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    Pulmonary Decortication (reposted from

    Has anyone undergone a pulmonary decortication procedure? My wife has had stage 4 ovarian cancer since 10/27/2015. She has endured two rounds of chemo treatment plus one trial. Her cancer is in her pleural effusion; attaching a catheter has not helped. Her doctor now recommends that she undergo pulmonary decortication to scrape cancer cells off her lung and chest walls. He will also remove a lymph node in her chest that is cancerous. Due to the tube she has had in her side since June 2017, she has now colonization of MRSA. They recommend that she under surgery as soon as possible. Has anyone had this procedure? What can you tell me about it? Thanks.
    Last edited by cmrigaux; 11-13-2017 at 06:03 PM. Reason: Reposted from General Cancer forum

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    Hi cmrigaux,

    I am sorry, no I have not have experience with this procedure but I do with MRSA. I obtained it from improperly sterilized surgical equipment. I would ask, if you haven't already, the risk the MRSA is to the situation as it can easily spread. I just mention this concern as mine spread to my lungs and was extremely sick for sometime. There may be no risk at all, I do not know but again thought I would mention it.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto
    Aug 2018 - 4 yrs NED - no evidence of disease
    Aug 2019 - 5 yrs NED and discharged from cancer clinic!!!!!


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