Thanks, Bill. I've gotten a fairly good idea about the hoops to go through before going for a new medical exam (and the need to avoid a rejection to fly LSA), but my uncertainty comes from #1, above, i.e. that my medical certificate is no longer valid. Cancer (of any kind) is not one of the 15 or 16 conditions listed that require immediate self grounding. I don't have a condition that renders me unable to perform the duties required to exercise the priveleges, blah,blah...., and I don't know that I have a condition that would prevent me from meeting the requirements to pass a medical exam.
I realize that it's the last statement that's the sticky one. In the absence of metastatic disease pilots are able to pass the medical exam. As far as I'm concerned, the cancer is gone and I have no metastatic disease. Sure, I [b]might[/b] have mets, but I might also have diabetes or kidney stones that I don't know about at this point, but I don't have to prove it during the valid time period of my current medical. I will at the next exam, but I'm OK to fly in the meantime as long as I don't "know or have reason to know" of those conditions.Here's the clip from the AOPA site:
A: "Although not one of the specifically disqualifying medical conditions reference in Part 67 of the FARs, a report of prostate cancer on the medical application will require additional documentation before the aviation medical examiner can issue a certificate. At the time of the FAA examination, you will need all medical records pertaining to the treatment of the malignancy. This includes admission history and physical reports, surgical reports, pathology reports, discharge summary, and a current, detailed status report from your treating physician. If the records show no evidence of matastasis (spread) of the tumor to other organs, completion of all treatment with no adverse side effects, and a favorable prognosis, the AME, with the approval of the Regional Flight Surgeon or the FAA in Oklahoma City, may issue a medical certificate at the time of examination. Our medical certification has a ."
Doesn't that make it sound as if you're OK to fly between exams, unless you know you have metastatic disease?