Dec 25, 2012 - 9:21 pm
I was recently diagnosed with Carcinoid Lung Cancer after going into the doctors with symptoms of extreme shortness of breath and fatigue. After an X-ray showed a "mass" in my lower, right lung, I received a ct scan and a lung biopsy to confirm that the mass was indeed cancer. (5.5 X 5.7 cm) I am only 24, a non-smoker, and until 2 months ago when I began having breathing issues, I was also very active. I have met with my pulmonologist several times who says I am going to need surgery (soon). I have yet to meet with my surgeon in person, although an appointment is scheduled.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Cancer wasn't even a spec on my radar when I first started having symptoms and now I am a nervous wreck -the anticipation of surgery and just the word cancer have elevated my stress level tremendously. What can I expect during the recovery process?