Mar 26, 2013 - 12:07 am
I have had pulmonary hypertension for 4 years, as well as a scar on my lung from Valley Fever about 6 years ago. I also have a pacemaker. I recently had horrible chest pain and was diagnosed with pneumonia (about a month after a bout with the flu). They did a CAT scan and discovered a shadow in LUL that had been there for 6 years that I didn't know about and is growing. The radiologist thinks it may be bronchoalveolar carcinoma. i had to wait 5 weeks, then have another CT. The shadow is still there (I am a former nurse, so now I look at all the pictures and reports!) and I see another shadow lower in the LUL. I have to wait two more weeks before my appointment with my pulmonologist. I think he wants to do a brochoscopy. Hey guys, just so you know it, even nurses get scared! My sister is going through chemo for peritoneal cancer now, and my cousin died of lung cancer 2 years ago. What can I expect? Is a bronchoscopy painful? Is FNA better for diagnosis? I know I need to ask my doctor these things.. but I won't see him for 2 weeks.