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    Hubby diagnosis

    Hubby (70) has had CT, PET, biopsy and is diagnosed (clinically) with squamous Stage 1 lower left lobe. His lung capacity test was Friday Sept. 17 and he is scheduled for a likely lobectomy tomorrow October 10. He is a survivor of small cell (yes, small cell) limited in his upper right lobe in 2011 for which he received radiation, chemo, and PBR, and colorectal cancer in 2003 - surgery, chemo, and radiation. Any thought, tips, advice. We are happy with our onco and our lung surgeon. Any advice welcome! - Terri

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    Welcome Terri.
    Your husband is a warrior and so are you! Although squamous can be stubborn, stage 1 is very good goods. With luck, all he will need is the surgery and not even radiation or chemo. However, I am sure his doctors will want to see how surgery goes first before confirming that. There are members here who have had that surgery that I will defer to that can give more specific advice on that.
    How are you and your husband doing? Hearing lung cancer again must have been very scary!
    Please keep us posted how how both of your are doing.
    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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    Lobectomy went as planned, doc says margins (so far) appear negative - awaiting lymph node pathology. He looks and feels good and was so relieved. Still in ICU this morning. Thanks for the encouragement!

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    How long before we get lymph node pathology back?

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    How long before we get lymph node pathology back?
    I would think you should have path results in 1-3 weeks. Are you at a cancer center?

    At the time - 46 yo male, non-smoker
    Sept 2012 - DX - One tumor NSCLC Squamous Cell Right Upper Lung
    Oct 2012 - TX - Treatment similar to Pancoast Tumor - Pre-operation radiation and chemo (5.5 weeks of IGRT and 3 cycles of Cisplatin and Etoposide)
    Dec 2012 - Surgery - Remove RUL, Surgical Pathology Report Adenocarcinoma T2N0M0
    Now - Wait, watch, & pray

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    No - we are with our local oncologist and surgeon. I am checking NCCN guidelines and we are following. Thanks for the reply - we see the surgeon, so hopefully some news then.


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