I have been symptom free, labs normal. I had a bout of Hypertension and slight chest discomfort. I'm 54 with strong cardiac family history. During a Chest CT angio they found a round nodule in my right lower lobe. 1.5 CM in size. They sent me for a PET scan and found some uptake in Mediastinal lymph nodes. Next step a biopsy.
I have never smoked, am overweight and going through menopause.
The doctor has labeled it Stage IIIA lung Cancer. Is it that simple to say I have lung cancer? I know I need the biopsy, but are there other things that could cause lymph node enlargement in the mediastinum or is it always cancer? I need to know.
Hi. I agree with you. It's rather premature to label your condition as "Stage IIIA Lung Cancer" based solely on the findings of a lung nodule and increased uptake of mediastinal nodes on PET scan. Although these findings do suggest the presence of malignancy, a diagnosis of cancer is devastating to any patient and should only be made when the doctor has incontrovertible proof, which means a biopsy result. A lung nodule associated with enlarged mediastinal nodes can also be seen in some infections like pulmonary tuberculosis. I don't know where you live so I could not tell if tuberculosis is prevalent in your location, but it's always a possibility.
Anyway, just have the biopsy done as soon as possible and let's hope for favorable results. Good luck and stay positive.
Thank you so much for your response. I just can't hardly believe it will be a malignancy.
I grew up in the midwest and have lived in Los Angeles for 10 months now. Labeling me with Stage IIIA cancer has totally turned my life upside down and I don't even have a conclusive test yet.
I will stay positive. I see a surgeon today to schedule a Mediastinoscopy biopsy.
Thanks again for your answer.
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