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by Geeker on Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:57 AM
A month ago I was told, from a neck CT scan that I had a lung nodule. Contrast CT of chest done to follow up. Saw the doc 2 days ago and asked for copy of the reading radiologist's report. It reads (under Findings):
"...a 9mm nodule with well-defined margins seen at apex of right lung...not detectably calcified. It does not enhance...must be viewed as neoplasm until proven otherwise."
There are also 2 additonal nodules. A 4mm one in upper left lobe is defined. Third nodule is 8mm wide and 3mm in depth emanating from fissure in the lower right lung; also defined.
As a 40+ year smoker who has been experiencing shortness of breath with minimal exertion for two years now plus several months of increased coughing that sometimes feels as if my guts will come out before any kind of phlegm comes up and which frequently wakes me from sleep, I know it is cancer but I have a positive outlook ATM. Sometimes the phlegm is just a clear frothy looking matter; others times, it produces more regular looking phlegm but visual evidence of blood is not present in it.
Any ideas on which of the broad categories of lung cancer that this might likely be? I'm following the reading radiologist's suggestion for an immediate CT guided, through the skin, needle biopsy. That is scheduled for Dec. 6th.
by thebyrdsfriend on Wed Nov 21, 2012 07:14 PM
Oh boy that's a good question. At this point there is no guessing what type of lung cancer it is. The biopsy is the only way to find out. Have you asked them if they will also testing for the gene mutation? Normally they do, and it's important to determine chemo options.
My cancer was not verified until after the 3rd different type of biopsy I had.
I wish you well on the 6th, everything should go fine.
by Geeker on Wed Nov 21, 2012 07:23 PM
Thank you, byrdsfriend, for your reply. I kind of thought it was too early to tell, but wasn't sure. I'm just praying that, whatever kind it turns out to be, it was caught early enough to be cured. At age 62, I have just had the two best years of my life following recovery from 18 years of severe depression due to bipolar disorder. Thank God that this did not hit me before I found joy and freedom from depression! I believe, with God's help and a LOT of work on my part, that this can be beaten.
by thebyrdsfriend on Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:16 PM
You are so welcome. Your attitude is fantastic and you sound like you have your ducks all in a row. Thank God you are not suffering from depression anymore!! You are absolutely correct that with God's help, and his helping hands on your doctor, and with a lot of work this CAN be beaten. I was diagnosed stage 3a, and I've been NED (no evidence of desease) since July 12, 2010 when I had my upper right lung removed. I did not have to have radiation, but I did have chemo. I am so blessed, by the Grace of God.
Bless you, Byrd
by Geeker on Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:25 PM
Thank you, Byrd, for your enouraging words!!! Especially needed after I posted to a doctor response site as well where I gave more specifics from the radiology report. The first response was "worrisome, especially as a smoker." Of course that was followed with good idea to go straight to needle biopsy so that much, at least, was a bit encouraging -- but you have lifted my spirits high again just in time for Thanksgiving with my family!
by thebyrdsfriend on Thu Nov 22, 2012 02:35 PM
Hey Geek ~ I hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving. Life is Good, I think I am so very much more aware of the life which surrounds me. I'm fortunate enough to live with my wonderful husband on our secluded little Heaven on Earth. I am so thankful every single day. I smile, because it's easy to do that, and I don't worry, because that gets us absolutely no where, and I have Faith, because Faith fills me with happiness. Yes, Life is good, and I give my thanks for all my blessings. And that, Geek, is what gives me a good attitude, and a blessed life.
Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow warrior. You CAN do it, and I'll be right here cheering you on. It's not going to be a piece of cake, but heck, the results will be worth it.
Peace to you, Byrd
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