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I'm 56 and was a longtime smoker that was screened every year for lung cancer (my mother died at 54 of adenocarcinoma) In 2018, a nodule was found on the right lungs lower lobe adjacent to the major fissure. At that time, it measured 8x5 mm and after a PET scan showed no uptake, I was told we'd watch and wait. In October 2019, another CT scan was done-now the nodule was 12x8. Because of its location, my pulmonologist sent me to see a thoracic surgeon-who removed my right lungs lower lobe. my lung collapsed a few days later and after three blood patches failed, he went back in and did a wedge resection on my *middle* lobe. Finally he did a pleurodesis which did the trick Now the fun part: Pathology couldn't find the nodule that started all this-but they found a level seven lymph node that had a carncinoma (unknown type); two level 11 nodes were clean. On Friday, I had a pet scan to see if the primary tumour was from other than my lung (I've had a colonoscopy and endoscopy-other than a 4mm polyp, all came back good) I'm treading on eggshells right now, My question: how in hell can you * not* find a nodule? BTW, other than pain from the surgical site, I feel pretty good-even with a nice bit of my right lung removed
Hello everyone I am a new member and I have to thank my darling wife for finding this site. She is my rock!!! Since October of 2016 I have been backwards and forwards to the hospital with recurring abdominal pains, bloating, nausea and vomiting. I have lost count of the MRI's, CAT scans and x-rays that I have been through. The majority of ER docs have gone down the road of diverticulosis and have viewed the scans with concentration on the GI track. They keep me in hospital for a couple of days, feed me drugs via IV then send me home. A few days or weeks later I'm back again with the same symptoms!! Nobody seemed to know exactly what was going on. Early August I was back again and was lucky enough to have a gastroenterologist on duty in the ER. He ordered yet another MRI, endoscopy, colonoscopy and barium swallow. Apart from removing a couple of polyps during colonoscopy he found nothing! Mid August I was back again and yet another MRI. I thank the good Lord that this particular ER doc did not just concentrate on the GI track but went above and beyond to study the whole picture. Then it came, "I'm sorry to tell you Sir, but we've found a mass on your left lung." I went cold and couldn't think of a thing to say. All I could think of was how the heck do I break this to my dearest wife? Ultimately there was only one way, direct and straightforward and draw our battle plans! The next step was a needle guided biopsy. I was informed that the results would be back in 48 hours. Two days later I was informed that the local path lab could not be certain and had sent the specimen to a more specialized lab and this would take a further 5 days! I guess I don't have to tell the majority of you guys that the wait is horrendous! Eventually the report came back and I took it to my Primary Doc for translation. After all the waiting I braced myself for the worst but no, here we go again!!! It turns out that the lab did not receive enough tissue for complete analysis!!!!!! But hey, I am blessed with having an absolutely wonderful primary and he immediately referred me to an oncologist and a PET scan. I waited a week for the PET scan which was 2 days ago and now have to wait until Monday for the oncologist appointment. My wife is a little nervous that this doc is not board certified but at least we are hoping for some definitive answers. If it turns out that we get the worst news then my wife insists that we find a board certified oncologist. Any thoughts on this??????? Thanks in advance for listening and we'll post developments as they occur.
My name is Eric. I'm 44, quit smoking about 16-months ago right about the same time I started having chest pains from GERD. I calculate I have about 30-pack-years. I get my healthcare from the VA. This last week I've had the flu with a post nasal drip and coughing. I also have panic disorder and often overreact to the smallest of symptoms and go to the ER to check out my heart and get an EKG. I'm always Okay. Yesterday, I went to get myself checked. My heart is all good. They did a chest x-ray to look for other causes of the chest pain, which I'm certain was sore muscles from all the coughing and sneezing. The doctor told me that they found multiple items in my lungs that could be scar tissue from a previous infection. He also said that a previous X-Ray taken in August showed nothing. My brain went straight to lung cancer. He said it's usually nothing, but to have my primary doctor follow up with an X-Ray in a few months just to make sure it's nothing bad. I pressed him for chances asking "better than 90% I've got nothing to worry about?". He readily agreed with that percentage. When I left I read the paperwork and it said "Solitary Pulmonary Node" and nothing else. So I've been Googling all of that, going from one terrifying piece of information to the next, looking for hope that maybe the X-Ray just picked up phlegm. It's like everything I read tells me I have a 50% chance of being dead in 5-years. I know that's not true, but still, I hate WebMD and all of its cousins. I looked at some of the other threads before introducing myself. I know a lot of people here are in far worse places than I am. I think the problem I have is that I'm so afraid to die of something like cancer or heart disease because it would mean leaving my wife behind. She was disabled when we were newly-weds and hasn't worked in 20-years. I've always taken care of her. We have no kids or other family to help, just some friends who would give it the old college try. I don't even know if she could collect my social security benefits. I'll hit up my VA team on Monday and see what happens. I'll update with what I find out. If it all does turn out to be nothing, I'll stick around anyways.