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Upper Right Nodule - Cancer?

caroleknndy
Posts: 2
Joined: Oct 2009

Hi! I am the caregiver. My husband has stage 4 COPD and a very small nodule was discovered on his right upper lobe during a bout with pneumonia. We have been through the CT, PET, and 3D CT with out a positive answer other than "We feel its Cancer because it has grown". We have been to a surgeon who has said that my husband is not a candidate for any type of surgery. His lung Dr. now wants to do a 3D CAT assisted biopsy because it is very deep inside the lungs and not near an airway. We have been told that there is a risk involved in doing this procedure (collapsed lung) which would not be a good out come for my husband. This is what I don't understand, if the CT, PET, and 3D CT all point to cancer why can't he just get pin point radiation and be done with it? Has anybody out there had a simular situation. Thanks

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cobra1122
Posts: 245
Joined: Jul 2009

The reason they may want to wiat to make 100% sure is the risks involved with radition and/or chemo. It sometimes does damage to the healthy tissue as well as the bad(cancer).
the risk of a collapse lung is very real, I know I suffered one, but it was not as bad I feared. I have similar problems as your husband, but they first need to make sure of what their fighting to be able to treat him properly.
I realize that wiating for answers is hard, but if it makes the treatment process the correct one for his disease then it is worth it. It is better that they get it right then do more damage.
if you read my bio you will understand why I say we have some of the same issues, and I hope that you can find the right answers.
A positive attitude and support are very important in this struggle and cherishing the time we have creating memories is alot more impotant that worring about thing we can't control.

Pur Prayers and Best to Your Husband and You and your family,
Dan and Margi Harmon

caroleknndy
Posts: 2
Joined: Oct 2009

Thank you so much for your answer. It makes since I guess I just needed to hear it from someone else. My husband will be 54 on Saturday and we have been married for 32 years. I try not to let him see my fears. He has a great attitude and I know I need to work on mine. I will read your bio and thanks again. Prayer is the only thing we can do at this point thank you again. I will pray for you and your family as well.

Carole & Robert Kennedy

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