Oct 13, 2011 - 12:06 am
I have been lurking here for a couple of months. I lost my Father to colon cancer 14 years ago and my Mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer last week.. She had quit smoking 3 years ago but had smoked for many years. I am trying to brace myself once again.
My Mom had been coughing up phlegm with dark blood in it for the past couple of months. Had an x-ray followed by CT Scan. The scan shows a 17mm spiculated enhancing mass in her right upper lobe. She is going for a CT guided biopsy the week after next.
My question is this. The CT report states that she has Carcinoma of the right lung. It also states that there are "linear tags leading into the visceral pleura 1 cm away". There is no pleural mass or effusion. 3 sporadic subcentimeter lymph nodes are noted but there is no lymphadenopathy in the nilum or mediastinum.
Her mass appears to be about 1.7 cm which is a small sized tumor from what I have read and is located 1 cm away from the visceral pleura but I am wondering what those linear tags mean and if that means that the pleura may contain malignant cells? If so, I am wondering what this may mean - a later stage cancer?
She is so strong and postive and staying off the internet... unlike me her worried daughter. The 1st specialist we saw said she believes it to be confined and in 1 place and operable.. I am hoping and praying it is an earlier stage.
I have been reading many of your stories and am encouraged by them. Thank you for sharing and listening.