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    Hi, I would be interested in hearing more about your experience. I have a similar Diagnosis.

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    Hi Sanda, I'm 60 and was dx. Feb.2012. I'm also a nurse but knew little about cancer tx. Brain MRI showed 5mm lesion. PET and CT show RUL mass and enlarged nodes - subcarinal and in lung. My Dr. is "assuming" the nodes are cancer. He dx me Stage IV and said I'm not a candidate for surgery even though there's no definitive proof the brain lesion is cancer. Received stereotactic radiation to lesion and have had 4 out of 6 chemo sessions. I'm curious - were you told your nodes were cancer? Did your oncologist biopsy your lymph nodes? I sought a second opinion from a thoracic surgeon who said I might be a candidate for surgery if I have only the one metastasis. Called it oligometastasis. I need a repeat Brain MRI and PET before proceeding. If there's no further metastasis he said he would do VATS surgery to test the thoracic lymph nodes and depending on findings could do the lobectomy at that time. My oncologist seemed to think he's not following protocol even though he's one of the best thoracic surgeons in our city. My oncologist said nothing about radiation. I'm not thrilled with my treatment center but have minimal options because of my Medicare HMO. I've done a lot of research online - mostly scholarly articles and have a lot of questions about how I'm being managed. I was interested in whether you had any thoughts about this. Thanks-

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    Anyone had success switching Medicare Plans if your plan doesn't cover the treatment center and physicians where you want to receive care?

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    Other Care (Second Opinion): I sought a second opinion from a thoracic surgeon because my oncologist told me that my Stage IV lung cancer was inoperable due a small metastasis (5 mm) in the brain. The surgeon discussed an option for surgery related to "oligometastasis." (one distant metastasis). I'll have a repeat PET and brain MRI to determine if there has been any further spread. If not, suspicious lung and thoracic lymph nodes will be biopsied via VATS surgery and if not they're not cancerous can do a lobectomy at the same time. Have to wait awhile until I finish chemo. It's a glimmer of hope but no guarantees.