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Lung nodule found... What to expect?

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 ThunderCat 07 Oct 2021

Mam lost her voice about the 3 weeks ago and eventually after much pushing she went to her gp. No pain, no feeling ill, no cold symptoms, just a total loss of voice. She's had blood tests and a chest xray, and a 'lung nodule' is the only info I can glean from her after the xray results (I live a couple of hundred miles away and since all I can hear on the phone is a wheezy rasp I obviously don't want to keep her on the line too long).

She's got a doctors appointment next week to have a camera inspection and a biopsy taken. I'm heading up to see her tomorrow. I'm fearing the worst. She's in her 70's, she smoked for about 50 years. F###. My heads completely f##king bent on this one. 

 profitofdoom 07 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

Really sorry to hear that, and hope all turns out well. It's great that you're going to see her, I bet she appreciates that

 ThunderCat 07 Oct 2021
In reply to profitofdoom:

Its awful. I remember being a little boy and thinking that the worst possible thing in the world world be to lose your mam, then growing up and getting a lot more harder and tough. Now it's actuality a reality im suddenly feeling that fear again. F**k sake. 

 profitofdoom 07 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

> Its awful. I remember being a little boy and thinking that the worst possible thing in the world world be to lose your mam, then growing up and getting a lot more harder and tough. Now it's actuality a reality im suddenly feeling that fear again. F**k sake. 

Yes, it's awful. But lots of people are OK after things like that and go on, healthy. Wishing you all the best anyway 

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 Dave the Rave 07 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

95 per cent are benign apparently. A long smoking history has other risks that cause wheeze. Don’t worry too much and just enjoy seeing your mam. 

 profitofdoom 07 Oct 2021
In reply to Dave the Rave:

Dave's right

 minimike 08 Oct 2021
In reply to Dave the Rave:

And even if it isn’t, it sounds like it’s been found early, so the prognosis will likely be pretty good. The options are so much better than they were even 5 yrs ago. Hope it turns out to be benign though. All the best to your mam.

 rurp 08 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

Sorry to hear that, you and your family must be very frightened and worried. 
It should take a few weeks for the results of the biopsy to come back to your mum and the family.

once that’s back you will mostly know what you are up against.

they may want to do a CT scan as well as the biopsy which might take a few weeks too, a CT gives more information than the X-ray she has had already.

After those two tests are known the MDT ( multidisciplinary team) would discuss and decide the best options and let you know what is happening.  
At the MDT will be specialist doctors/surgeons/x-ray specialists and experts at looking at biopsies under microscopes as well as specialist nurses. 
 

Until they and you have that information it’s all guesswork and many diagnoses are possible including good ones. 

Try and get to see her and have a hug if you can though I know you said she’s a long way away.

best wishes 

 ThunderCat 09 Oct 2021
In reply to rurp:

Hugs given tonight. Many times. Just got back to manchester 

 Timmd 10 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

Hugs given and important things said are the main thing, hopefully your Mum turns out to be fine.

 Lankyman 10 Oct 2021
In reply to ThunderCat:

This kind of thing runs in my family. Being around and in support means an awful lot and it looks as if you're doing this. Sometimes it's all you can do and feels so little but it means everything at times.

 ohsmeg 21:34 Tue
In reply to ThunderCat:

Been there, know how hard this is. Thinking of you. 


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