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finished treatment, now lung nodule

danchi
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Joined: Feb 2013

I was treated last June for stage 2 anal cancer. It was hell but I got through it and was looking forward to putting it all behind me, so to speak. I went for a routine CT scan a couple weeks ago and it showed a 9.4mm lung nodule which was not there on my last CT scan in July. This week I'll be having a PET to determine if it is cancer. I am so discouraged and depressed. I just wanted my life back and now it looks like 2013 will be just as bad as 2012 was.

eihtak
Posts: 809
Joined: Oct 2011

First off, congratulations on completing your treatment for anal cancer, we all know it was not easy!! I read a while back that something like 1 in every 500 (I think) chest x-rays will reveal a lung nodule. I was kind of surprised except it also said that many solitary nodules are non-cancerous and require no treatment. I can sympathize with your anxiety though, it was at my 1yr follow-up PET scan for anal cancer, (which came back NED), that I was diagnosed with a rare breast cancer. After I caught my breath, went through treatment including a double mastectomy, I realized that without the "treatable" anal cancer and follow-up scan, the breast cancer may not have been found until too late. As of my last scans in early Dec. I am stable on both accounts and feeling great!

I will be praying that your PET scan this week brings a good report and in 2013 you have the strength to continue moving forward as planned.

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mp327
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Joined: Jan 2010

I'm sorry you had to go through what so many of us have been through.  Your description of this treatment being "hell" is one I can agree with, based on my own experience.  I'm glad you made it to the other side but sorry you now have this other concern.  I can understand your discouragement, but don't let yourself get down, as you do not yet know what this nodule is.  It could be completely benign.  Hopefully, the PET scan will show just that and you can continue on your healing journey.  Please let us know when you find out.  I wish you all the best.

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luckieslady
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Joined: Sep 2013

I finished my treatments in June 2013. I had problems with my hips but found out it was just scar tissue from radiation and had to exercise in wich hurts..but in September I had a severe lung infection and had to be put one steroids antibiotics breathing treatments and inhalers! I never have had a lung infection in my life! Then in November I had my port taken out and it was only local they put me to sleep no ventilators ,after surgery I coughed up a HUGE clot and then on the way home coughed more blood and then again that night but I havent coughed blood since then..now I have some pain come and go in my rib area lower right and upper left side..it comes and goes and I have vertigo.My dad had the same cell as I except he had lung cancer and so did his mother I lost them both to lung cancer..I am scared..can you tell me more about your recurrance please

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z
Posts: 1250
Joined: May 2009

Why didn't your drs do a ct scan to find out whats going on in there.  Did they know about the blood clot, thats serious.  I would let your drs know immediatley, they will be able to help you.

 

I had a lung nodule after completion of anal cancer on 6-30-09, then upon following up scanning the lung nodule was found.  I had a vats procedure on 9-23-10 and so far so good.  Lori

 

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luckieslady
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Joined: Sep 2013

When I couged the blood clot I had just came out of surgery and the surgeon stated that there was nothing to worry about..so him being a doctor I took his word for it..went home coughed a few more times and that was it..the blood was a lot I took pics of them in case I needed them for my docs to see..I am really scared here.. I researched the internet about cancer in the lungs with symptoms and I have the symptoms but thought the pain comes and goes..but when it comes it comes..and always in the same places..I called my doc monday and Tuesday the 17 I have a CT scan of my lungs..I am truly worried

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luckieslady
Posts: 29
Joined: Sep 2013

I finished my treatments in June 2013. I had problems with my hips but found out it was just scar tissue from radiation and had to exercise in wich hurts..but in September I had a severe lung infection and had to be put one steroids antibiotics breathing treatments and inhalers! I never have had a lung infection in my life! Then in November I had my port taken out and it was only local they put me to sleep no ventilators ,after surgery I coughed up a HUGE clot and then on the way home coughed more blood and then again that night but I havent coughed blood since then..now I have some pain come and go in my rib area lower right and upper left side..it comes and goes and I have vertigo.My dad had the same cell as I except he had lung cancer and so did his mother I lost them both to lung cancer..I am scared..can you tell me more about your recurrance please

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luckieslady
Posts: 29
Joined: Sep 2013

I am so happy that you are doing so well..it is so encouraging..

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