• I am afraid of not knowing whats going to happen,, doctors already talking taking a third of my lung out,,,diagnosis dec 5,,,,,

    Asked by whatsup on Thursday, December 20, 2012

    I am afraid of not knowing whats going to happen,, doctors already talking taking a third of my lung out,,,diagnosis dec 5,,,,,

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I'm not sure what you are asking. You don't know if you are going to have surgery? What can we help you with?

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I'm sorry for your situation Whatsup, it is scary dealing with this. I and Nancy need some details about what your Dr. is talking about. How about filling in some details for everyone, then they can offer up some advice.

      Thanks for posting, we will be waiting for your reply so we can help you.

      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll (Best Answer!)

      Whatsup, I understand that hearing a surgeon say he wants to remove 1/3 of your lunfg can be scary. I have been told teh same thing. Let me try and expalin what they are proposing. Your right lunf has three lobes and your left lung has two lobes. When ther is cancer in a lung it starts out in one location it one of the lobes.

      There are two ways to surgically remove the tumor, Wedge Resection or Lobe Removal. Wedge resection works well for tumors on the edge ofd the lung and involvwes going in with a laproscope and removing a wedge including the tumor f0orm the lung lobe. The lungs contain lots of large blood vessels, and if the tumor is near and of the vessels (in the middle of the lobe) then wedge resection becomes more difficult and dangerous. If they were nick a blood vessel they would have to quickly open the chest up to get in and repair the vessel and at that point probably remove the lobe anyhow. Since quickly opening up the chest to get at the damage is dangerous surgeons will only under special condiotions try a wedge resection in the middle of a lobe.

      So it sounds to me like your surgeon is recommending a lobe removal. This will reduce your lung capacity by about 20% but the good news is that your lungs have extra capacity except for extreme cases like running marathions and such so in most cases people do not even notice the loss of a lobe. While lobe removal sounds scary it is a well defined procedure that has been done millions of times.

      Good luck and let us know how things work out.

      almost 4 years ago

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