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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:00 am 
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Okay folks, I've checked the Medical Dictionaries and the Standard English Dictionary and our very own Glossary and haven't found the definition of "Infrahilar". I've found it being used but not defined.

I found out yesterday that there is some..."interval decrease in size of infrahilar right lung mass and right side pleural effusion. .."

I'm told that this is good news but it would probably be even better if I actually knew what it is.

Any help??

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11/29/07 Indications stable - No increase in size.
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Infra means below.

The hilar (hilum) is the area in the lung above the heart.

So it means in the area below the hilum.

It is describing the location of the lung mass

The good news is that there is a decrease in size of the tumor.

If you have any questions I would ask the Dr.

Glad to hear there was good news.

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 Post subject: What is infrahilar?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:34 pm 
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Infrahilar just means below the hilum, which is the part of the lung toward the middle of the chest. Basically the lower middle portion of the lung. Now you know where your tumor shrinkage is. Congrats. Response anywhere is a good thing.

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Thank you for the replies. I tried to do it earlier but probably had one of my "Chemo Moments" and must have deleted the note.

Or possibly forgot altogether.

John

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50 year smoker (now reformed)
Wife- Marilyn, (nickname Mabel), married 45 years +
4 Children, 8 Grandchildren, 1 Great-grandchild
6/26/03 SVC symptoms
DX as SCLC w/ Inop tumor (approx size of a cigarette pack)
Completed tumor radiation 8/19/03
Completed Chemo 10/31/03
Completed PCI 12/21/03
All follow-up CT's, X-ray's , etc have been progressively improving. Currently no evidence of cancer.
January, '07 - Still have low energy level and still take Epogen for blood count. Back up over 170#.
March '07 Epogen discontinued due to Government tinkering with private medicine. Wonder what's next.
June 7,'07 CAT scan shows new activity in chest area. Started taking Gemzar and Doxcil.
June 13, '07 back into treatment with Carboplatin and CPT-11, after a misfire with Doxcil and Gemzar.
September 5, 2007. No improvement. Switched from CPT-11 & Carboplatin to Taxol & Carboplatin.
October 31, 2007 . Improved but then more progression, switched to Carbplatin & Abraxane instead of Taxol.
11/20/07 Had a bladder infection which cleared up but urinary tract pain didn't. Added Celebrex to my prescriptions and it relieves the pain.
11/29/07 Indications stable - No increase in size.
2/27/08 Allergic Reaction to Carbo. Wait and see.
Reduced schedule for chemo/blood to 1X month.
6/20/08 Added Avastin to Carboplatin and Abraxane.
6/26/08 Summer train wreck began. Pneumonia followed by port faiure, followed by TIA, followed by bacterial blood infection.
10/28/08 Doing much better. Currently on Gemzar, Avastin & Celebrex.


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