December 14, 2020
Recent CT showed what was thought to be scar tissue at staple line of wedge resection. Pet scan lit up and indicates a localized reoccurrence. Scheduling to see a thoracic surgeon.
December 16, 2020
Hi LynA. Sorry to hear about the recurrence, but glad to hear that it appears to be localized. Hopefully others will chime in with their experiences. I can't personally speak to it, but I do want to share with you this page that gives a pretty thorough overview of treatments for recurrent cancer: https://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/lung/treatment/recurrent-disease/?region=on. I thought this might be of some use as you discuss options with your doctors. Please feel free, if you like, to keep us posted on how you are doing - this community is here for you. Wishing you the best. Richard (LungCancer.net Team)
December 16, 2020
They are talking about surgery. Its complicated. The new tumor has the main artery going into it. Since Ive also had radiation to that area, in the mediastinal, this can also complicate things, but they believe it is the best direction. The tumor board meets next tuesday to discuss. They will remove the whole lung this time as my first surgery was a wedge resection and the recurrence is in staple line. I feel grateful there is currently no metastasis anywhere else, but I know that doesn't mean there is micro metastasis. Could be more ahead after the surgery. I feel as though I am starting over 19 months later. Hoping, praying...
December 29, 2020
All things are planned and coming up quickly. Brain MRI is scheduled for this Thursday. Did this 19 months ago but is still a prerequisite to Lung surgery. I have a biopsy Monday the 4th, ( got to be sure it is in fact reoccurent cancer) and not scar tissue or inflammation. Pneumonectomy surgery scheduled for the 14th. Thank you for checking on me. Trying to stay optimistic 😀
January 10, 2021
Hi LynA. Hope this note finds the New Year going well. Just checking to see how the tests went and if the surgery is still on schedule. If so, wishing you the best (note: we have some articles from contributors on recovery from surgery if you are interested when the time comes). You've got this. Richard (LungCancer.net Team)