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I am in Greece visiting my husband who is currently living here to care for his ailing father. My husband is 61, a 30+ yr. smoker (still smoking). A few weeks ago, he inhaled fumes from bleach + ammonia and next few days felt pain in his throat and chest from it. Then a tiny bit of blood appeared daily in his morning little bit of phlegm he coughs up. (never had any trace of blood prior to this) Took 9 days of methylprednisolone (32 grams tapering down to 4mg) Helped but still little smear of blood in phlegm. Had CT scan, but as it's in Greek, I couldn't read it. What I DID see on it is a 2.3 cm measurement and another measurement (looks like an area defined) ie. 2cm x 3 cm x 8 cm)
The drs. over here are not like drs. in the U.S. -- they don't go over all the details with the patient. So, pulmonologist only said he should have Bronchoscopy done this Tues. (in 2 days) -- He had bloodwork and gave a sputum sample on Friday.
QUESTION 1 -- is it more logical/prudent to put off the Bronchoscopy now, and do a repeat CT scan in 2 months to see if any change to whatever it is they see ? and THEN if change is seen to proceed to Bronchoscopy?
Since my mother's lung cancer surgery seeded the cancer thru her pleura and outside body on left rib, I am now nervous about if they do a biopsy during the bronchoscopy, it could spread the cancer if it is cancer, as I have read a lot more cases and opinions that say poking/cutting/biopsying any tumor runs the risk of spreading it, so I only want him to get it done if absolutely necessary.
QUESTION 2 -- IF the sputum testing shows cancer cells, would they still need to do a Bronchoscopy/biopsy?
It would be difficult, but if need be he can come back to U.S. Ias has insurance) for bronchoscopy or other treatment.