Oct 31, 2012 - 10:27 am
My 86 y/o mother was referred to a pulmonary lesion clinic after a CT scan showed a "quarter size" mass in her right apical lung. 6 months later CT showed mass had doubled in size and was referered to oncologist who ordered a pet scan and diagnosed her with stage 4 lung cancer with mets to the adrenals and mediastinal and hylar. Non operable and told she would probably not live to her next birthday. He said he took the case to tumor board and was 99.9% sure of the diagnosis. We did not have a biopsy because this would require a big surgery for her age. She began hospice care with no radiation or chemo. Now one year later she fell and broke her hip. While in the hospital after surgery her blood pressure was sky high so they did a CT with contrast to see if maybe the adrenals were involved with new tumor growth or something and the CT showed NO EVIDENCE of lung or adrenal or any other sites of masses or mets! The doctors at the hospital could not offer us any explanations so we went back to the oncologist yesterday. He said based on what he saw from the CT scan there was now just calcification noted in the apical lung and no evidence of cancer. We are very happy that she does not have cancer, but are wondering about accuracy of her diagnosis for which she could have gone through chemo and radiation which as we all know is very difficult at any age. What is going on here? Is she in the clear now? This is very confusing.