Mar 19, 2013 - 9:53 am
Got a preliminary written report on my CT Thorax from my oncologist (still not the lung doc) which stated two conclusions of note: (1) Multiple nonspecific pulmonary nodules measuring up to 4 mm in the right upper lobe, and (2) Biapial ground glass opacities, likely representing postradiation change.
First response - Eeeeeek! 'How can one know that these represent post radiation changes, you ask?' Well, I asked, anyway, so I started searching on Google. Apparently this is a very common side effect; so common that they can typically match the scarring to the very radiation fields that caused them. Internet sources note that such scarring can result from radiation levels as low as 30 or 40 Gy (I received 68.4 Gy, both sides). And, the lung fibrosis develops slowly, over a period of 6 to 24 months. Oh, wait,... that's me.
Ah, the gifts that keep on giving. Christmas every day...