I know we're not doctors, but I think many times we have so much experience and have read so much that we know as much as doctors. Here's my question:
I have four lung nodules which were there 10 years ago when I was dx'd with Stage III colon cancer. Three have never changed and are minute.
The fourth has been noted in this order over the years as 4mm x 6mm, 5.1mm x 6.9mm, 7mm, stable since 2009, 5 to 6mm x 4mm and last year the radiologist said MAY have increased to 7mm x 4mm which is confusing because it's been reported that size or larger in previous years. Another doctor was asked to compare the scan from 9/ 2016 and 11/ 2017 and she said 'increased to 7mm x 4mm from prior reading'. From 2012 to 2015 I had PET scans instead of CT scans due to the liver met.
I'm waiting on results from my last scan but these readings are from a total of 10 years this coming January. I'm confused by all the different readings. I've tried to find the reason behind so many different reports/ readings and other than all were done by different radiologist, it makes no sense to me.
One other thing that I've noticed is in prior years the 'voice' during the CT scan would say 'Take a deep breath and hold it now'. Now it just says to breathe in and hold your breath. Guessing it's a newer machine. Also, I can only have w/o contrast for my chest CT due to severe allergy to the contrast.
Stage IIIB cc surgery 1/7/09. 5/17 nodes. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IVa 2/15/12. CEA 6.4 PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12 No chemo
Nine years 10 months since dx and 6 1/2 years post liver resection.
NED Oct. 2018
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