After the surgeon removed my husband’s right upper lobe and the four-cm. tumor nested there in his lung, several malignant nodes remained in his left lung, which she had not been able to reach. Both surgeon and oncologist strongly recommended combined radiation and chemotherapy treatments for a period of five months to destroy any remaining cancer. If just one spore had been released and traveled anywhere in the body, they warned, a new cancer site would begin.
Ed was seventy-two at the time he was diagnosed with lung cancer on May 19, 2003. He had gone to see his primary physician for an unrelated matter and when she asked if he had any other problems, he mentioned that he had a minor cough. She immediately sent Ed to have an X-ray.
His physician called later the same day, a day we’ll never forget, and said those words no one wants to hear: “there is a small mass in your lungs.” A CAT scan soon followed, along with a biopsy and second CAT scan on June 5. The radiologist informed Ed that the mass in his lungs was indeed cancer, “non-small cell carcinoma.” “Fortunately,” she went on to say, his liver and kidneys were not affected. Subsequent procedures included a mediastinoscopy––the surgical removal of a few nodes to determine Ed’s qualification for a lobectomy. The lobectomy was set for July 8th. The result of that surgery as you have already read was not a complete success.
To be continued. . .