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Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, continual recurrences

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Mar 21 10:22am | Replies (370)

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@lilly2 in September I had wedge resection surgery in my upper left lobe to remove 2 nodules from upper left lobe – largest 12mm x 13 mm. I still have 3 smaller nodules in 3 other lobes – all of my tumors are GGO.
My boyfriend had lobectomy of right upper lobe due to a 31mm x 34mm tumor. He also has one other small GGO in upper left.

I chose the wedge resection because I have multiple nodules and because with adenocarcinoma they can keep popping up. If/when the other nodules start to change, I obviously can’t have 5 lobectomies so I determined it would be best to preserve as much lung capacity as possible for as long as possible. I mean what if one of these other nodules starts acting more aggressive and increases rapidly to a size they don’t recommend wedge. Then I’d have to take a second lobe too? Sounded to quick and drastic at first. I figured I can always go back and have the lobectomy if I had too.
I am 50 years old and otherwise pretty healthy. I’m no fitness buff, but for health reasons fitness and being physically active is a large part of my life. The surgery went really well, I was in the hospital 1 night. I was back to exercise more than walking in about 4 weeks lower body and full weight lifting and cardio in 5 weeks. I notice my breathing is a little more labored with exercise, but not a lot and it is getting better.

Gordie chose the lobectomy at the surgeons recommendation based on tumor size. Since he did not have prior confirmation with biopsy only PET, they did wedge and check pathology – after confirm cancer, took lobe.
He is not into fitness and a lot of physical activity is not a major concern for him. Understanding that losing one lobe would not be a major change in his lifestyle, he accepted that path easily.

If you have any questions about anything, I’m happy to answer. I wish you peace as you make your decision. It is not an easy one.

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Hi @jamineibs, Great that yours are all GGO. My dominent nodule is in upper left lobe 1.1 cm its a solid nodule.I also have 3 others that are too small to determine between 2mm-3mm but they are GGO right now. I think if this nodule was a GGO I would definitely go witha wedge with ample margins but its not….still not certain. Thank you for sharing!!! wish you all the best

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