I am curious and concerned about a few things. First, I am a survivor of breast cancer. NED in March. :) Second, I've had a few CT scans since December. The first was ordered after a lumpectomy and re excision and it was on this scan that lung nodules were discovered. They are 8mm or smaller and have just a little bit of growth. The growth is between 2-3mm in the past 6 weeks. One of the scans ( in June ) showed 2 new masses that remain indeterminate. The radiology report call these masses "multifocal lung parenchymal opacities". They measure over 1 cm. The last report on August 9 states these masses may be radiation related. This report also states a new right lower lobe opacity "which may represent an area of pneumonitis". Also, there is a note that reads "there is improvement (whatever that means) in the extent of the subpleural multifocal areas. What does improvement mean in this context?
Since I am considered "high risk" due to having cancer in the past (I was diagnosed just last August) I am quite nervous about the outcome of these nodules and masses.
Having the internet has given me more questions about multifocal lung parenchyma. I am learning that often times, it is BAC. My pulmonary care specialist did see this report and the CD when I visited him last week. (I see a thoracic surgeon next week) I had to be tested for asthma (which I now have). He was saying that I have some sort of pneumonia and I am taking antibiotics for 10 days. I asked "so I don't have cancer, right?" He just smiled and quietly said that there is still a chance I do have a new cancer. I read that the first line of treatment is to do the antibiotics, then have an xray of the chest (I do have one scheduled in a month) and then another CT scan. He said the scan would be ordered if the xray shows no improvement.
Honestly, I can't take anymore uncertainty. I just want answers so I can battle whatever it is that lurks in my lungs.
What is your take with this