luvmydad Posted October 3, 2007 Share Posted October 3, 2007 First, I just wanted to say thanks to all for their prayers. We felt them like angels wings wrapped around us as we sat in the hospital yesterday. Second, I must say I am even more confused now, than I was before yesterday. (if thats even possible) From the beginning. Dad started to notice blood when he coughed in the mornings when he came back from vacation this June. He went to the doctor for a physical at the end of July. (Mad at him because he didn't go sooner, but he didn't tell me anything until Sept.) The doctor did a chest x-ray and found absolutely nothing. Dad had to ask to take it another step. A CT scan was ordered the first of Aug. Came back and showed two areas that were suspcious for cancer in his right lung. Dad went back to doctor and was told, "Sorry, you have lung cancer. Here is a name of a cancer doctor." Went to her, and was told that she was 90% sure he had lc and that there is only a 15% chance of living a year. Surgery is not an option...too risky. She ordered a PET scan. This confirmed the 2 areas that were on the CT. (I don't have the paper with the exact size of the areas, but approx. 3cm x 3.4cm, and 2.5cm x 3cm. The PET scan also showed a shadowing over a lymph node. All this is contained to the right lung. PET scan showed nothing anywhere else. Dad was sent to a radiologist. First nice person he came in contact with. Said that cancer cannot be confirmed without a biopsy. Yesterday, he had the biopsy. The doctor showed us the films of his lungs as they did the procedure. The first area they came to all the lung tissue they tested showed no signs of cancer cells. They went on down to the next area and again, all the tissue they tested was negative for cancer cells. He said he got samples of both areas and that the second area was really hard and hard to get samples from. These samples will be sent to pathology and we will know the results in a week. Doc said that if these samples came back negative, then they would have to do a needle biopsy thru the side of the lung. (Dad turned white as a sheet when he heard that one!!!) Other than suspicious for cancer areas coming back on CT & PET we have not had a positive dx yet. However; this morning he is at the radiologist office to schedule his treatements??? I am confused. Does he have cancer or not? Kept asking the Doc questions yesterday, and the only answers I got was ...We will talk about that when we get to it. Dad wants a second opinion at John Hopkins in Maryland, but they won't schedule an appointment without a positive dx for lc. My problem with all this is the amount of time it is taking to get answers. Seems awful drawn out to me. While we were relieved that they didn't find anything yesterday, we still don't know where we stand. Dad is being so strong and so brave. Poor nurses yesterday were probably glad to see him leave with all the flirting he was doing. Any insight would be appreciated. Teresa Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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