• I have a friend that was just diagnosed with lung cancer. He has a spot 6 CM in the upper lobe. He was

    Asked by grannys on Monday, July 28, 2014

    I have a friend that was just diagnosed with lung cancer. He has a spot 6 CM in the upper lobe. He was

    wanting to know about my thoughts on if lobectomy was good plan or not. I am looking for thoughts from those that have had this done. Anyone had it done, wish they hadn't, etc. Thanks for your help.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • cam32505's Avatar

      I don't think the patient has the final say. I think it would depend on the doctors and what they recommend. Sometimes, it's chemo to shrink before surgery. What does onc say?

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I am with Cam on this, it depends on the best route of attack, the best plan. I've heard of doing surgery first then I've seen doing radiation or chemo or both first then surgery after the tumor is shrinking. Each case is different. No "standard" plan I think. If others that have had the lobectomy see this maybe they will share what they liked, didn't like, or why they were told that needed to be done.

      over 4 years ago
    • gijanet's Avatar

      IT depends on the type of lung cancer your friend has. I have small cell, and usually small cell is not treated with surgery. I underwent chemo and radiation first. My small cell cancer responded well to treatment, but I was till wheezing, so the doctor ordered a bronchoscopy which revealed a tumor mass of unknown origin in my bronchial tube. It was biopsied and revealed two more cancer types besides the small cell, so the decision was to cut out this mutant mixed cell cancer. Five weeks ago I had my lower left lobe removed. Because of the radiation damage, the surgeon had to do a lot of muscle grafting (surgery took over ten hours), and it has been incredibly painful, but it is starting to ease up - finally. If the cancer is truly gone, it will be worth it. If your friend can avoid radiation prior to surgery that would be the best option. I am going to assume that your friend has a type of lung cancer that is traditionally treated with surgery. If you have any more questions, please ask. P.S. I do not need oxygen; sats are at 92% - I was 99% before surgery. I still get a bit winded, but have started PT and am working on that.

      over 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I have non-small cell lung cancer but my tumors were in spots where surgery and radiation were not options. So, like everyone else, I am wondering what your friend's oncologist has recommended. I know that if mine had given me the option to cut the tumors out, I would have been on that operating table pronto!

      There are lots of people here who have had the surgery hopefully they will see your question and respond.

      over 4 years ago
    • vbaroff's Avatar

      My husband had a lobectomy in June 2014. He was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer and staged at IIIA. The tumor was the size of an orange. They removed the top 1/3 of his right lung. All scans showed that the cancer had not spread to any other organ or lymph node. The surgeon has recommended 4 rounds of chemo which he will start on August 4th. The staging and chemo was based on the size of the tumor and where it was located-very close to his heart. They are doing the chemo to make certain any cancer cells that might be left are taken care of. His recovery has been hard but not terrible. He still has pain but not unbearable. He takes his pain med daily. My husband is 77 years old and his lung capacity wasn't good to begin with because of COPD. He's been told to walk as much as possible to increase his lung capacity. Hope this helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • SullyJackson's Avatar

      The doc said he would have taken my whole right lung if it wasn't for my emphysema. I only have a 58% capacity and taking an entire lung would cut it in half. I have non-small cell, stage IIIB. If I had the chance to do a lobectomy I would certainly research my options, keeping in mind lung capacity. I'm sure your friend's onc will look at that for sure.

      over 4 years ago
    • emilyw's Avatar

      in 2011 i had a left thoracotomy with pneumonectomy (removal of my left lung) due to to non-small cell lung cancer was in stage IIIA with two masses which after during chemotherapy for six months to no prevail, I had to opt for surgery...Thank God I am still in remission....Keep the faith..God is good...

      over 4 years ago
    • azsuper's Avatar

      I have a family dealing with lung cancer.
      He had masses in both lungs. Since he knew I was fighting cancer myself he called ask me what he should do and my suggestions.
      I told educate himself about the type of cancer he has. There are 4 great website I always recommend. American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, MD Anderson and Mayo's. You don't have everything like a doctor but you must have some idea what you have and whats going. He ok.
      Next I told him to tell his oncologist and surgeon to follow protocol. He said ok. And he did.
      I suggested he talk to his oncologist about radiation and chemo first and see how that works first maybe. He did and his oncologist agreed and that what they. He did radiation and chemo at the same time for six weeks. After the treatment they did a CT scan to see if it work. The tumors in his lungs were no longer there. They to regural test , scans ect to keep a eye on everything. So far he is cancer free.

      over 4 years ago

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