EileenO Posted May 9, 2018 Share Posted May 9, 2018 Hello, My name is Eileen and I am from Boston, MA. Yesterday I had a lung cancer CT (after putting it off for a year) and later in the day my PC doctor called to tell me that I have a nodule on my left lung that is 8mm and of great concern. I learned that nodules 3mm or less are likely noncancerous while 8mm or more are likely cancerous. My doctor also said that nodules 8mm or more are called masses instead of nodules, so I have a mass on my lung, not just a nodule. 🙁 I also had a bone density test and the results were very good. I am 69yo and an off and on smoker for about 40 years. Aside from a constant nagging cough, I am pretty healthy and do not take any medication regularly except for OTC medicine like vitamins, calcium and cold remedies when needed. I have an appointment with the pulmonary doctor on Tuesday of next week to go over the CT results and determine next steps. They wanted me to come in this week but I am not ready and first need time to absorb all of this. I am a single parent (husband died many years ago) with two grown sons and 4 grandsons that I love very much! I am struggling with how to tell my sons about this. My grandsons are 14, 12, 10 and 8 and will leave whether or not to tell them to their parents. My grandchildren recently lost both of their maternal grandparents and I am the only GP they have today, we are very close and this news could devastate them! All 4 grandkids are from my oldest son and daughter-in-law , my youngest son does not yet have any children, at least that we know of! I have so many questions for this group and am looking for support from others facing the same situation. I may be jumping to conclusions here but honestly think that I do have lung cancer. How did others tell their loved ones about this and how much should they be involved before the diagnosis? Are there others that had a 8mm mass that turned out to be non cancerous and how many others were cancerous? What treatment have others received and how effective was it? I have read that those with a 8mm mass that was cancerous were given 5 years of life expectancy. Is this true? I am retired from a national non-profit where I was the Director of Community Outreach and Public Relations. While I have been in the public most of my adult life, I am a very private person and seldom share my private life with anyone outside my family. This situation scares the crap out of me and I need to share it with those that understand and can offer the support that I need. Anything you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Eileen Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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