recurrance

I was diagnised w nsclc IIa last may, had a lobectomy anf the 4 rounds of chemo. During the last round of chemo 6 weeks ago my oncologist and radiologist both noticed/noted a very small spot on my right lung on the ct scan. 3 weeks later i went for a follow up visit to the surgeon who had scanned me again and he told me he thought it was a recurrance, and that I would likely need surgery again. I contacted the oncologist who insists he cannot rule it out, but that its too early to tell and that in his experience ca does not come back this soon, especially while on chemo. he believes it could be a small infection and has pt me on antibiotics and will rescan in 6 weeks. I, in the meddle of two of the best specialists in a huge med center disagreeing, one;s giving me more hope than the other. Regardless, I'm not sleeping nights. Any thoughts? Thanks you.

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hi everyone
ihave just had my results of my ct scan the tarceva i was taking has stopped working also the cancer has spread to my bones it has helped to read all your views
i wish you all good luck
god bless cazjo

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J Rod,I see you're being treated at the same place that I got my second opinion so I trust that you're in very good hands. I'm voting for the oncologist on this one....antibiotics and rescanning in 6wks sounds a whole lot better than jumping the gun with surgery talk! Jeesh....no wonder you're having so much trouble sleeping. I still have my '08 Rx for Ambien that I'll break in half and take only when I really need it, same goes with the Xanax. Obviously, I don't abuse the stuff and my doc agrees it's best to have it on hand, especially come CAT scan time for me. I hope the antibiotics do the trick and that the surgeon will get to see a clean scan. Take care.

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I can't add much but they can always do a PET/CT scan to see if it lights up. I was diagnosed 10/2006 had Rt Lower Lobectomy and had a 3mm nodule show up in the upper rt lung on CT/PET scans ever since. I remember feeling like you. It's just been a stable nodule for the past 5 years. I agree with others that feel it's unlikely a reoccurance this early in treatment. Try not to worry, we know it's hard.

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Thank you payz33, I really appreciate that. Cisplatin did beat me up, 6 weeks later Im still recovering and I was an in shape young 50....LOL. Thanks Reddrose.
You guys are the best!
Jose

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Is there any thought of bioposing this new lesion? immediate surgery seems alittle radical to me ..

I have had a lobectomy and no chemo or radiation because of the type of lung cancer i have. I have learned the chest ct's and xray's can easily be read incorrectly (confusing a pneumonia or fluid with a very small lesions or scar tissue ).

I personally would take the course of antibiotics and re scan is 2-3 weeks. Surgery is a big step.

Vicki

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also- I had Cisplatin - very strong toxic stuff - i highly doubt a reoccurance...

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i agree with your oncologist - it's would be very strange for any new growth to appear while in treatment - I am 4 years out and they just saw a 3mm nodule - I have to wait 3 months until I get another CT to see if it is stable or "something" to worry about - with NSCLC the progression is VERY SLOW - I would listen to the oncologist and get a script for Ativan for those moments where you feel like you're about to have a panic attack....been there....
karen

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I did not, according to the protocol where I go for treatment, lobectomy w small tumor, 1 node involved only gets 4 chemo treatments afterwards. I got taxotere and cisplatin but no radiation.

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Did you do radiation? Take care, Judy

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Thanks Judy.

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I agree with your onc. It's too soon to know what it is.
I would wait for the rescan. They don't usually scan after tx for 6-8 weeks. Did you do radiation? Try not to let this get you down. Take care, Judy

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