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luv4lacrosse
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Hello all. What luck I have. I just posted yesterday about my clean Neck CT. My ENT called back late in the day to tell me the Radiologist noted a small spot on my Right Upper Lobe. Apparently the upper portion of your lung shows up on a Neck CT.

My ENT said the spot did not look cancerous. He thinks Scar Tissue from the Radiation.

Has anyone experienced this?

I have to go for a complete Chest CT this afternoon.

BEST!!

Mike

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Most people do. They are caused from anything to bird droppings, infection, or water contamination. They are more common in the Mid-west. They are also caused by cancer. You will go crazy obessing about it as you are in for a long road of comparing CT scans for a couple of years. Each one gets a little easier. On on my fourth scan in January and so far so good. What you want is no change from scan to scan. NED is just a little farther away for us. I'm running next to you on this one. I hung on to the anti- anxiety meds at this point. Watch the mental health side of things and you only have to get to your next scan after this one.

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I am worried the scan I do today of the entire chest will reveal something bad. I will just cross that bridge when I get to it.

Thanks for the info.

Mike

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It's sitting right in the middle of my left lung. However after 4 CT scans and 1 PET scan, it didn't light up and hasn't changed size, so the docs aren't concerned but will be keeping an eye on it as time goes on. They weren't able to provide a reason for it either.

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I hope they just keep an eye on it also and monitor for any change. I hope to have the results of todays CT late this afternoon and I am also scheduled to see a Thoracic Surgeon on Monday.

Have a great day and thanks for your input.

Mike

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My Mom has had several spots that they have been watching for two years now. They haven't grown or changed. Don't panic. Just hope you get the results today so you don't have to sweat it out any more than necessary.

Best of luck. Let us know how you make out.

Skipper

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hoping that they are just spots and nothing to worry about.

sweet

Noellesmom
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I go through this when I have to have a chest x-ray - because I have active asthma and have had several bouts of serious pneumonia, spots show up when we are looking for another round of pneumonia.

My family doctor recognizes them for what they are since he's now seen them several times with no change: if I end up with a specialist, it causes a few moments of consternation on their part.

Praying this is nothing more serious than that.

Hugs.

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Sometimes it just seems like we can’t beat this crap, before you can get one thing out of the way here comes another. I am just getting over this pain & infection in my head and now I am having problems with my eyes going dark. I can’t wait till I get to heaven and get my new body, all I know to do sometimes is to pray and believe me my brother I will be praying for you that all it is, is just a spot.

Hondo

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Hondo, you were put on this earth to perservere and overcome. You my friend are a shining example of your faith combined with good medical science.

You have overcome your initial cancer, discovered the root cause of your ear and head pain, and the eye issue willjust be yet another little thing to look back upon when your journey to beating the beast is complete.

BEST!!!

Mike

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Hey Mike,

I'm going to believe and pray that it's just a spot until I hear diffently from you. Probably just a lung freckle or an interior beauty mark.

Bob

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I love "lung freckle" and "interior beauty mark" I will have to borrow those in the future.

As of today, all is good. My scans have checked out good with both ENT and Thoracic Surgeon today.Now the long wait for the PET on FEB. 21st.

BEST!!

Mike

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Mike,

I am so sorry to hear that there was a spot on your lung - mostly because I know the anxiety something like that would cause me. As you can see, many people have them and they are nothing. I am hoping and praying that yours is nothing also, and I am praying that you hear good results soon so you won't have to worry.

Please take care and let us know as soon as you feel like you can. We will all be waiting.

Love,
Myka

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a couple of months ago I had a chest xray and they said I had a nodule on my lung. So after a week of thinking I had lung cancer I had a cat scan and it showed that there was nothing in my lung. It was just a shadow that they saw on the chest x ray. Hope the same is for you! good luck and best wishes,
Linda

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You were very fortunate, as I have been in the past. Last year they discovered 5 nodules. Three on one lung and two on the other. I've had one ct scan since and apparantley there has been no change in them. However, now I have been diagnosed with tongue cancer. I just had another CT scan with contrast today and am waiting to see how that turns out. I'm praying it has not gone any farther. Keep thinking positive and the best to you. Bubbins

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Bubbins, I hope you hear good news from your scan. I just saw my Thoracic Surgeon today, and all is good with my Chest CT and my Neck CT. Now just the wait until February for the PET Scan.

Take care

Mike

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Perhaps this would be a good time for me to ask if there is a preference of either CT or PET for accuracy in detecting cancer. Will doctors do both or will they make a diagnosis only on a CT?

Not to scare you, but my husband had a neck MRI recently which showed something suspicious on the base of tongue (again). They did a biopsy which confirmed the cancer. Then a full body PET was done and a spot showed up in the upper right lobe. The SUV was above 6 so I guess they are fairly certain that it is cancer. So i was wondering, would a PET add more info for your diagnosis.

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Hey Mike, sure hope the ENT is correct and its just scar tissue. Cheers

Jimbo

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Yes David was told the same thing and it was scar tissue, they determined from childhood days. So try not to worry to much about it. I know that is easy to say but They look for everything and that is a good thing. Keep the faith.
Terry

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I am sending prayers your way that all works out fine.

Kathy

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Depends on the size of the spot. Something Mike needs to find out. Also the location is important. The PET scan is not very good below 9mm. If anyone has held a 9mm bullet in their hand they can get an appreciation for the size of that. Above 9mm PET can detect. However the CT can tell you if the spot is calcified or not which is a huge deal in ruling out cancer. Calcified is good. Mike please let us know and post more particulars. hopefully you live in the Midwest?

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Regardless of scan used, it is helpful to wait for a period of time (say three months) before doing a second scan so that a comparison can be made. This is the only way I can think of to determine whether the 'spot' is growing or not. If it is not growing, they may continue to monitor it but will probably not take any further action at this time.

Even if it IS growing, the one sure-fire way to determine whether it is malignant is a biopsy. Scans alert to the possibility, even the probability, but biopsies confirm,, or so I have been led to understand.

It is not uncommon for head/neck cancer survivors to have scarring in the lungs, because a great many of us were smokers. Things like pneumonia and bronchitis can also cause scarring, among others I am not remembering.

On the other hand, the lungs are a favored homestead for traveling squamous cell carcinoma, as I know firsthand (although they decided my lung SCC was new, fortunately). It is therefore natural for our doctors to keep an eye on the lungs.

Best wishes for great news today!

Take care,

Joe

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A common reason for spots is simple aspiration of food as many of us are prone to do.

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THE RADIOLOGIST CALLED THE SPOT SHAPE AS "GROUND DOWN GLASS" IN APPEARANCE.

I DO LIVE IN THE MIDWEST (ST. LOUIS)

MIKE

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MY CHEST CT WAS READ AS "NON CANCEROUS ACTIVITY IN THE THORAX" IT WILL BE WATCHED FOR ANY FUTURE ACTIVITY.

THAT SURE MADE MY DAY!!

I HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRU ABOUT.

MIKE

Noellesmom
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Great news! So glad to hear it!

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That's great news. Have a wonderful holiday.

Skipper

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I am so excited for you!!!! I was anxiously awaiting your post! Please enjoy the holidays and we still look for the NED in Feb!

Take care.

Myka

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Glad to hear the good news bud! Now have a good weekend.

Greg

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Mike I am sure glad to hear that kind of good news.

Keeping you in the pray group until next PET

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Good deal. That's a relief. V

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ratface
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Living in the midwest has at least one advantage, who would have known. Glad to hear the good news!

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Great news, Mike - thanks for letting us know about the CT update.

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My wife has had a Solitary Pulmonary Nodule, which hasn't grown for over 5 years.
I believe that a that a very large percentage of adults have spots on their lungs.
However, each individual is unique; and it will either grow or not grow in your case.

I must add that my father lived for five years after surgery for lung cancer, continued
chain smoking and ultimately died from other reasons.

I have been treated for laryngeal cancer, and worry about lung cancer for myself. But a
diagnosis of lung cancer isn't the end, by any means.

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