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Dad is in early stages of investigation

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Old 07-09-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Dad is in early stages of investigation

My Dad was just recently diagnosed as having a tumor on his lung. It is about 6 X 8 cm and is low down, near the outer wall. It may be secondary to a colon cancer 3 years ago, but is probably not as it seems to be completely isolated with nothing elsewhere.

Can the lump be removed or will a large portion of the lung come with it? Can this be done laprascopically or will they have to crack ribs and his sternum? Will there be a large difference in treatment if it is a primary tumor versus a secondary one? What are the usual types of treatment (he had nothing but surgery for the colon cancer)?

Thanks for any info you can give me.

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Old 07-10-2012, 05:43 AM   #2
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Re: Dad is in early stages of investigation

I'm not sure what the situation is in Canada, but in the UK, surgery is one of the last options with lung cancer. Chemo and radiotherapy are the first treatments in almost all cases (or so I've recently been told).

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