MrsEmondSr Posted May 30, 2019 Share Posted May 30, 2019 My name is Marie, and I am going through a very slow process to determine if the mass found in my lung is or isn't cancerous. It is very frustrating and scary. I have lost 3 siblings to cancer, 1 of which was lung cancer. My problem is I was at my home in NC spending time with the grandchildren, and ended up in the ER in January for what I thought was a heart attack, they did a CT scan and said they found a lesion in my right upper lobe and to have my family doc follow thru with it. Now, my insurance is based in Canada (my husband is RCAF and they're allowed to remain in military until age 60) but the doctors there, refused to accept the CT scan from the US and scheduled me for another one a month later. This scan showed a slight increase in size and they brushed it off as the people in the US don't know how to measure in CM's. Needless to say the doctor I went to insulted me with her attitude towards the US and lack of concern despite me telling her of familial history. I lashed out and she promptly referred me to a pulmonologist / oncologist here in Quebec. He sent me for a PET scan, which I had done 2 weeks ago tomorrow. And the girl running the scan said the Dr who reads the reports wanted me to rescan after an hour to see if the areas that lit up in the scan dissipated from the radioactive material. One of those area's being my right lung. My first question is, is this common to rescan an hour after the first one? And my second question may seem a bit strange, but has anyone encountered a headache that won't be relieved with medication after the scan? I've had a headache for 2 weeks now with little to no relief from Tylenol, Motrin or even Tylenol 3 which they gave me when I went into emergency room last weekend. I have reached out to the doc who ordered the scan and I am to see him Monday (3rd June) and hopefully get some answers. My 2nd question is, being I have siblings who have died from cancer (1 of which was lung cancer) how much do medical professionals feel this affects the likelihood of my scans coming back positive? I have so many more questions, but now that I sit at the computer I cannot remember them. I can tell you I am a very scared individual with minimal support which is why I am reaching out to this group. My husband (God love him) he is a wonderful man, but due to the way he was raised he feels if he blocks it out it won't be real. And while his hugs are a little tighter right now, he can't bring himself to have a conversation with me about what I am going through. And our children (both adults in their 30's) we haven't told them yet as we want to know for sure what it is or isn't before we worry them. Thank you all in advance. Marie E. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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