View Full Version : Multiple Pulmonary Nodules suspicious for metastatic disease

07-29-2005, 06:06 AM
Have been having major gastrointestinal problems every time I eat so I went to my GI and she ordered an abdominal/pelvic CT. The base of my lungs was in the shot and the MPN's were found in the base of both lungs. The largest is 1cm and the smallest are 3-4mm.

So, I have an appt. with a pulmonologist next Friday and was told to have a full chest CT done before then.

I'm curious to know what I can/should expect in regards to tests, procedures, etc. from my doctor. I'm 37 years old and I'm pretty much scared to death right now. I don't want to go in there and just do what I'm told if I know that something more should or could be done. From what I've read I know that the MPN's are indicative of metastatic cancer. Having just had the abdominal/pelvic CT with nothing showing up on there other than some fatty liver infiltrates and the lung stuff, I don't know what else to ask for.

Do I need to see an OB/GYN, ya think? I've had endometriosis in the past that was categorized as pre-cancerous and have very irregular periods.

Do I need and ENT? Endocrinologist? Who else?

I just don't want the pulmonologist to smooth talk me into losing precious time by waiting if there is some advice as to what I should push for from someone who's had the same diagnosis.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

08-04-2005, 05:43 PM
Some Pulmonary nodules are nothing more that some type of scarring from a previous illness. Others, can be cancerous. Go to a good pulmonary Dr. He should at least have you going for ct scans every 3 months for re checks to see if there is any change in the status of the nodules. A PET scan should also be done to rule out malignancy, but they are very expensive, and not all ins. cos. will approve them. Get checked by your ob/gyn for sure, and let all your drs. know what the dx is on your lungs! All opinions are usefull in determining your next steps!
Good luck and be well.