Mom going in for chest CT today
I am sadly back here again after a few years away.
My mom previously was diagnosed with breast cancer. They did radiation treatment, and then it was discovered to have spread to a nearby lymph node; she underwent surgery to remove it. Several months later, she was declared cancer-free.
Over the last few years, she has had a persistent cough. We have worried about it and urged her to see someone. However, she has been told by multiple providers that it is simply a dry cough from the medication she is on.
She has been diligent on going to doctor's visits, and taking her medications. She is monitored periodically and has always returned with an all-clear. She recently had a mammogram a few weeks ago, and it came back all-clear as well.
Last week, she went to have an abdominal CT scan done, due to some liver numbers the doctor was concerned about. Everything looked good in the abdominal cavity, but they did notice a nodule on the lower lobe of one of the lungs.
They ordered her to come in to have a chest scan done. Their urgency on the matter is worrisome to me. Granted, yes, I would rather catch something early. But, I know that radiologists see these things all the time, and if they thing there is something to look into….it just worries me.
Now, upon doing my reading, which is what I do when placed in a panic…..a nodule of her size is typically nothing to be worried about. There is 1% chance of it being cancer. However…when it is in a patient with previous breast cancer diagnosis, those numbers skyrocket, and it is usually assumed to be metastases. And the size is much more concerning at that stage.
I don't know what to say….I think I just needed to vent. And worry out loud. I am praying that they don't find more when doing the chest x-ray. And obviously, I am also praying that the nodule is benign.
Any good vibes you can send my way is much appreciated. Bless you all!