Kaffie Posted September 24, 2004 Share Posted September 24, 2004 I had an appointment with my surgeon Tuesday to see how the plueral effusion was clearing up. I had an x-ray when I got there. He came in the room with the x-rays, put them on the light and said how well I looked and how well my chest was clearing from the empyema. He proceeded to go on about the fact that I was looking better than the last time I saw him, etc. He said I'm still a 1A and have an 80% chance of the cancer never recurring. I told him I had a quick question. I had been going through the papers my primary care doctor gave me to give the oncologist because I'm deciding on whether or not to take chemo. I pulled out the paper that read: 10 mm indeterminate left adrenal nodule apparently increased in size since the chest CT of 5/30/04. Dedicated adrenal CT or MRI would be most helpful for further evaluation. I asked him if that could be cancer and he said yes and if it was it would make me a stage 4 and he would suggest no chemo, just pallative care. This man must be nuts! I can't figure out why it was never mentioned to me by anyone of the specialists or why it wasn't biopsied when I had my surgery in July. I had the vats surgery but would have gladly had the old fashioned opening of the whole chest to biopsy a suspicious growth. This CT was taken on August 9, I was back in the hospital because of the plueral effusion I got after my surgery. Is this normal? I mean a surgeon ignoring a growth while he is already operating on someone for cancer? I'm so upset I can hardly stand it. This thing that my surgeon already knew about while I was being operated on could cost me my life. Just need to vent Thanks kathy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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