If you were with a Dr who you trust I just don't see the benefit of second guessing the treatment. I can do the same but I don't let myself because I cannot bring anything back. I have LC and I did agressive target treatment of chemo and radiation. I then had surgery to remove the left upper lobe and the majority of lymph nodes in the center of my chest. I was T1.Small tumor.
The surgery was brutal and not vats. The cancer was all completely dead. I will never ever be able to get my lung back. I was a runner and very healthy before DX..Can't do that anymore.
If I allow myself to comb over all my records..which I have I could drive myself crazy because I know enough about cancer to question everything..I just won't because it will not do me any good. Instead I try and look for cures, new reserch for my cancer and exercise and relax and take good care of myself and others.
If they took 18 inches its because they needed to do this to save your life.