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My Dad and I just got home from his appointment with a pulmonary specialist. I logged on to the site.........I can't believe the number of respones that my earlier post got. To all who offered prayers and support.......THANK YOU!!! I have told no one about my Dad yet. He is divorced from my Mom and I am there only child. That means that I have to handle all of the Dr. appointments, etc. by myself. (Well, actually, I have my husband, but he has to work) It is a great comfort just to feel your support, eventhough we have never met!

O.K.......about the appointment.....pulmonary Dr. would not say much. ......only that we needed to do a biopsy to get a definate diagnosis. The CT scan looks realy bad though!!! It shows a 4 x 6 x 7 cm pulmonary mass that includes contiguous left hilar lymphadenopathy. It effaces the aortic knob. It effaces and has partially encased the left main pulmonary artery with partial occlusion of the upper lobe branch. Mediastinal lymphadenopathy at the aortico-pulmonary window. Some obstructive pneumonia. Bilobular left adrenal nodule 3cm suspicious for metastatic disease.

Good grief.....that is a lot of medical terminology!! The fact that it effaces the aortic knob, that it is encasing the main pulmonary artery and appears to be metastatic, is extremely scary!!! Does anyone here have anything like that??

I guess I need to settle down, huh? With God's help, I will just have to be patient. He is getting a bronchoscopy(biopsy) done on Monday. Then next Thursday he will go to the pulmonary Dr. at 1:00 then the hemotologist/oncologist at 3:30 the same day. Please pray for us next Thursday. Pray for strength and peace for us! All of you here are in my prayers!! Thanks for your support!!

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Hey Angie! Slow down. Don't jump ahead too far. I know there are people here that have experienced this kind of stuff before. It may not be operable, being so close to the aorta, but I know chemo treatments and other procedures these days are working wonders.

Gather as much info as you can from these guys, and then take it one day at a time. This is not the end, only the beginning. You and your dad are in my prayers. Take care,

David P.

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David is right, take it one day at a time. The tumor that I had was around the Pulmonary Artery and was 17cm. If they shrink it with chemo and radiation, your dad may be operable. Please, just take one day at a time and we will go from there. We are here for you. Let us know what is going on and we can continue to share our experieces with you. I have you and your dad in my prayers everyday. Don't worry, we are here for you and we'll get through this together...

God Bless and hugs


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I will echo what Karen said.

Slow down. Take it one day at a time.

Know that you're both in our thoughts and prayers here.

Many folks here have dealt with variations on what your dad has,

so do not worry yourself needlessly.

Waiting is difficult, I know from experience.

Remember we care about you and your dad.



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