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Title: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: itsrealthistime on December 10, 2019, 04:02:14 pm
Hi All.

New here. Figured I'd join to see what I can learn to help my uncle. He had a heart attack last week and while they were running tests discovered a suspicious nodule on his lung. He has since undergone successfully triple bypass surgery. While doing the surgery, they took a biopsy of his lung. Doctor said it looked to be cancer. Doctor also said he thought it would not require surgey but chemo would be needed.

I've had a lot of bad experiences with one type of doctor trying to explain options for a another type of problem or disease so I took it all with a grain of salt.

So my first question is what should my uncle do next? See an oncologist? What kind? he's in California if that matters.
Title: Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: iana5252 on December 10, 2019, 04:25:33 pm
So sorry to hear about your uncle. Hopefully the heart attack helped discover the lung cancer early which increase his chances of beating it as often lung cancer isn't discovered until late in the process.

And yes, your uncle is likely to be referred to an oncologist once he is healthy enough to travel.

Here's a couple of places to start to get yourself up to speed on what he is going to go through.

Newly Diagnosed? Start Here
https://www.cancerhealth.com/basics/health-basics/newly-diagnosed-start-here

Lung Cancer 101
https://www.cancerhealth.com/basics/health-basics/lung-cancer

Best wishes to you and your uncle and please keep us updated on his progress.
Title: Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: itsrealthistime on December 10, 2019, 04:33:46 pm
Thanks for the speedy reply. and content links.

Yes, focused on his heart surgey recovery for now. Hopefully soon can start talking about the cancer treatment options. I'll check back in when have more news.
Title: Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: potisgood? on December 11, 2019, 08:18:30 am
This is going to take some time to sort through so do your best to help your uncle be patient. He's got to let his first surgery heal so he is healthy enough to fight the cancer.
Title: Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: itsrealthistime on December 12, 2019, 11:05:44 am
My uncle saw the oncologist today. He has to make an appointment in 6 weeks where they will take scans, x-rays and blood work. The oncologist said the surgeon got the cancer out of his lung during surgery so he may not have to do any followup treatments. Fingers crossed!!!!!!
Title: Re: favorite uncle diagnosed with lung cancer
Post by: itsrealthistime on December 16, 2019, 02:16:00 pm
My uncle is going home today. The lung mass was confirmed as cancerous, but as far as the scans can tell it has all been removed. Everything around the mass appears to be clear of cancer. Sees oncologist in 6 weeks. About the best we could have hoped for.