CT lung cancer screening

Posted by joelars @joelars, Jul 7, 2019

I listened to a discussion concerning cancer screening. It was the opinion of the oncologists that doctors continue screenings late into the patients life where the risks of radiation exposure outweigh any benefits because the patient doesn’t have enough years, statistically, to live. Does anyone know about what age is the right age to discontinue cancer screenings?

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@joelars

I was kidding about the herbal medicine. I'm sorry but my sarcasm is the result of my frustration with our medical system- its inability to effectively address illnesses like emphysema and COPD. I was pointing out the similarity between the scam artist and "legitimate medicine" where both seek your money and neither delivers a cure.
At what point do I withdraw my trust from a system that's only function is diagnosing conditions they're helpless to treat? Speaking as a patient whose doctors charge him but can't help him, I have the right to make light of the situation. Maybe most of us should be less solicitous and more demanding of our medical system (I realize some of us have survived cancer because of our doctors). They are well paid. They need to do better.

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Oh @merpreb I think the time frames are confusing. I understood it takes time for the infection to clear up. That explains the x-ray I had several weeks after the pneumonia. What I'm talking about is the x-ray I'm having this week that is 4 months later.The doc is looking to see if that area is gone. If it isn't, after 4 months, I can conclude the antibiotics didn't work.

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what is the shortest time period anyone has had between a "clean" lung scan and a scan disclosing a tumor?

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@joelars– Usually 3 months because it takes time for cells to multiply. Here is some information for you: https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=screening-lung

What is the shortest time for everyone else?

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@joelars

When I quit 14 years ago I saw a pulmonologist and was diagnosed with COPD. My response was to work-out daily, including yoga, weights and running, (actually slow jogs) every other day. I'm not really on anything.albuterol occasionally. the doc didn't seem to have an answer. He also wasn't very concerned and hasn't seen me in years. He thinks I'm doing fine.I would like to get a thorough work-up at mayo.However, I don't think they will have anything to offer someone who functions as well as I do.

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God Bless

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@merpreb

@joelars– Usually 3 months because it takes time for cells to multiply. Here is some information for you: https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=screening-lung

What is the shortest time for everyone else?

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@merpreb My scans are 4 months apart. I'm hoping it is unusual to find the tumor in this shortest period? the problem is I told the doctor not to call me and instead I scheduled an appointment, because last time he called and told me to come in. I waited 1 week thinking I had cancer only to find out it was a residue of the infection. But the downside is I have to wait 4 days to see him on this recent test. I googled the symptoms of lung cancer and I don't have wheezing, blood, pain in arm or chest, cough, weakness but the article also said many people don't have any symptoms early on. I'm hoping if I do have a tumor, it could only be 4 months old and therefore small? so maybe they could successfully remove it?

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Had a CY scan to check heart health. Int hat can was found a mall spot in my lower right lung. Had a biopsy done and it was early cancer. I could have waited and we could have watched to see what might happen. However, my doctor and I decided to get rid fo the thing and I had a lobectomy VATS surgery to remove it and the surrounding tissue. It was so small they think they got it before any spread happened. Tests show I am clear. My point is, if there is something suspicious, i'd have it taken out, especially while it is noticed early. With VATS surgery, the healing time was pretty fast and easy.I am due back after 6 moths for a CT scan to make sure all i clear. My doctor is pretty darned hopeful al is well. If you are comfortable with your doctor, see him about the results as soon as you and he are able to meet. It will reassure you. Hope this helps. I'm pulling for you!

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@joelars

@merpreb My scans are 4 months apart. I'm hoping it is unusual to find the tumor in this shortest period? the problem is I told the doctor not to call me and instead I scheduled an appointment, because last time he called and told me to come in. I waited 1 week thinking I had cancer only to find out it was a residue of the infection. But the downside is I have to wait 4 days to see him on this recent test. I googled the symptoms of lung cancer and I don't have wheezing, blood, pain in arm or chest, cough, weakness but the article also said many people don't have any symptoms early on. I'm hoping if I do have a tumor, it could only be 4 months old and therefore small? so maybe they could successfully remove it?

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@joelars– If your doctor was concerned that you had lung cancer based on what he saw then he'd have you do a PE scan. Aren't you driving yourself nuts with all of this? I did and it really makes things worse- in your mind at least. I know that it's difficult to think about anything else right now but please try and get your mind on something else. Can you do that?

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@alamogal635

Had a CY scan to check heart health. Int hat can was found a mall spot in my lower right lung. Had a biopsy done and it was early cancer. I could have waited and we could have watched to see what might happen. However, my doctor and I decided to get rid fo the thing and I had a lobectomy VATS surgery to remove it and the surrounding tissue. It was so small they think they got it before any spread happened. Tests show I am clear. My point is, if there is something suspicious, i'd have it taken out, especially while it is noticed early. With VATS surgery, the healing time was pretty fast and easy.I am due back after 6 moths for a CT scan to make sure all i clear. My doctor is pretty darned hopeful al is well. If you are comfortable with your doctor, see him about the results as soon as you and he are able to meet. It will reassure you. Hope this helps. I'm pulling for you!

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@alamogal635 Glad to hear that the early detection and removal made a difference for you. Good news!

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@hopeful33250 Thank you. Was simply trying to help the person who wrote above.

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thank you . your reply was encouraging and kind.
Can I ask , how long were you unable to do regular physical activities after the surgery? How long were you in the hospital? My personality-type and life experiences make me consider refusing all treatment except palliative care and maybe euthanasia. But that's because I believe the docs will only cut me up, radiate me to prolong a low quality life. It means a lot to hear real stories where people do come through lung cancer, largely healthy.

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sorry, i was replying to alamoga635

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