Way back in 1997, when I had my first NSCLC surgery, it did not include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). During all of my pre-op tests, all the nurses kept saying that I would be very uncomfortable because incisions were made along the bra strap and would be very irritating. I don’t know if I was lucky because my incisions never irritated me but they aren’t hidden so they show in a bathing suit if I lift my arms. SO there was a trade-off!
Ten years later when my second lung cancer occurred an attempt to use VATS was successful for one lesion but there were 3 of them. My surgeon had to take the tubing out and surgically remove the other lesions because one of them had penetrated the pleura. The operation lasted 7 1/2 hours. I needed chemo after a month because there wasn’t yet any immunotherapy back then for multifocal cancer. My last two cancers were zapped with SBRT, a relatively new type of precision radiation because it saved tissue that probably would have been lost in my lung during surgery.
There have been so many changes in lung cancer treatments from CT screening technologies, immunotherapy, SBRT, new surgical methods, and equipment. All of these shorten hospital stays and recuperation lengths. They also help patients survive lung cancer or give a person a longer life.
Cure Today recently covered this subject:
What kind of treatments have you had with newer techniques or approaches? Were they very uncomfortable?