Today is surgery day for Hubby. As you read this I’m likely in the waiting room…stitching…wasting time on my phone or chatting with the kids.
For those of you who don’t know, on January 24th we found out that my Hubby has lung cancer. Over the course of these days, we’ve found out that it is staged at 3A. It’s located in two of the lung sections on the right side.
The doctor has talked to us a lot. He has the hope that he can take out the two sections and that’s it BUT there is a lymph node that is involved right near the tumor. So to remove it, the upper section of the right lung might need to be removed so that means he would be completely without a right lung. The doctor also suggested that he may go in, see that it’s to dangerous and might just sew him back up.
So, as I wait, all those things are running through my mind.
The technical name for his procedure is a thoracotomy.
This is an excerpt from the booklet we got on it.
I’m trying to remind myself of these notes too….
Our whole family is ever so grateful to everyone who has been so kind and supportive through this all. Everyone asks “is there anything I can do?”. To be honest, we don’t even know what we need. We do know one thing though….
If you have a loved one who is a smoker and has been a smoker for awhile, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, encourage them to request a Chest CT scan. Having one done is no harder than having an x-ray. A patient has every right to ask a doctor that one be done. In most cases, insurance will cover it. Can you believe that the scan is all that is needed to detect lung cancer? We were told that doctors are just starting to have a chest CT scan done as part of a physical for long time smokers. All haven’t adopted it yet so REQUEST one if your doctor doesn’t automatically do it.
Please note…Roger thought nothing was different. In retrospect he admits to feeling tired and having shortness of breath but he also has COPD..and is 57 years old and didn’t know if this was part of aging.
Here are the symptoms….
- A cough that does not go away or gets worse.
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
- Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
- Weight loss and loss of appetite.
- Shortness of breath.
- Feeling tired or weak.
Roger only had two symptoms and didn’t even realize it. Too many people think that coughing up bloody phlegm is the only symptom. It is not.
Please-Please. If there is smoker in your life. Request the test.
Roger has since quit smoking. It’s been hard but necessary. I’ve got a few other people in my life that I’m having a talk with too….
I’ll report back in when I know something more. I will likely do a big post in the morning and a Facebook update sometime today.
Thanks so much for the prayers and well wishes. They are so appreciated.