- August 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Well, sad to say, that the only treatment for hilar node metastases is pneumonectomy(as far as I know). If you look through my patnet, you will see that I went through a lot to keep that lung, but to no avail. Unfortunately IPI was not available at that time. I definitely would have gone for that. That said, if he has more than just a hilar node metastasis, probably better off trying systemic therapy. My philosophy has always been to get rid of melanoma to minimize metastasis. At first, living with one lung was a tough deal (for about a year), I hardly even notice now and I am still alive. My Doctor was Raja Flores at MSKCC, I investigated cyberknife to see if that might work, but he explained to me that if I did that, it might weaken the vessels in that area, and make the lung unresectable if that were the case. I would be happy to correspond with you if you have any further questions.