jim1013 Posted December 21, 2011 Share Posted December 21, 2011 My best friend (60 yo male) was recently just diagnosed with NSLC adenocarcinoma and it really came out of the blue as I know some of you know. I really want to help him, but I also need advice on how to proceed. He got a PET Scan from 1st doctor revealing the cancer had not spread, tumor is in tough spot, well differentiated, and considered stage 2. They tested fluid in the lung (about 1 liter) which came back negative for cancer. 2nd opinion was earlier this week where this doctor was not so optimistic. He said this kind of fluid is "almost always" malignant and is considering my friend's cancer stage 4 "until further tests prove otherwise". Needless to say, this really upset my friend. I guess my question is how accurate is thoracentesis/cytology exams (where they test pleural fluid in lung) and what should we do now? My friend needs support right now and I really want to help him get through this. Surely this test must be accurate sometimes or they wouldn't do the tests on patients. Has anyone had experience with this? I think he is going to go for a repeat test of the fluid and possibly a biopsy. Thanks so much for any advice you might be able to share. -Jim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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