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GREAT NEWS!!! I saw my oncologist today and the final pathology report shows no signs of cancer. It is a HUGE relief to know that the cancer had not recurred. They said they need to watch me closely and are going to repeat the PET and CT scans in 8 weeks.

BUT, evidently, I have some kind of lung inflammation they are very concerned about. I was referred to see a pulmonary specialist at Karmanos this Monday. The report did show that it is not TB or fungal infection. Hopefully he can figure out what is going on. From the labs they did yesterday it looks like they are checking for sarcoidosis.

So at the end of the day, I am SO thankful there is no recurrence, but left with another wait and see. One of the docs called me today to see how I am doing and made it crystal clear that my lungs are a bit of a mess. The radiologist went as far as to say that my lungs look like that of a coal miner. Though I never smoked, I had 2nd hand exposure all my childhood and have had toxic exposure to silicone and asbestos.

We'll see what Monday's appointment brings.

Thanks for all your support.

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your good wishes. I saw a pulmonologist at Karmanos today. He is scheduling me for a bronchoscopy with biopsy and lavage (saline wash) on Wednesday. He wants to be SURE there is NO infection or cancer recurrence. He gave his reasons and they are valid. He said that the needle biopsy only gets minute pieces of tissue. He said the tissue they got and was benign could have been from the core of the nodule and that if is possible the surrounding part of the nodule could still be malignant. He wants to be certain. If everything comes out benign with this, then we wait and see what the scans in mid May show and go from there.

Wishing you all a GREAT evening!

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