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Old 02-04-2015, 02:47 PM
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To the THT brain trust, my mom is 75 years old in overall good health except for rheumatoid arthritis and a recent bout with shingles. Had a spot on her lung that was being watched for a couple years. No growth until a month ago. Doc had her in surgery today for 3 1/2 hours and ended up removing the upper lobe of her left (?) lung. Sent her lymph nodes out for testing for cancer cells. What's the prognosis for recovery assuming the cancer has been confined to the removed portion of her lung? Am distant from the hospital and my dad and sisters on site cant shed much light on things over the phone.
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:52 PM
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Not a doc but I do know that many different types of cancer can present in the lungs... with different levels of malignancy. Prognosis will greatly depend on type.
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thanks, so far all I get out of my sister is the doctor said it's lung cancer............she's upset so I can't say I blame her.
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You're asking THT while you wait on a call back from the oncologist, right ...
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Hello mymojo,

Everything depends on the cell type. There's not much you can do except worry until the pathologist report comes back with cell type, and presence or absence of cancer in the nodes.

The most common type of cell for lung cancer is squamous. Here's a link that gives a pretty good answer to your questions if the tissue is squamous cell. Adenocarcinoma is a little better, all other cell types are decidedly worse.

http://lungcancer.about.com/od/types...-Prognosis.htm

Remember, the link cites statistics. Your mother's problem is not a statistic. She needs steady and reassuring sons and daughters now. No need for drama. All support and reassurance at this time.

I see you are in Mass. My daughter is in her final year of internal medicine at Brigham and Womens. She will be applying for oncology fellowships soon. The Dana Farber Center is a world class cancer center. The pro's from Dover are at the Farber. Use them if you need second opinions.

Good luck.
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Many thanks DSSmith - that information is very helpful. My mom is in North Shore Hospital on Long Island, New York. I'll likely head down this weekend to visit. Not much I can do from here and she's just out of surgery for about 1 1/2 so is still pretty sedated. My sisters are there with her and lean towards the drama side so they are not too helpful right now and I can't blame them. My dad is pretty calm which is good. Thanks again for the assist! Great crew here.
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thanks, so far all I get out of my sister is the doctor said it's lung cancer............she's upset so I can't say I blame her.
I would be upset also, not thats its cancer but what kind of outcome and recovery she will have at 75 years old? What stage is the cancer at?
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:43 PM
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I hear you FASTFJR. She has been a very active woman in very good health until about 6 months ago when she got shingles. She was just coming out of that mess - which required a lot of bed rest - when this happens. So she is not in the best of shape at this point.
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To the THT brain trust, my mom is 75 years old in overall good health except for rheumatoid arthritis and a recent bout with shingles. Had a spot on her lung that was being watched for a couple years. No growth until a month ago. Doc had her in surgery today for 3 1/2 hours and ended up removing the upper lobe of her left (?) lung. Sent her lymph nodes out for testing for cancer cells. What's the prognosis for recovery assuming the cancer has been confined to the removed portion of her lung? Am distant from the hospital and my dad and sisters on site cant shed much light on things over the phone.
First off without pathology you don't really know what it is.

If it is cancer long term survival depends on the Histology of the tumor and the Stage of the Cancer.

A lot of information is missing. I wish your Mother the best and I hope she does not have cancer.
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Wishing your mom the best mymojo
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hoping for the best. but went thru this with my mom when she was same age. she went chemo and rad route. which I feel was a worse death than not doing anything from what ive seen with others.
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Just a word of encouragement, my dad was in a very similar situation/age. Spot on x-Ray had been followed. Changes in size of spot required lobectomy. No positive nodes or spread. Recovered in a couple of months. And lived a full and happy life. Surgery cured him completely. Since your mom's lesion has been followed hopefully this will still be an early tumor with no spread.
Hope the best for your mom.
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My mother went through pretty much the same thing at age 70. She was crippled with rheumatoid arthritis and had heart bypass surgery the same year she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Because of her poor health they elected to do radiation and long story short she lived to be 82 years old. Cancer did not kill her!

In 2012 I had surgery to remove three nodules from my lung. All of my stuff started after discovery of a tumor in my eye. Out of caution they preformed surgery thinking that the tumor in my eye had spread from another part of my body. The nodules they removed ended up being inflamed lymph nodes. The doctors usually preform preliminary test in the hospital and can tell if it is cancer immediately but send out the samples to be sure. At least that is what happened in my case.

In any case I will be praying for your mother. Given the fact that they have been monitoring this I am pretty sure her chances of a complete recovery will be very good!
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:20 PM
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Thanks for the encouraging words. Mom is comfortable and Doc says surgery went well. We should have results on the lymph nodes by mid next week. Thanks again!
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