lauragb wrote:Hi all! I was Stage IIIB rectal cancer and am now over 6 years out from surgery in which I had a complete pathological response to the chemoradiation. It has been a fabulous yet at times trying 6 years with reversal, then surgery for a bowel obstruction, then bone marrow biopsy for wonky blood counts (it took 5 years for my blood counts to reach almost normal levels post treatment),then lung nodules suspicious for lung cancer that ended up being nothing but were monitored for two years, blood in urine that just ended up being radiation irritation, and now finally almost a year of no one looking for anything! I just put all this on here to encourage any of you dealing with this kind of stuff. It feels good to have NED in the building. Best wishes to anyone needing encouragement.
I had a 4 mm lung nodule show up on my scan last May. A recheck in July showed no change. My oncologist believes it is related to scarring and inflammation in my lungs. I was referred to a pulmonologist the year before and I am now being monitored for a auto immune disorder although it is not known exactly which one since I don't have many symptoms except lung issues and raynauds in my hands. The pulmonologist agreed she didn't think it was a met and could be related to the scarring but did throw out the possibility of a new lung cancer. Since so small we watch and wait to see if it grows. I have another scan in January which will be 6 months from the last. Hopefully no change or shrinking. Your story of lung nodules helps me feel better and hopeful l as I know as I get closer to the scan anxiety will begin.