Second Opinion for lung nodule biopsy

Posted by d41king @d41king, Feb 12, 2020

during a routine CT scan, a 15 MM nodule was found near the base of my right lung – close to my spine and diaphragm. My oncologist wanted us to get a biopsy even though she said there was only a 25% chance it was cancerous (my PET scan showed very little activity at the site), but the lab said that the nodule was too close to the spine and diaphragm and too small, so they could not do the biopsy. My doctor then said we would simply wait 3 months for another scan to see if anything changes. My wife is upset because we wanted the biopsy to rule out cancer. I am seeking a second opinion, but not really sure where to start – except that I am going to let my oncologist know I want to get the second opinion, especially for the peace of mind for my family. I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

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@d41king– It's so good to hear that you are not having a problem with breathing! What a blessing and great sign this is! Do you have questions to delve into this further if they and the 2nd dr. can't do a biopsy?

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Hi, no…….I have two kinds o f llung cancer. that is my breathing problem, and I don't have rhythm problems any more. Nancy

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@d41king

Thank you for your note Coleen. I appreciate the article on second opinions and am amazed by the statistics associated with second opinions. Thankfully, the only thing really impacting my running or speed is my age. My lungs are still very strong. Thank you again

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@d41king, did you decide to seek a second opinion?

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@colleenyoung

@d41king, did you decide to seek a second opinion?

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Yes. I am awaiting a team evaluation. Expect some news today

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@d41king– Great news! Will you please let us know?

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The Team that reviewed my case recommended that I have surgery and get it out once and for all rather than watching it over time. I am in agreement (rather tan my wife and I walking on eggshells for the next 5 years), so now trying to get a schedule to have this thing removed.

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@d41king

The Team that reviewed my case recommended that I have surgery and get it out once and for all rather than watching it over time. I am in agreement (rather tan my wife and I walking on eggshells for the next 5 years), so now trying to get a schedule to have this thing removed.

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@d41king – Good news for both you and your wife! I think that I would feel relief. I might have sounded hesitant about this but only because your doctors suggested the wait. With my type of lung cancer, I get more than one nodule in my lung at a time and I was relieved when I was told that my doctors would zap my third and fourth lesion with proton radiation. And it was.
I know that this is close to your spine. Are you feeling any pain from it? Other than r Oncologist will you need any other physician to check it out? Please keep us updated. How are you feeling about this?

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Thanks Merry. I have no pain or symptoms so am optimistic about the outcome either way

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@d41king

Thanks Merry. I have no pain or symptoms so am optimistic about the outcome either way

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@d41king– I know what you mean.

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