littlemissbags55 Posted August 12, 2020 Share Posted August 12, 2020 Hi everyone, Just to quickly summarize, I posted awhile ago about my mother (63 yrs old now) who had a Ct scan while she was in the hospital for an upper respiratory infection dec 2018. On the ct scan a 12mm x 15 mm lung part solid, ground glass nodule was found in her upper left lobe along with smaller nodules surrounding it which have remained unchanged. The hospital sent her home to follow up with a pulmonologist in which she has had a PET/CT scan - clear, and has since had 4 CT scans and a broncoscopy. The broncoscopy was clear and her doctor performed a new technique to essentially dust her airways to determine whether or not she was more or less susceptible to cancer and that came back negative. So heres the timeline. December 2018 - lung nodule found , CT Scan June 2019 - nodule increased in density not size, everything else unchanged. July 2019- PET/CT Scan- negative & broncoscopy - negative. December 2019 - CT scan - lung nodule unchanged. August 2020 - CT Scan - radiologist noted that the density has changed (become more solid) since her 2018 Scan, everything else remained unchanged. My mother had a tele call with her thoracic surgeon yesterday and he said that he would like to see her in person to discuss her options moving forward based on him knowing the radiologist who wrote the report. He has not seen the images yet, we will bring them to the appointment this Friday (14th) The guidance we received prior to this was that he would not operate on a nodule of this size and because of the size and the placement a lobectomy would be the only option. Now it appears because he is familiar with this radiologist and the radiologist noted that a "surgical resection is recommended" which we know cannot be done, that surgery is somehow back on the table for discussion. What strikes me as odd is that the radiologist referenced it increasing in density as compared to her 2018 scan which is not the most recent scan. She has had 2 scans in between in which one showed an increase in density and the other remained unchanged and stable(most recent). Does surgery seem like the next logical step based on a lung nodule that has never been proven as adenocarcinoma and has remained unchanged in size for a year and 8 months? Our family was quite taken a back after we received this phone call and I want to make sure im adequately prepared for our appointment on Friday. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! **Update** We met with my moms thorasic surgeon yesterday and it appears that because it is becoming for more solid he suggests meeting with a radiation oncologist and gave us a few names of doctors that he has personally worked with. He believes that a few short appointments later and we can get this thing zapped right on out of there! Phew! Although the ideal situation would be that it hasnt changed and there are no concerns this seems like the best alternative seeing as though now there is something we can actually do to potentially get rid of it... hopefully for good! Thank you for everyones continued good wishes as we move on to the next step. TJM 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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