Surviving Lung Cancer
In December of 2014, while hospitalized for a Hernia Repair Surgery at Penn State Medicine in Philly, a mass was found during a CT Scan, in my left lung. At the time, I was told it wasn’t anything “major”. However, once I was discharged, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was more serious. After requesting a copy of that CT Scan, what I read in the Radiology report was infuriating. As I began to read the findings, the word “Carcinoma” was used. This only furthered my alert that is was, in fact, much more serious than I was lead to believe.
So, I began to make calls to my Family Doctor, to the point where he thought I was “blowing things out of proportion”. However, he did send me to a Lung Specialist. Soon thereafter, I had a PET Scan. The PET Scan showed that this “mass” was, in fact, a tumor, and was malignant. I was then directed to see a Lung Surgeon that specialized in Lung Cancer.
After seeing the Surgeon, he scheduled a Biopsy. He did inform me that, if during the biopsy, the results were to show that the Cancer had spread, He’d then have to do further Surgery. Although the biopsy was scheduled for only one hour, the Surgery last just over 8 hours.
When I awoke, I was in the ICU, and was told that about 80% of my left lung had been removed. I was also told that the other areas around the lung had not been affected, which was considered a good sign. After that week in the Hospital, I was finally sent home, not knowing what was ahead of me. Would I receive Chemo? Radiation? My Appointment for those answers was one week later, toward the end of March of 2015.
Much to my surprise, I was told that all of the Cancer had been removed, and I was Cancer-Free. I did not require any other treatment, but would face follow-up appointments every 6 months for the first 2 years. I am currently, just a few weeks shy of my 2-year anniversary, and as well, I’ll learn soon if I am still Cancer-Free, or not.
Having to go through all of this, on top of all of my other health issues, has had a major impact on Me; Psychologically and Physically.