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  1. #1
    Waterspider Guest

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    Hi everybody, or at least hi to those of you who aren't complete and utter
    whack jobs,

    I had my upper left lung lobectomy June 22, and the surgery went well. I was
    home in 8 days and am finding the recovery, oddly, much easier than the
    wedge resection I had in February. Anyway, I'm back driving and working at
    my computer, totally off the pain meds and yesterday I was weeding in my
    garden. A little short of breath, but I'm working on that.

    Pathology on the lung and surrounding lymph node tissue that was removed
    showed not a speck of cancer. Not a speck! This is a good thing, means the
    original adenocarcinoma didn't metastacize but, on the other hand, it means
    a perfectly good lung was ripped out for the sake of a biopsy. Oh well, at
    least I won't die wondering.

    And, I'm blogging again: http://dancewithcancer.blogspot.com/

    WS



  2. #2
    Judy Scobee Guest

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    Hi there, Glad to hear, no more Cancer for you! 8-)

    = Judy =




  3. #3
    Vern Guest

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    I'm generally not in favor of litigious behavior, but sounds to me
    like you've got a pretty good malpractice suit.

  4. #4
    Waterspider Guest

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    "Judy Scobee" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Hi there, Glad to hear, no more Cancer for you! 8-)
    >
    > = Judy =
    >

    Thanks Judy,
    There's still the cancer in my bone marrow and other lymph nodes, but no one
    seems too worried about that. The lung was the scary one.



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    CSM Guest

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    On Jul 12, 9:31*am, "Waterspider" <nos...@all.com> wrote:
    > "Judy Scobee" <JudithSco...@webtv.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..> Hi there, Gladto hear, no more Cancer for you! *8-)
    >
    > > = Judy =

    >
    > Thanks Judy,
    > There's still the cancer in my bone marrow and other lymph nodes, but no one
    > seems too worried about that. The lung was the scary one.


    I'm glad the surgery went well, sorry to hear that it wasn't really
    needed. Sort of. I mean, it would be worse if it turned out it *was*
    needed. There's a lot of guesswork in oncology, and medicine in
    general. I hope to never know if my chemo was needed.

    I wonder why they're not worried about cancer in bone marrow and lymph
    nodes. ISTM those are pretty serious.

    ---
    CSM

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    CSM Guest

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    On Jul 11, 11:25*pm, Vern <mmo...@kc.rr.com> wrote:
    > I'm generally not in favor of litigious behavior, but sounds to me
    > like you've got a pretty good malpractice suit.


    Maybe I'm missing something, but it sounds to me like they made their
    best guess based on the available evidence, followed a reasonable
    course based on that guess, and admitted that the guess was wrong.
    It's too bad they couldn't have reached the conclusion (no cancer in
    the lung) without invasive, destructive procedures, but I don't see
    the malpractice.

    ---
    CSM

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    Waterspider Guest

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    "CSM" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jul 11, 11:25 pm, Vern <mmo...@kc.rr.com> wrote:
    > I'm generally not in favor of litigious behavior, but sounds to me
    > like you've got a pretty good malpractice suit.


    Maybe I'm missing something, but it sounds to me like they made their
    best guess based on the available evidence, followed a reasonable
    course based on that guess, and admitted that the guess was wrong.
    It's too bad they couldn't have reached the conclusion (no cancer in
    the lung) without invasive, destructive procedures, but I don't see
    the malpractice.
    CSM

    You're right, CSM, it was indeed a best guess; microscopic cancer particles
    cannot yet be detected non-invasively. Because metastacized adenocarcinoma
    is such a bitch, and because I had three tumours "disturbed" in February
    when they were removed in a wedge resection, waiting to see what might or
    might not happen was not recommended. The surgery was my choice, and I
    weighed the risks vs benefits carefully (I even cancelled my first surgery
    appointment). This was not malpractice. It would have been malpractice to
    not suggest the surgery.



  8. #8
    Waterspider Guest

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    "CSM" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jul 12, 9:31 am, "Waterspider" <nos...@all.com> wrote:
    > "Judy Scobee" <JudithSco...@webtv.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:13959-4C3AA5CE-13[email protected]..> Hi there, Glad
    > to hear, no more Cancer for you! 8-)
    >
    > > = Judy =

    >
    > Thanks Judy,
    > There's still the cancer in my bone marrow and other lymph nodes, but no
    > one
    > seems too worried about that. The lung was the scary one.


    I'm glad the surgery went well, sorry to hear that it wasn't really
    needed. Sort of. I mean, it would be worse if it turned out it *was*
    needed. There's a lot of guesswork in oncology, and medicine in
    general. I hope to never know if my chemo was needed.

    I wonder why they're not worried about cancer in bone marrow and lymph
    nodes. ISTM those are pretty serious.
    CSM

    My oncologist is convinced, mind you without pathology to back it up, that
    it's a "low-grade, indolent lymphoma." A number of hot spots showed up along
    with my lung cancer in a PET Scan, but in ultrasound there weren't any lymph
    nodes that looked like good biopsy candidates. Nothing showed up in my bone
    marrow, and they've not done a bone sample. I suppose I'll start rattling
    chains about this when I recover a bit more from the lobectomy, but right
    now I just haven't got the energy.

    WS



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    J Guest

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    Waterspider wrote:

    > Hi everybody, or at least hi to those of you who aren't complete and utter
    > whack jobs,
    >
    > I had my upper left lung lobectomy June 22, and the surgery went well. I was
    > home in 8 days and am finding the recovery, oddly, much easier than the
    > wedge resection I had in February. Anyway, I'm back driving and working at
    > my computer, totally off the pain meds and yesterday I was weeding in my
    > garden. A little short of breath, but I'm working on that.
    >
    > Pathology on the lung and surrounding lymph node tissue that was removed
    > showed not a speck of cancer. Not a speck! This is a good thing, means the
    > original adenocarcinoma didn't metastacize but, on the other hand, it means
    > a perfectly good lung was ripped out for the sake of a biopsy. Oh well, at
    > least I won't die wondering.


    Pathology can't see specks. I'm happy to hear recovery is going better than
    expected.
    Thanks for the update.
    J


  10. #10
    Waterspider Guest

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    "J" <xyewsnswex@nalid;"no> wrote in message
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    > Waterspider wrote:
    >
    >> Hi everybody, or at least hi to those of you who aren't complete and
    >> utter
    >> whack jobs,
    >>
    >> I had my upper left lung lobectomy June 22, and the surgery went well. I
    >> was
    >> home in 8 days and am finding the recovery, oddly, much easier than the
    >> wedge resection I had in February. Anyway, I'm back driving and working
    >> at
    >> my computer, totally off the pain meds and yesterday I was weeding in my
    >> garden. A little short of breath, but I'm working on that.
    >>
    >> Pathology on the lung and surrounding lymph node tissue that was removed
    >> showed not a speck of cancer. Not a speck! This is a good thing, means
    >> the
    >> original adenocarcinoma didn't metastacize but, on the other hand, it
    >> means
    >> a perfectly good lung was ripped out for the sake of a biopsy. Oh well,
    >> at
    >> least I won't die wondering.

    >
    > Pathology can't see specks. I'm happy to hear recovery is going better
    > than
    > expected.
    > Thanks for the update.
    > J
    >

    I wondered about this. I was told to have the lobectomy in case there were
    tiny particles of cancer left behind from the wedge resection, particles
    that couldn't be detected, but now it's being suggested that there were no
    tiny particles. So, how was it determined that there aren't any, if they
    can't be detected in the first place?

    My surgeon should be contacting me for a follow-up appointment. I'll ask
    him.





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