AJ787 wrote:Hey zephyr, good to hear your news sounds really positive, it’s a long way to go but as you say worth it. My OH has multiple mets so I’m interested in the place in Germany you mention (we live in UK). I know each case is different but could you give a rough figure in cost please. Wishing you a good recovery and long lasting good health.
Hi AJ787. Assuming there are no complications, plan on about €15,000 per surgery. That includes all testing, the surgery, and your hospital stay (room, meds, meals, etc). In my case there were complications, along with some genetic testing outside the hospital, and a guest room for a family member, and my bill was a little over €18,000.
As it happens, the genetic testing on my nodules showed the same mutations. There were so many questions - could we find a new chemo?, could I tolerate it?, would the cancer spread in the interim?, etc. - that we decided to stay in Germany, skip chemo, and just go forward with the second surgery. I will almost certainly lose the upper left lobe but all indications are that after I recover, I’ll probably not miss it much. I’ll never qualify for the Boston Marathon or climb Mt. Everest, but those experiences probably weren’t going to happen anyway. I check back into the hospital tomorrow and assuming the cancer hasn’t spread (please, please, please), the next surgery will be later this week.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to PM or post. I’ll answer when I can.