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    Mom has 4cm spot on lungs- diagnosed..cancer

    Hi, I am trying to educate myself quickly. My mother had a biopsy done, and the spot (mass) on her lung was found to be cancer. we are so in the beginning stages. She is set up to do a pet (sic) scan in 2 days. Im trying to figure out if 4cm is considered large and what are possible solutions or options moving forward.

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    Was she diagnosed with NSCLC Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (as opposed to another primary cancer that metastasized to her lung) I take it they will know what stage her cancer is after they do a Pet scan in 2 days. You may also get a copy of the pathology report from the biopsy that was done and ask the DR to give you a overall summary of it as well. A 4cm tumor is just a part of the picture (4 cm = approx 1.60 inches).

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    Adenocarcinomas: The most common type of NSCLC in America is Adenocarcinoma, comprising approximately fifty-percent of Lung Cancers. Adenocarcinomas are associated with smoking, although non-smokers who develop Lung Cancer also develop Adenocarcinomas.

    Squamous Cell Carcinomas: Squamous Cell Carcinomas account for approximately thirty-percent of NSCLC's, and used to be more common than Adenocarcinomas. Squamous Cell cancers usually arise in a person's Bronchi.

    Large Cell Carcinomas: Large Cell Carcinomas are the least common form of NSCLC. They are referred to as, 'Undifferentiated Carcinomas,' at times.

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    Reels, size does matter; the bigger the tumor, the better the chances of metastasizing. You've probably already thought that. Wait for the PET scan and see the doctor about it first. Take a deep breath. How is your mother? Jody
    May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favour. Born 1960. Diagnosed 4/2011 with one tumor, LUL, NSCLC. Tumor size 1.1 inches. Thoracic surgery 6/1/2011. No action taken. Eight weeks of radiation and chemo. Carbo and Taxol. Follow up with four rounds of Carbo and Alimta.
    December 2011 CT scan shows all clear.
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    Thank you, this is a great start. My mother, is passive in nature.. and lives in denial, for most everything. she still thinks she's 3 years old and if she ignores it or doesn't look at it, it will go away. I'm a few hours away from her and trying to hit the ground running. Thursday can't get here fast enough. The more questions I ask, the more people I'm finding who have something to offer.

    Thank you again for the follow up. I will get on the reports and see what happens on Thursday.
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    thank you for your reply. I'm so naive to all this.. I don't even know what metastasizing is. That being said, my Mom is doing ok right now. Health is good...spirits..are, well, mixed at best.

    Thank you for taking the time to respond. How is door number 2 treating you? I sit here and break down reading every one else's stories. How am I supposed to be strong for Mom?? Ha, get it out of my system now. I know we got a road to travel.

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    Hi Reels, I noticed your from Baltimore, what part? I am from upper Bel Air (north east). There is another person Mike who is also from maryland. I too am going through the waiting game and on my final test (I think?) biospy. I had a ct, pet/ct, pulmonary function, blood work and now I am on the CT needle biopsy which will confirm I'm sure because my pet lite up. Are you sure its 4cm? Your mom is in good spirits that is a really good thing, did she have any symptoms which prompted her to have the ct scan/biopsy? they did my pet before the biopsy but I have heard some people have it done after. I am wishing you all the best. Keep us updated there are so many wonderful people on this board that can really help you through this time. If your mom is having no symptoms and is upbeat thats a good thing. Mickey

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    I'm sorry your mom has cancer but happy that you found this forum. Lots of knowledge and support for you here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey61 View Post
    Hi Reels, I noticed your from Baltimore, what part? I am from upper Bel Air (north east). There is another person Mike who is also from maryland. I too am going through the waiting game and on my final test (I think?) biospy. I had a ct, pet/ct, pulmonary function, blood work and now I am on the CT needle biopsy which will confirm I'm sure because my pet lite up. Are you sure its 4cm? Your mom is in good spirits that is a really good thing, did she have any symptoms which prompted her to have the ct scan/biopsy? they did my pet before the biopsy but I have heard some people have it done after. I am wishing you all the best. Keep us updated there are so many wonderful people on this board that can really help you through this time. If your mom is having no symptoms and is upbeat thats a good thing. Mickey
    Mickey,
    Howard County area, so the West side. She is on the Eastern Shore. Its a run around at best. She went in for loss of breath. About a month of constant tired and loss of breath. Found mass(es) on her xrays. Pet scan revealed another on her Adrenal Gland. She has 4 spots on her lungs, the largest is SUV=8.5 (whatever that means). Now another CAT scan to see if anything has moved to her brain. Then 3 weeks waiting for the next appointment. Which, to me is WAY too long. Keep fighting brother, keep in touch

 
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