Beccaschocked wrote:My most recent scan showed a growing nodule indicative of lung mets. However, my biopsy came back negative... the surgeon and oncologist agree that we should move forward with a lobectomy given my history and how the nodule presents (I also had a 1 point jump in CEA from 1.5 to 2.5).
Beccaschocked wrote:... Also, does it seem reasonable to proceed with surgery given all of the factors? ...
O Stoma Mia wrote:Beccaschocked wrote:... Also, does it seem reasonable to proceed with surgery given all of the factors? ...
As others have said, it would be a good idea to get a second opinion on this from a highly qualified professional.
When I had a similar thing happen to me a few years sgo, I got a second opinion from a pulmonologist, who sent me off to have a PET/CT scan. The nodule did not light up on the scan, so he said that it was unlikely to be a met. A year later, my oncologist agreed and said that the nodule wasn't anything to worry about.
Beccaschocked wrote:...Was yours also growing quickly? Did you have an increase in CEA? Just curious if anyone has actually had a benign Nodule that behaves so much like cancer.
MissMolly wrote:Personally, I lean towards the recommendation of your medical team to undergo the lobectomy.
A false positive occurs when the biopsy draws a core of healthy cells from a nodule that is otherwise infiltrated with cancer cells. A core biopsy is only as accurate as the sample of tissue drawn and extracted.
Beccaschocked wrote:Juliej thank you so much for sharing your experience, it is reassuring to hear from others who have walked this road. It also affirms our decision to move forward with surgery.
The surgery is technically a VAT, but a lobectomy rather than wedge. Unfortunately my nodule is in a tricky area, making a wedge surgery impossible.
I’ll be sure to update this thread when we get the pathology report back.
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