Feb 06, 2003 - 11:34 am
As a mother the last thing you want to hear is that your child (and only child) has a tumor. My daughter Kate was diagnoised with reflux and the doctor told us that is was more than likely a piece of corn in the lobe of her lung but he wanted to be sure. He scheduled an outpatient procedure to go down and look with a scope. While in recovery the doctor came in and told me that it looked like a tumor. I was floored to say the least. She was admitted and then a biopsy was done. The next day we were given the results... a carcinoid tumor. We were immediately sent to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in Memphis, TN. Kate (age 13yrs old at the time) was extremely brave going through many different test and scans before her surgery. We did not know if she was going to have to go through Chemo or not. The doctors removed the upper lobe of her right lung. The results that came back after her surgery was great news! It was non-cancerous which meant that Kate would not have to go through chemo. Kate will be celebrating her 18th birthday in March and she is doing great! I just wanted to let others out there that are diagnoised with a carcinoid that there is hope. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.