Originally Posted by Steph35
I've been reading the posts, and this is a great site. People are honest and upfront. I've been with my Boyfriend for 12 years. He is a smoker for about 30 years. As a retired big city cop, he has outlived most of his friends which has been hard for him. He has been sick since Thanksgiving and was initially diagnosed with phenomena and bronchitis. Today, they told him they must remove his left lung-no options. I'm a graduate student in mental health counseling and feel so helpless. I can't stop crying. I want to be strong for him because he is the one who is going to suffer. My obvious pain will make it more difficult for him. Does anyone know why the doctor requires lung removal over chemo. or radiation? Has anyone on the board gone through a lung removal and what does this entail? Thank you for your time and God Bless.
My Dad had a portion of his lung removed when he was diagnosed with NSCLC two years ago. The surgery has a long recovery but with breathing exercises and doing exactly as your doctor says he will recover nicely. Three months after my dad's surgery he was out on the golf course again. He has always complained about the numbing sensation where the incision was made but I think that is with all surgeries. Dad also went through chemo afterwards to get any residual cells. But as far as the surgery, it is a little scary but interview your surgeon and get as much information from him as possible.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boyfriend.