ebaley Posted December 23, 2018 Share Posted December 23, 2018 Hello- I have been reading these forums all week and just want to say how wonderful and reassuring it has been. To truly see you are not alone and what a great resource this forum is has been a breath of fresh air. On Tuesday my dad went into his pulmonologist for a routine visit, although for 4-5 days prior he has been experiencing shortness of breath and cough. My dad is overweight but active (hunting,fishing,taxidermy). He did smoke swisher sweet cigars but hasn't in 20 years. For 35 years he worked as an auto body man breathing in all kinds of crap and chemicals as well. After some blood work and a chest xray, he was called back for a CT as they saw something in his left upper lobe. After the CT, we got the news they found a large mass (11 cm x 7 Cm X 3 cm I believe? looking back that appointment is a blur hearing all this news. My wife is a pathologist assistant and compared the size to the body of a rubber ducky). Multiple doctors have stated how it is likely cancer. On Thursday we met with another pulmonologist who would be conducting a bronchoscopy biopsy. This is scheduled for Christmas eve morning. Friday he had a pulmonary function test (which his numbers are better than last year), cardiology appointment, and PET scan. The days prior to the PET scan had been the most horrifying I have yet to experience. At work I was constantly having to run to the bathroom to cry and compose myself. On the PET scan, we were relieved to find the only thing to show "activity" was the mass and 2 lymph nodes "lit up" slightly extremely close to the mass. Nothing else found in either lung or the rest of his body. Although this is horrible news to find the mass, we are relieved it has not spread all over. Another concern however is that the tumor is putting pressure/around the pulmonary artery and likely reducing flow, but they do not think it is "invading" or growing into it. Nothing is for sure though. I am very new to this disease, and have been trying to learn all I can. I am an intensive care burn nurse, but have little dealings with oncology.I know we will need the biopsy results to really know what we are dealing with and stage it. I am just hoping surgery will be an option. While its good it has not spread, is a mass that large operable? We all are eager to get the tests completed so we can start the fight. After the biopsy, we have his follow-up appointment on January 3rd. Thanks for all everyone does on this page and the resources you all make available. Eddie Robert Macaulay and KKielbasa 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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