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    wife just told she has a 3cm mass on lung

    Hi there, first time here and first time poster. My wife is 48 and was given the news this morning that she has a 3 cm mass on her left lung. She had been feeling some weird pain since November last year that was on and off and finally went to have it checked out.
    As you can imagine, it was very jarring. I am trying to remain focused and positive as it could be anything but obviously the thought of cancer is very prevelent in our minds. We have three daughters, 26,21 and 13 and two grandkids, a boy of 2 and a girl of 7 months.
    CAT scan is currently being scheduled so we will go from there. If any of you have had a similar experience or can shed some light on anything for me that would be great.

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    Administrator Top User lisa1962's Avatar
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    Hello Matt and sorry to hear of this concerning news. I have moved your thread here to the worried forum as no diagnosis has yet to be made.

    My guess is at some point, a biopsy will be ordered as that is the definitive procedure in determining if cancer exists or not. Keep in mind that it could be many things, fungal infection, scarring, etc. My hope is that it will be something other than cancer but certainly understand what a scary time this is for all of you.

    Stay the course, try not to jump to the worst case scenario. Do keep us updated and feel free to ask as many questions as you like. We are here for you.


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    Moderator Top User jorola's Avatar
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    Hi Matt,

    Lisa has given you some solid advice. Yes it is still scary, not knowing what is going on and what the possibilities are. Just remember cancer is only one of many possibilities and I will be hoping for all of you that it is all a false alarm.

    I agree that a biopsy is most likely the next step. All this testing and waiting is hard but try to keep yourselves busy with normal life and especially doing things you enjoy.

    All the best,
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    June 24 - tumor 1/3 the original size
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto


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