LaciK wrote:The surgeon removed the entire middle lobe due to the position of the met which has been confirmed as a spread of the rectal cancer vs. a new primary. The surgery was yesterday morning and I am at home this evening resting comfortably.
I had a good recovery as well BUTT lucked out with just a VATS wedge resection
HEAL GENTLY MY FRIEND !!!!!
So glad your surgery went well and you are resting comfortably. This may be a dumb question. My Father, long time teacher, once said "The only dumb question is one which doesn't get asked .. because dumb questions are easier to handle .. than dumb mistakes !!! " He taught Industrial Electrical / electronics where mistakes get you BLOWED UP from a 220V transformer coil
How do they know it is a met and not a new primary cancer? they will likely do intra-operative pathology on quick frozen / quick prepped biopsy sections while you are still in surgery.
IF a primary = lobectomy. IF met = resect and close kind of thing. LOCATION is also an issue WRT further Tx options which may be required down the line. A lotta surgeons favor " when in doubt .. GET IT OUT ! "
Are there certain characteristics of the tumor that determine it? Not always ... BUTT there are "suspicions" + experience + diagnostics which take it from guessing to ACTION.
I ask because even though my oncologist and pulmonologist have said they don't think my 4mm lung nodule being monitored is a met but related to interstitial lung disease, the pulmonologist did throw out there is always the possibility of a new lung cancer. But, will not know until it is monitored and watched for any changes as it is too small to biopsy or do a pet scan.
My motto is :
"You will miss MORE for not looking than not knowing"
ALWAYS keep on your docs to keep looking AGGRESSIVELY.
If they are taking a watch and wait approach ... make sure they ARE WATCHING more than waiting.