Linking you to resources and support in the lung cancer community!
Each week, LCA fields hundreds of calls and e-mails from people who need information about lung cancer prevention, risk, early detection, treatment, and survivorship. This is a summary of the information provided in one of those calls.
A woman whose brother was diagnosed with stage IA lung cancer called the LCA Information Line. She had questions about how to find a surgeon who could help her brother. He went into surgery but the cardiac surgeon said he wasn’t able to remove the cancer because there was too much scar tissue from a prior heart procedure. His treatment team recommended chemo and radiation instead.
The caller asked all the right questions. She wondered if a cardiac surgeon was the right professional to do the surgery. She knows someone who is a thoracic surgeon in a city two hours from where her brother lives who feels confident he can remove the tumor. She trusts him but wanted to know more information about lung cancer surgery and how to check the accreditation of a surgeon.
Finding lung cancer early is so important. It is equally critical to find a surgeon who understands the disease and does a lot of lung cancer surgeries. But what should you know?
Discussing her brother’s case and the best way to find an experienced and confident surgeon made the caller feel it was worth getting a second opinion from the general thoracic surgeon.
LCA is here to help! Call our toll-free information line at 1 (800) 298-2436.
From Maureen, TeamLCA