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Postby Markdale » Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:37 pm

Hi, just an update on my journey.

I had a thoracotomy on my right lung on 1/9/21Wednesday. I was hoping for just a vats but they said they needed to go thoracotomy because the Mets were to small and they needed to feel for it. They gave me a paravertebre block and an oxycodeine pca. After the surgery I was not in much pain but then the block fell out of place probably due to me moving around to much. After that the pain was horrible the oxycodeine didn’t help much, it only got better once they took the drain tube out. I was home by Friday evening after the drain tubes were out and they x-rayed to make sure I didn’t have a collapsed lung. At the moment I just get a little short of breath and there is still pain on movement but Panadol and anti inflammatory have controlled it.

09/20:Diagnosed after colonoscopy for bleeding.
MRI and ct scan confirmed tumor at rectosigmoid junction aswell as lung nodules in right lower lobe (1X1.2cm) and right upper lobe (3X.5cm)
10/20: low anterior resection tumour t3n2m1 4 lymph nodes positive of 24. No ileostomy.
11/20: pet scan showed low to moderate uptake of glucose.
11/20: folfoxiri - 10/6/21. 12 rounds in total
12/20: ct lung biopsy of lung nodule to confirm metastasis. Biopsy unsuccessful
1/1/21 thoracotomy for removal of lung nodules

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Re: Thoracotomy

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:58 am

I'm glad you're doing better at home. I hope your recovery goes well. *hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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Re: Thoracotomy

Postby stu » Sun Sep 05, 2021 2:32 am

Hi ,
You sound as though you are recovering really well considering it was not Vats ! Sorry you had quite a bit of pain to endure but all in all it sounds as though you are making a remarkable recovery !
My mum had Vats , long term a great recovery and her lung function has remained good five years later . Hope it works out that way for you too !
No place like home !
Enjoy being cancer free and keep up your good recovery !
supporter to my mum who lives a great life despite a difficult diagnosis
stage4 2009 significant spread to liver
2010 colon /liver resection
chemo following recurrence
73% of liver removed
enjoying life treatment free
2016 lung resection
Oct 2017 nice clear scan . Two lung nodules disappeared
Oct 2018. Another clear scan .

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