Mouse5 Posted September 15, 2010 Share Posted September 15, 2010 Hi. My Dad just had a Bronchoscopy today. The doctor who did it said it is cancer, but we won't know what type of lung cancer or what stage until the biopsy is complete. He is having a PET scan on Friday. We met with a pulmonologist last week who ordered the scope and scan. Dad went to the ER in January because he was having trouble breathing. After a CAT scan, they said he had a blood clot in each lung. Never found a cause for the clots. After 1 week in the hospital on Coumadin, they sent him home. All was great until this summer. Dad coughed up a little muscus with a tiny bit of blood in it. It happened twice in a week. He had a little trouble breathing and went to the ER. The doctor said his coughing up blood was from his Coumadin and that it was normal. After his breathing was fine, they sent him home. I told my parents that coughing up blood isn't normal under any circumstances, and told them to get him checked out. They are older and trusted the doctors even though I asked them to get a third opinion. A few weeks later, he began to cough up blood again, more and more often. His family doctor sent him for a CAT scan on August 27th and said "It could be cancer." I got a copy of the scan and had a friend, who is a radiologist, read it. He said it's cancer. He has a mass in his lower lung on one side that is under one inch and a mass in the other lung in the upper lobe. This mass is just over one inch and is squeezing the blood vessel right at his airway. This is the cause of the blood in the mucus. On September 9th we met the pulmonologist and went over his CAT scan from January and the newest one. He said it was cancer, but we wouldn't know what type or stage until he has his scope and PET scan. Dad has enlarged lymph nodes which could be from an illness he had years ago that left calcium in the nodes, or something like that. We'll meet with the pulmonologist on Sept. 21st to go over the biopsy and PET scan results. I did a lot of research before we met with Dad's pulmonologist and knew what tests, etc. he would probably order. I understood most of the what was talked about at this appointment. I had a ton of questions and the doctor answered them all. The doctor and I didn most of the talking while my parents sat and listened. I have been trying to prepare for questions to ask when we find out what type of LC and the stage and where we go from there, but I am overwhelmed and have no idea where to begin. Mostly because it depends on if it's SCLC or NSLC or ift's in the lymph nodes, where it's at,etc. I would be so grateful for any questions you think we need to ask when we find out what we are dealing with. From his stay in the hospital in January, we know he has a strong, good heart and the doc today said other than the two masses, his lungs look great. He is active and is just a positive person. I pray that all of these help with the fight he has ahead of him. Thank you so much for any advice! Lisa Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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