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shirlann54
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Its show's something on the bottom of my right lung very small.I have to have a Bronchoscopy, and my Dr will take a biopsy, He said less then 50% that its cancer he's not for sure .I 'm so worred.This will be done on the 22 of this month.He said if it is cancer it is a slow growing cancer.

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sephie
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had something show up on my lung also. MDA decided it was some sort of calcification or something. did nothing for it. sephie

shirlann54
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Thank you,That helps did you have to have a biopsy? Shirley

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sephie
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they did nothing. watched it on next CT and it looked the same so they are not worried. sephie

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z
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Pet scans show all types of inflammation and infections. I completed tx for anal cancer on 6-30-09, and had a lobectomy on my lower right lobe on 9-23-10. The 2 cancers are not related because no hpv was found in the lung cancer. I was fortunate that the lung cancer was found early and very curable. I was a 35 year smoker and quit on 5-4-09. The only way to tell if its cancer is to have a biopsy. I hope it is just inflammation and that will be all. I wish you well. Lori

shirlann54
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Thank you.I know i,m worring to much .I don't even know anything yet .What you have said really has helped me .I was a smoker for 30 years i quit Nov,29 2010 the day i started my treatments.I got done with my treatments Jan, 17,2011 ......shirley.

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z
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One another thing is I was just recently ct scanned for the lung, because a 5mm lung nodule had been found on my previous ct scan in Jan. This was found on my lower left lobe. So the procedure is when they are so small is to rescan in 3 months to see if they have grown, well I had the rescan on 4-23-12 and the lung nodule had disappeared. I had a cold a week previous to the ct scan in Jan. and my ocologist said I wish you had told me because I would have put the scan off. These pet and ct scans pick up everything.

I am 53 and lung nodules show up in people 50 and over all the time. Smokers are also more likely to have lung nodules. All nodules are not cancer, I have nodules that have been there and not changed since my very 1st pet scan for diagnosing the anal cancer.

I know its hard not to worry, but one thing is if it were anything it would have been caught very early and very curable.

I wish you well. Lori

shirlann54
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I was very sick in Feb with a real bad chest cold.I told the Dr put he did'nd say much but i,m thinking it may be from that cold.Thank you i,m feeling better about it today.I'M 58 maybe lung nodules .I'm going to try not to worry wait and see what they say...Shirley

shirlann54
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I was very sick in Feb with a real bad chest cold.I told the Dr put he did'nd say much but i,m thinking it may be from that cold.Thank you i,m feeling better about it today.I'M 58 maybe lung nodules .I'm going to try not to worry wait and see what they say...Shirley

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Lorikat
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Saying prayers for you....Lorie

shirlann54
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Thank you for your prays...Shirley

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mp327
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All my scans, both PET and CT's, have shown granulomas in my lungs, which are calcified, meaning old. They are caused by histoplasmosis, which you get from breathing in spores that live in the soil that are released into the air when soil is cultivated. Perhaps this is what's going on with you. My docs have all assured me it's common in people who live or have lived in agricultural areas--I grew up in the Midwest surrounded by farmland. This and many other things, including inflammation and infection can show up on a scan and do not mean cancer. I am thinking all positive thoughts for you and hope that the bronchoscopy will show this is nothing of concern.

shirlann54
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The Dr said infection or cancer and it could be like your saying Because we live in Indiana theres a lot of farmland here ..I have been so busy this month going to every Dr i have for my 6 months check ups and my yearly tests Plus i had all my teeth pulled the end of Jan,After the chemo lot of my teeth started getting really bad . there making my teeth now And cant wait to have teeth lol. I have been going there for fittings.just too much going on . I just wanten to cry i was so down.But i didnt i hold everything in.We worked out in the garden yesterday that helped me .I feel better now not so down.Think you....Shirley

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mp327
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I'm glad you are feeling better. My hope is that your follow-up on the lung issue will prove to be good news. I grew up in the midwest, as I said, and lived in Indiana for almost 12 years, so I'm sure my lungs have had lots of exposure to the spores that cause histoplasmosis, even though I've never had any lung issues, such as difficulty breathing. I'm sorry to hear about your teeth. I hope the dentures will work out great for you.

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sandysp
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Getting good care comes at a price. Sometimes the price of too much information. I had a spot on my lung in my first scan also which, according to my Oncologist, no less than three Docs at Sloan reviewed before concurring that it was just inflammation. I think it is good you are getting the biopsy done. It is hard not to worry about this stuff and even the tests. Arrrghhh! That said, in my "gut" (ha, ha, rhymes with "butt":-) feel you will be okay when all is revealed. Nonetheless, you are on my radar and in my prayers.
Sandy

shirlann54
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Thank you Sandy ,I,m getting very good care.Think God for my Dr.It is just to much information right now .Like i told Martha just to much going on.And plus my Dad died from lung cancer.15 years ago he was 66.So it really hit me hard.I,m feeling better now .My husdand and i have been working in the garden and we got it all planted so glad about that.And i got my mom and went Shopping thats something that allways helps me.lol...thank you for your prayers.....Shiley

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