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Mike Radcliffe
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Question about cancer reocurrence Reply with quote

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My x father in law had lung cancer 3 years ago and had his lung
removed. He has been cancer free since that time.

The bad thing is, he is smoking again.

What are the chances of this reocurring? I remember they said the
cancer was in 6 of 9 lymph nodes when they took his lung out.

The chances of recurrence without smoking are fair. With smoking, almost

inevitable.
MIKE
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Jeff
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Question about cancer reocurrence Reply with quote

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My x father in law had lung cancer 3 years ago and had his lung
removed. He has been cancer free since that time.

The bad thing is, he is smoking again.

What are the chances of this reocurring? I remember they said the
cancer was in 6 of 9 lymph nodes when they took his lung out.

It is hard to tell. There are different types of lung cancer and different
subtypes. The doctor would be the best person to ask, but being your
x-father-in-law, this seems unlikely. My guess would be that if the cancer
spread past the lymph nodes, you would know it by know. So, he probably beat
that cancer.

Of course, there is a strong history of lung cancer in his family and he has
a good chance at a new cancer in the remaining lung, which is getting twice
the smoke. However, he is also worsening his lung function with every puff,
so he may die from emphysema before a new cancer gets him.

Either way, he should stop smoking. But, apparently, you can't tell him
that.

Jeff

PS, I keep reading in obituaries about people who had a courageous battle
with cancer. What is it going to say in his: "He had a cowardly battle with
tobacco, and tobacco won?"
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 12:01 pm    Post subject: Question about cancer reocurrence Reply with quote

My x father in law had lung cancer 3 years ago and had his lung
removed. He has been cancer free since that time.

The bad thing is, he is smoking again.

What are the chances of this reocurring? I remember they said the
cancer was in 6 of 9 lymph nodes when they took his lung out.
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