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adman
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I recently had my annual CT with & w/o contrast [ chest, pelvis, abdomen ] [ I'm at a little over 4 years from Stage 1/ Grade 1 - 5.0cm RCC ] in SEPT '16 and was given the all clear- NED. 
I then had a Coronary Calcium Heart CT [ no contrast ] in October '16, and there was a footnote:
** " 11x9 pericardial nodule may be related to band of scar/ atelectasis as compared to prior chest 09/08/16, this may be new. Further evaluation with a chest CT may be benficial. "

Oncolgist has ordered a new CT w/o contrast.  

** will w/o contrast be enough? 

** optimistic, but concerned. What did worry ever do for me anyway? :)

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angec
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Hi, Adam, I wouldn't be too worried right now.  All else is clear.  It most probably is nothing.  Maybe ask him to do with and would contrast if it makes you feel better. Is that mm those measurements?  That is still small.  I wouldn't worry. All the best!

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adman
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Thank you for the comment. I believe it is MM. 

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Sorry for this angst/anxiety Adam that you are going through at this time.

You know once they have diagnosed something they start looking meticuously with follow ups.. rightly so.

So that is just your radiologist talking as a "suggestion" of closer look. Try not to use up your precious energy with worry.

I know easier said than done.

We're here for you, so please know that and let us know how you are doing!

Good luck, Adam!

Hugs, an

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Try not to worry (like Jan said - easier said than done!). But I would inquire about it being done with contrast.

Please keep us posted!(and congrats on being NED!!)\

Hugs

Jojo

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I agree, w/ contrast is the way to go. I think since I just had contrast in Sept., they're trying to look out for my remaining kidney. The 'Radiologist' may feel differently than the Oncologist.

My eGFR is about 68-72; guess they want it to stay that way. 

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I'm an X-ray tech and our protocols are contrast for generalized lung disease and no contrast for nodules. Chest is a bit different than other tissues where contrast is concerned. Most of us and our experience with kidney scans know that contrast is better however this isn't the case with lung imaging as the uptake and tissue density are so different. So in this case, no contrast is the gold standard.

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so great to have you contribute to this discussion & have your perspective on our forum. I learned something i did not know. Good intel. I read your story, wow! thank you.

 

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adman
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I'm very happy to report [ NED ] on my latest Chest CT w/o contrast -

" NO Evidence of discrete lung nodule. In the region of the questioned 11x9 mm nodular density noted adjacent to the pericardial fat. There is only a band of linear scar noted on the coronal reconscructions. "

Thank you everyone for the continued support & love. God Bless you all!

The Good Lord has blessed me yet again - Thank you, God!

 

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Allochka
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Super! Stage 1, grade 1 - odds are excellent. But of course we always worry...

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May it continue forever

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Jan4you
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GREAT Happy for you!!

Whew...

Jan

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Congratulations, so glad to hear more goods news.

mrou50
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Congrats on the great news, here is to many more reports just like your latest one.

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Great news, Adman.  Congratulations!

Stub

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Thank you for sharing the great news!!

Donna~

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you know, it's very interesting that all of us lead busy lives & are going through and managing our health issues, day in & day out.  Yet we all make time to supprt & love each other. 

Maybe all of us are examples of "be nice, it feels good", healing each other every day. the rest of the world needs to emulate our actions.  this disease has a silver lining; we are all in this together & are living proof that we are one & each of us can be a beacon of hope & love. 

Thank you. God Bless! 

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When we find other folks who are like us, we connect.  Funny thing about that, every person probably has something that makes them like us. 

This is a good place to practice "Be nice" and "We're all in this together," especially since we can benefit either way. Hopefully our lights will shine enough that others will see similarities, and not their diffences. The world really is "us" not "us" and "them."

Thanks for the reminder, AdMan.  Love your sunset, too. 

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Actually it somewhat reminds me of a song made up by soldiers in WWI. I recently collected it with other songs for classroom resources.

And when they ask us

 

And when they ask us, how dangerous it was.

Oh, we’ll never tell them, no we’ll never tell them

We spent our pay in some café,

And fought wild women night and day,

It was the cushiest* job we ever had

 

And when they ask us, and they’re certainly going to ask us,

The reason why we didn’t win the Croix de Guerre**.

Oh, we’ll never tell them, oh we’ll never tell them.

There was a front***, I’m damned if we knew where!

 

Notes

*Cushiest = Easiest

** Croix de Guerre = Cross of war = French medal for bravery

*** Front = Where the actual fighting took place.

 







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It was the closing song of the 1968 Richard Attenborough movie “Oh what a Lovely War”

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Footstomper,

Elite group, indeed. 

Interesting what you footnoted.  Always the teacher!  I haven't seen all of "Oh What a Lovely War," only parts of it.  Probably should be on my To Watch list?

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Wow, So good to hear that news! How do you spell RELIEF!?

And your words are soooo right: we are all in this together!

Hugs

Jojo

Jojo

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So happy for you. Must be a huge relief.

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