My husband's oncologist said no to the surgery. Did chemo twice. Said surgery could not prevent the spread of this cancer, with chemo only having 2% chance of remission. First doctor gave him six months. Second and current doc would not give a time limit. Husband is four years in and now in home hospice. Very sorry could not be of more help.
Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer Questions
Lung surgery twice
Asked by Blackmama on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Lung surgery twice
Has anyone out there ever had to do surgery on the lung/lobes more than once? My 2nd opinion surgeon who wants to remove all of my right lung says that I do not want to have to do this surgery more than once. Any comments are welcome.
3 Answers from the Community
It seems that the second opinion has left you even more uncertain than you were before, with the conflicting information. I would feel the same way. With dad's first lung cancer, stage 2b non-small cell squamous, he was fortunate to have an excellent surgeon who got everything in one shot, and removed one lobe and some lymph nodes. Here's a no-cost resource to which you may be able to ask more questions like that-- the National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/global/contact
I have had two separate surgeries to remove tumors from my lungs; however, in my case it was one tumor in each lung and not two surgeries on the same lung. Surgeons typically don't like to have to operate twice n the same area as scar tissue from the first operation will complicate the second operation. That being said it is not impossible and is done all of the time. From what you have said I assume that the tumors are in more that one lobe of your right lung and that they are in the middle of the lung not the edge. If they are on the edge then a wedge resection can be done and most of the lung spared. You can also have the tumors biopsied to be sure that they are all cancer if they are on the edge of the lung. This could limit the scope of the surgery if you were to find out that it is not all cancer. You may want to request an appointment with all of your cancer Drs (at least the surgeon and the oncologist) or at least that they talk to each other. You want to reach a consensus on the best path for treatment in your case. Each specialist will normally root for his treatment but if you get them together then you might be surprised by what they come up with. Good Luck