosis, she didn't say anything about the future. And furthermore without treatment I would have be dead in a matter of weeks.

Basically, my oncologist was telling me what my position is now. It's funny you miss-interpret things in the madness of first diagnosis. And adds to the common sense position that it always pays to have someone with a seperate set of ears in the room with you for important meetings.

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