I found this web site and group after receiving my own news yesterday. I desperately need any and all the helps and supports you can give. I thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart.
My name is Mike. I'm 57 years old male. Before Xmas, I got a cold and cough. I went to my family doctor and he saw some inflammation in my throat so he gave me some antibiotics. When I was there, he gave me a chest xray and saw a mass, so he sent me to do a CATSCAN. After the result came back, he said he saw a tumor.
The result said (I'm not 100% sure what all these meant):
"Findings: examination confirms the presence of a 4.9 x 6.3 x 4.9 cm spiculated mass in the right hilum. Highly suggestive of neoplastic process. There is encasement of the right lower lobe bronchus. MInimal RIGHT lower lobe atelectasis is seen. No significant mediastinal or hilar lymphadenophaty is seen. No pleural fluid effusion. Vascular and cardiac structures are normal. Bony structures are unremarkable"
My family doctor then sent me to see a pulmonary MD and he did a bronchoscopy for me and took some biopsy sample.
Yesterday, the pulmonary doctor called me and told me that it's lung cancer and it's stage 3A. He said that my tumor is too close to the center line and he doesn't think surgery is possible, but again he said he is not the surgeon, so he's referring me to see a surgeon next week to see if any surgery can be done. Then I will see an oncologist for treatment.
Needless to say, I was shocked, devastated, depressed, sad all at the same time. So I tried to find out more about stage 3A that I found this web site. After reading the posts here, I figure all is not lost and I was comforted by the supports I saw that were given to each other in a very difficult time.
I desperately need any or all advises, comments that you can give. I'd appreciate it all from my heart.
- I have Kaiser insurance in Southern California, do they have good cancer treatment program?
- I have absolutely no symptoms. Will a stage 3A deteriorate pretty fast?
- What questions should I ask when I see the surgeon next week?
- what questions should I ask when I see the oncologist next week?
So far, I know nothing about lung cancer and treatments, beside reading the posts here in this 'NSCLC-stage IIIA' group since last night until now (yes, I couldn't go to sleep since receiving that phone call from the doctor).
- I am working as a software guy. I do work in an office environment. Will I be able to continue to work full-time while doing treatment? (I'm the only single income and I also need to keep my insurance and my wife's insurance by working)
[I'm not sure how to deal with my work yet. Am I supposed to tell my boss about my situation when I go to work Monday? I will have to if I need to take a lot of time off for treatment. What do you all think?]
Did I miss anything?
Please give me your advise, comment, inputs. I appreciate them all from my heart.
Thank you for listening.