Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Tumor spread. Cancers can spread to different areas in the body. It is not uncommon for lung cancer to spread beyond the lung to other areas such as the liver and bone. If you have a known lung cancer and an abnormality in the liver it may be spread of the lung cancer. Certain tests like an MRI may be helpful to see if it is an often seen benign lesion (hemangioma). If it can't you may need a biopsy.
Check for metastasis. Cancer spreads to other organs. If you have a mass in your liver, it needs to checked for metastatic lung cancer or a new tumor.

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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist. Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. Read more...
Lung cancer. 1. If there are multiple spots in brain, whole brain radiation 2. If solitary lesion, surgical resection or cyberknife.3 need staging pet scan for rest of body 4.With brain mets expected average survival is 6-9 months.5. The tumor subtype and molecular profile can help tailor systemic therapy. Read more...

How long does it take someone to recover from lung cancer surgery and bio-lung insertion?

Ask your doctor. What you are asking about, specifically bio lung insertion, is not common medical practice. This must be part of an investigational research. Extensive disclosure is common in these situations. If you are having difficulties communicating with your doctor, a research coordinator should be available to you. Read more...
Not sure about. Not sure about bio-lung insertion, but lung cancer surgery depends on approach (vats quicker than thoracotomy) and how much lung (wedge quicker than lobectomy, which is quicker than pneumonectomy) ... Read more...

Please dr. Does the lymph nodes swell after lung cancer surgery (stage 2 of non small cell)?

They might. They might swell after surgery or they may have been swollen before the surgery. Do you mean the chest lymph nodes or any superficial ones? They may also swell with infection. Make sure you mention this to your doctor! Read more...
Depends. Lymph nodes after surgery can be inflamed or reactive in a benign process. Read more...

Can scare tissue develop and cause tenderness at lung cancer surgery site two years after surgery?

No. It would be unusual for the scar tissue to cause NEW onset pain. If you had the pain ever since the surgery, that is normal. But if it has just suddenly occurred out of the blue, without a direct injury to that area, then you need to go have it checked out by your doc. . Read more...
Yes. When lung cancers are treated surgically, the tumoris removed by a thoracotomy. The incision made between the ribs can injure the intercostal nerve and as a result a neuroma can form which can rmain tender for a long period of time. Read more...
No and yes. The scar tissue can cause pain years later, but didn't just develop, its been there all along..why no pain before? Nobody knows. It's also possible that the pain is from something else, such as a muscle spasm. If its severe, or unrelenting, you can always contact your thoracic surgeon and get it checked out. Hope this helps! Read more...
Unlikely. Although scar tissue can sometimes cause pain while it is forming, it is extremely unlikely to happen after two years, since it contains no nerve endings or pain receptors. Read more...

What is best treatment option for lung cancer...Surgery, targeted drugs or cehmo/radiation and why?

Staging. Treatment of lung cancer depends on the staging. Oncologist will decide what kind of treatment is necessary. Read more...
Sometimes only one. Sometimes all 3, but lung cancer is really several diseases depending upon the stage, and the type of cancer. The treatment tool box differs for each stage. So one of the most important pieces of information is accurately knowing the stage. A common error is misuse of the pet scan (a very useful test in general) as a substitute for biopsy, as opposed to a road MAP to knowing what to biopsy. Read more...
Personalized therapy. Will require more than 400 words to explain. Tx for lung ca is personalized, -individualized . To formulate plan - will need to know the type of lung cancer, the stage , the mollecular profiles /biology of the cancer cells, other prognostic factors , and other factors including age, overall medical condition, preferences etc. No one glove fits all. Please discuss with your oncologist. Read more...
Depends. Most important question is type (histology) of lung cancer: non-small cell vs small cell. Small cell is usually widespread and not amenable to surgery. Most common lung cancer is non-small cell. This almost always requires surgery for cure. Radiation, chemotherapy and/or biologic (targeted) treatments may be used in addition to surgery or by themselves if surgery is not possible, or if metastatic. Read more...
Depends on stage. In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfront therapy for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. Any of the chemotherapy options may be "targeted" as part of a clinical trial. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. Read more...
Multidisciplinary. Standard of care for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. Treatment is best by multidisciplinary and individualized with a targeted approach. The patient's overall health/fitness, tumor type, and molecular/genetic specifics should be considered to formulate best approach. Read more...

What can I do to control my pain after lung cancer surgery?

Many things. We have many medicines and approaches to managing pain. The best approach for you will depend on the type of pain you have and its severity. There is no "one size fits all" approach to pain management. You need to discuss the type of pain and severity of it with your physician. Read more...
Be active. The most important thing you can do is to be as active as you can! use the little breathing exercise tool (voldyne) they gave as often as you can, take your pain medicine as prescribed and be active. You should feel much better after a couple weeks and fully recovered after 4-6 weeks. If you are still having pain beyond that, you need to see your doctor to determine if there is something wrong! Read more...

What is the rate of recurrence after successful lung cancer surgery?

Depends on stage. Recurrence rates are dependent on the stage of lung cancer that a patient is having surgery for. Stage i lung cancer has low recurrence rates, stage ii less than iii and iii the highest. Most recurrences happen in the first 3 years after surgery. Therefore a patient should be in a radiographic surveillance program after surgery. A tumor found after 5 years is probably a brand new lung cancer. Read more...
Too high. For comfort! rates apply to groups. Even 1 node positive drops the cure rate below 50-60%. The finer you select for smaller lesions and squamous histology, the rate may be as high as 80%. We have worked to select the best treatment and better treatment ffor years, but the ace of progress is slow. This is why we urge never starting to smoke, and stopping now if you do. Read more...

Is it a bad idea for me to put off my lung cancer surgery for 6 weeks?

Depends on the stage. Earlier lung cancers that don't require concurrent chemotherap and/or radiotherapy, 6 weeks is ok. Though you would not want to wait 3 months or more. More advanced stages of lung cancer that require chemotherapy and/or radiation, often it is a good idea to move along with therapy. Read more...
Does it make... The difference between cure and failure to wait 6 weeks? Probably no. Cn the confined to cancer spread to nodes or somewhere else, perhaps. Fear of the procedure, surviving it, and desire to do something fun can fuel this idea. Is it yours, your partner's, your kids, friends? Lung cancer is not a gentle or considerate monster. Have a great reason for delay or get it over. Read more...

Does lung cancer surgery stimulate the remaining cancer cells to grow faster?

No. The purpose of th surgery is to remove all the cancer. The myth that "the air causes it to grow" is false. The truth is cancer cells grow very well with or without surgery if they are hiding in nodes or far off places. This the proof that additional chemotherapy works in more advanced stage, and perhaps of some help in stage ii (+hilar nodes). Read more...
No. Unfortunately, there is a mistaken belief that surgery actually causes lung cancer to grow. This "old wives tale" has scared patients from getting early treatment. Please, if you are lucky enough to have your lung cancer discovered early and are a surgical candidate then have your surgery. Surgery will not cause your lung cancer to grow faster. Read more...