Lung surgery recovery

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Hello all! I'm new here and writing on behalf of my mother who is not fluent in English.

She has been diagnosed with early stages of lung cancer and has been offered surgery as the most relevant treatment, although radiation has also been mentioned to her.

She is so terrified of the recovery process of the surgery that although all doctors recommend it, she insists on checking the radiation route.

I'm here to try and get a better insight into what the recovery from surgery looks like, how does it feel and how long it takes, to try and give her a rather realistic view of what to expect.

If you or a loved one have gone through lung surgery recovery, I'd be extremely grateful if you could share your experience with me so i can relay the information to her and help her make the best decision for her.

Thank you all so much in advance! 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    I'm sorry to read that your mum has been diagnosed with lung cancer and it's natural that she's apprehensive about the upcoming surgery.

    As the online community is divided up into different support groups, I'm going to suggest that you join the friendly and informative lung cancer group where I'm sure the other members will be happy to share their experiences with you.

    To join just click on the link I've created which will take you directly to the group. You can then join and start a new post in the same way as you did here and join in with existing conversations by clicking on 'reply'.

    It would be great if you could pop something about your mum's diagnosis and treatment so far into your profile as it really helps others when replying to you and also when looking for someone on a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.


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  • Laura, I know this is 3 months since your original question and I hope that your Mother is doing well with her treatment.

    I was diagnosed with secondary lung cancer in December 2021 and was told it was to small to treat, I eventually had surgery at QEHB in August 2022 where they removed 2 tumors  and I was out of hospital after 2 days without any issues, I did have to go back in January 2023 for an ablation on the last one as surgery was not an option with that one and again without any issues. I will be starting Chemotherapy as a delaying tactic against further problems. My advice is stay positive and try to be as healthy as possible, know what scans are due and make sure that they happen.