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How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

Agree: There are multiple factors that only you and your surgeon as a team can determine. Some important considerations will include:
1. What is your job?
2. What kind of operation did you have
3. What if any complications did you have
4. What medications are you taking after surgery?
Ultimately, choose a surgeon you trust, so you will follow his/her instructions after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How long will I need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

How long will I need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

Usually 4-6 wks: But this question is always better answered by the surgeon that operated on your chest. They may have a very good reason to allow you back sooner, or keep you at rest longer. I can promise you they will not mind you asking them! ...Read more

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What is the recovery time on lung cancer lobectomy?

What is the recovery time on lung cancer lobectomy?

Depends on approach: Generally recovery time after minimally invasive lobectomy either by vats or robot is fairly fast, 2-3 weeks before back to baseline. Longer for traditional open surgery. ...Read more

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How effective is a lobectomy for treating lung cancer?

How effective is a lobectomy for treating lung cancer?

Contained: Lobectomy is very effective and appropriate if the cancer is isolated to the particular lobe. Sometimes though despite best efforts after surgery pathology may show that cancer is not isolated to that lobe and more extensive treatment needed. ...Read more

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Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

By all means: I hope your surgery proves a long-term success and I am very pleased you are getting back into exercise. Whatever form you like is probably right for you. As a ringside physician myself, I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Wait to Worry: You should not be thinking about death unless your Cancer is growing or spreading (called Metastasis). Most people with growing cancer develop symptoms which will signal that you need to see your doctor for examination. A periodic check up by your doctor can reveal signs of tumor recurrence if there is one. So as long as you get checked periodically or when you have new symptoms, you are doing fine ...Read more

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Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required: There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed. ...Read more

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What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too.?

What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too.?

God only knows: That is a question that no doctor or anyone else can answer for you. There are averages but the best thing is to speak to your oncologist. Also read DrAtul Gwande's book "Being Mortal". ...Read more

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Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Non small cell lung cancer stage 111a. Had lobectomy but cancer remains in chest wall and lymph node. What is life expectancy without treatment?

Variable outcomes: It is not entirely clear whether your cancer is truly stage-3A (it means completely resected, no residual cancer left behind). If there is indeed some tumor left behind in the chest wall, then there is high risk of recurrence which will likely cause you problems within 6 to 12 months. This can be controlled with radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. So you should reconsider your decision. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.

Varied Brain sympto: Brain metastases often cause headaches which are persistent and progressive such that you will need medication to relieve it. Other symptoms are nausea and or vomiting, vision changes and sometimes seizures. Paralysis of arms or legs can occur but only rarely. If there is any such concern a Brain MRI is a good test to check your brain. Radiotherapy and steroids are a good treatment (instead of Chemo ...Read more

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I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer. Can I donate platelets?

I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer. Can I donate platelets?

Probably not.: As a general rule, cancer patients are not used as blood donors or blood component donors. Nevertheless, you may check with the blood bank. It looks like you survived your lung cancer but not knowing the initial staging and cell type and not knowing about recent pet scan status makes it uncertain. ...Read more

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Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Unlikely: But get evaluated. Most is spine or musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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What if lung cancer spread to spine?

What if lung cancer spread to spine?

Depends: When cancer spreads to the spine it can weaken the vertebral bodies resulting in compression fractures. Severe fracture may cause impingement of the spinal cord requiring surgery to decompress and sometime stabilize the segment. ...Read more

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Can I have another surgery if my lung cancer comes back?

Can I have another surgery if my lung cancer comes back?

It depends: It depends on multiple factors: the type of surgery you had originally; is it a recurrence of the original cancer; or is it a second lung cancer. The best thing to do is talk to your surgeon, and have your case discussed in a multidisciplinary group with surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists. ...Read more

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I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo. Gl/5mixx
risk decreases with time. Http://goo. Gl/vd4ue. ...Read more

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I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

No: This is overwhelmingly likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are smoking, however, you need to stop. It will do you nothing but harm. See your doctor if you have further concerns or want advice on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Possible: But not likely. Would still suggest that you bring it up at next visit with your PCP. Make sure you are able to characterize your pain and how it relates to different circumstances. Not too late to cut down or quit smoking. ...Read more

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My husband has just been told his lung cancer has come back. Is there a pick me up tablets that I can take to keep my strength up so I can help him.

My husband has just been told his lung cancer has come back. Is there a pick me up tablets that I can take to keep my strength up so I can help him.

Need more: Sorry, no home medication brace yourself, love & support from you and your family is real home remedy, work with your oncologist if needed seek professional help (psychiatrist is needed to cope up in these difficult times). ...Read more

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Dull ache pain on bottom of shoulder blade but internally. Deeper that just bottom of shoulder blade? Lung cancer or what!?

Dull ache pain on bottom of shoulder blade but internally. Deeper that just bottom of shoulder blade? Lung cancer or what!?

Lung cancer unlikely: Lung cancer will be extremely rare in 26 year old female, though not entirely impossible. I suggest you see a doctor in office to get a physical exam and have your shoulder pain evaluated. If persists or disabling, may get an imaging study. ...Read more

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If your small cell lung cancer comes back, how do you treat it a second time?

Depends: This depends on if the cancer came back locally or if it comes back distantly. I would recommend a PET/CT scan to see how much disease is in the body. A Brain MRI is also crucial to make sure there are no brain metastasis. ...Read more

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How does back pain with lung cancer feel?

How does back pain with lung cancer feel?

Like back pain: There may be no pain with lung cancer at all, which is why diagnosis can be delayed.
If there is pain, it may be where a rib, or chest structures are invaded or with spread to bone.
With those situations the pain is at or near that site.
Pain is individualized, graded from 1-10 and is variable. ...Read more

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How are back and shoulder pain related to lung cancer?

Pain and Cancer: Spread of the cancer to the chect wall could certainly be a cause. ...Read more

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Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Possible, but.......: Back pain could be from a cancer (lung or other), but there are many more common, non-cancerous causes to back pain. Best to see your doctor to have your back pain checked out. ...Read more

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What is the location typically of back pain associated with lung cancer?

What is the location typically of back pain associated with lung cancer?

Tough question: Cancer is usually a silent disease. Once the patient perceives pain, it's usually advanced. Lung cancer can spread to many organs including the spine. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Ghulam Abbas
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Lobectomy (Definition)

Lung resection surgery includes partial removal (wedge, segmentectomy, or lobectomy) or whole lung removal (pneumonectomy). Most lung removal, at modern centers, is performed minimally invasive with vats or robotic techniques. In "traditional" centers, lung surgery is more often by ...Read more