Re: Chest Surgeon Visit Today
Not sure about the thoracic surgeon question - but there is no harm in shopping around.
I was in the same boat almost exactly a year ago. I got my news on June 24...I had a 1 cm nodule on the upper right lobe. I opted for the wedge resection and was told the same thing...if malignant, the whole upper lobe comes out right then and there. Scary. But if surgery were not an option, it would have been scarier.
Mine was benign and the surgery ended with the nodule and small portion of the lung being removed. Mine did not light up on the PET scan as yours did, which is why your doctor may be pushing for the surgery a little more than mine was.
It is personal decision whether or not to have the surgery. I had a 10 month old daughter and a 13 year old daughter at the time and had to fight for my life if it were malignant. I was very agressive with my testing and treatment and thankfully it had a happy ending. I would do it again if I had to. The peace of mind I have now is a gift! If it were malignant, my chance of survival was very high, so either way...the surgery was necessary in my opinion.
Needle biopsies, in my opinion, are useless. They can stick you 3 or 4 times and miss the malignant section of the nodule.
The surgery was not that bad...and I quit smoking after 25 years. So something else good came out of it. It has been 9 months and I will NEVER smoke again - ever. Once you have a chest tube sticking out of the side of your chest for a couple of days..kinda makes you wonder why you ever did this to yourself...
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