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Hi All –

Thank you so much for the forum.

A brief introduction – my name is Kevin, I live in Falls Church, VA – very near Washington DC. 47 years old and have smoked for about 30 years –

I had a mass discovered in my upper left lung back in April. I had been hospitalized for a car accident and it was recommended that I follow-up with my doc when I got stable and returned home. Unfortunately, I got MRSA pneumonia while in that hospital – my other lung filled with fluid, collapsed and I was hospitalized again for a month.

Seems they never checked my left lung while I was in the second hospital – so – since then I have had many X-rays. MRI, CAT and PET scans. They have found nothing.

Last Friday I had a broncoscopy – doc called last night – found it inconclusive. Now I have a needle biopsy scheduled. Doc seems to think it is cancer – they have more or less suggested that all along. I guess if the biopsy is negative they just go in there and cut it out.

Well – ain’t that just dandy. I must admit I am scared, and getting more so with each test they take. Honestly – I am a recovering alcoholic so I understand all too well the importance of a support group. First step was to find this group and let folks know what is going on with me. I am hopping for the best, but planning for the worse.

I have more hope since I found your group - Bless you all – I will keep reading and posting -

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Hi Kevin,

Welcome and hope the board is useful to you. I went through the same wait for diagnosis, although I thought the worse so I know what it feels like.

I hope your situation turns out to be something less difficult than cancer, but we'll all be here to offer support.

Best wishes.


P.S. The fear, anger and sadness goes away - then you start fighting and in a way appreciate every dood day/thing so much!

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Sorry you had to find us, Kevin, but welcome. I understand how frustrating it is waiting for a definitive diagnosis, but try not to get too worked up until you know for sure what you're dealing with. In the meantime, we're here to support you in any way we can. Good luck with the tests and keep us posted.


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Until you get a biopsy report indicating that it is cancer, you won't know for sure. It may be cancer, but then again it may be something else. No matter what it is there is treatment. Always consider getting a second opinion before taking any treatment. Let us know when you get some results back. You will find an abundance of support and all the info we can give you. I know it is difficult, but try not to get too stressed out over anything. Stress itself is counterproductive to healing. Keep us posted.

Stay positive, :lol:


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Welcome to a wonderful group of helpful and caring folks Kevin. By the time I finally got the diagnosis of cancer I had heard the word inconclusive so many times I wanted to scream. X-rays were read by two doctors and a radiologist specialist and deemed inconclusive by all three followed by a CT scan, PET scan and the first biopsy which were all inconclusive. Hang in there and keep a positive attitude and ask all the questions you want because someone in here has probably already experienced what you are going through.

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Hi Kevin,

Welcome here. There have been so many people in your situation who found out their tumor was benign. It is very possible and if is then you still will have to have it cut out, but it is not cancer you will not have to worry about any treatment afterwards and that will be that. You would be so fortunate!

I know how scared you are as we have all walked in your shoes be it the victim or a caretaker.

Let's wait and see what the outcome is. If you had that many tests and it did not show anything, then it could possibly not be LC.

Please know that we are here for you. Also, LC is NOT a death sentence. So many of our members have been given a few months and years later they are doing fine. There are so many different treatments now of days, so much more than in the past.

Keep us posted and I will put you in my prayers for good results.

Maryanne :wink:

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Hello Kevin and welcome

I am sorry you had a reason to find a site such as this but very glad you posted.

It sounds as if you have been through enough already with the events that lead up to this point. I sincerely hope the tests come back clear.

Feel free to lean on us. There is always someone around that will be here to offer you advice, support and hope. Even if you just need an ear or a shoulder, just let us know.

My best to you


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