Life Expectancy with cavitary MAC
Just diagnosed with cavitary MAC (2 cavities at 1.6cm). Frantically educating myself. My pulmonologist agreed to let me “wait and see” for 6 months in response to my concerns about drug side effects, especially vision and hearing. But from what I’ve read so far, I’m now close to panic that delaying is a bad idea….that the meds are inevitable….and the potential for disease progression due to cavities is significant. I’m coming to terms with accepting the life impacts of the treatment and the realization this may be a life long battle due to high rates or recurrence. But I desperately want to know if my reality is I should take steps and plan for a much shorter life. I’m 66 now. Is this disease fatal? Does it reduce life expectancy? The only data point I have found so far says 5-year mortality is 25%! Never thought I’d wish for cancer as a better option. I’m afraid to know the answer, but l’m overwhelmed by fear at this point.