My husband was diagonosed Sept. 12, 2010 with Stage IIIA NSCLC. He had a 8.3 centimeter tumor in the top of his right lung that penetrated to his rib cage. He started chemo and radiation right away and it was successful enough to shrink the tumor enough to be surgically resected. His surgery was Dec 14, 2010 and he spent 8 days in the hospital. He lost 2/3 of the top lobe of his right lung and had Ribs #2, #3, #4 removed. The ribs were taken all the way to his spine so therefore he is not a candiate for the nerve blocks that the pain managment doctor wanted to do. My question is, How long will it take before he can do anything with out pain. He is on a lot of pain meds but they are monitored very well. When he left the hospital, the surgeon talked like he would need pain meds for about 8 weeks, but after that, he should be fine. Well that hasn't happened. He still has a lot of burning under his right arm and pain in his shoulder and breast bone. All his scans have been good, but he feels like he will never be able to work again. Has it been enough time?, Should we expect another 6 months of healing? His inscision starts under his right shoulder blade and goes all the way around his chest under his right arm. He trys to stay as active as possible but sometimes he just sits and and says it hurts like crazy. He gets down and depressed about it. Just any advice from anyone. As long as he knows that this is normal ( the docs say it is), then he can deal with it. But again, just wondering how long.