Cancer has spread/Metastasized - DanUnderwood

Oh No Associated with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer. Posted on October 27, 2011 View this journey (2 Experiences)

I have been having a problem with fluid retention. I started having problems breathing after walking a short distance (no more than 5 feet). My oncologist had me have a CAT Scan done. The doctor called that day with the test results and had me schedule an appointment in the lab for the next day. They removed 3.1 Liters of fluid from my left lung (where the cancer is). The cancer has spread to my lymph nodes and a new mass of cancer next to old one. The cancer is in the upper lobe of left lung and the new mass is next to the airway. Today the oncologist started me on a new type of chemo Cisplatin and Irinotecan injection. The oncologist is talking about what to do if the fluid returns. He said that they could put me in the hospital and drain the fluid and insert a powder in the bag surrounding the lung to make it inflame and fuse together with the lung.

This is the what CAT Scan results showed:

Development of a large left pleural effusion with only a small amount of aerated lung in the left upper lobe. There is a 3.1 x 2.4 cm mass in the medial lingula with postobstructive atelectasis. Left upper lobe lung mass is again seen but has increased in size., measuring 3.8 x 2.7 cm. Calcified granuloma in the right lower lobe. Right lung is otherwise clear. There is a large left retroperitoneal mass, just medial to the left adrenal gland measuring 6.0 x 4.5 cm. This has significantly increased in size and is consistent with metastatic lymphadenopathy. Numerous additional enlarged retroperitoneal and retrocrural lymph nodes.

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