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Single spot 8 year out was posted 09/28/2014 11:04 am by 12 Year Survivor
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I was 8 years post whipple when they found a spot on one lung. We waited 1 year and found it grew slightly. Because of the location (high up in the upper left lobe and relatively small size) we decided to skip the biopsy in favor of a wedge resection or possible lobectomy.

If they found cancer then we would do the lobectomy on the spot if not cancer then just the wedge resection. It was positive so they removed the entire lobe. No spread to lymph nodes so no additional chemo was done and things continue to remain clear. I did end up with surgical complication that meant I spent total of 3 weeks in the hospital and a 2nd surgery but it was pretty rare (so hopefully that won't be something you run into).

THey will go through the back and side of the ribs rather than cracking the chest and that makes the surgery a little better. It was not as tough as the whipple surgery but it is still major surgery.

Best wishes.

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