Entering my overtime year of Stage 1 Lung Cancer, radiologist’s impressions of lymph nodes in my right lung scare me.
For example when I named my reported ’13 mm right-sided subcarinal adenopathy’ “Bob” it became less scary. Bob seemed to enjoy playing hide and seek with scans and radiologists. He was there one time and gone the next before fading into right lung mythology.
In July, 4 months after successful lung cancer surgery to remove the tumor from my left upper lobe, multiple sightings of “Medea” and “Hi” were reported in the opposite lung. “Medea” (aka mediastinal) and “Hi” (aka hilar) did not meet size criteria, in a sense they were D-List lymph nodes. The CT scan was considered NED (no evidence of disease).
My next 4 month follow up CT scan in November was labeled from “not bad news” to “inconclusive” due to respiratory inflammation from chest cold.
Bottom line “Medea” was off on vacation. A new big and bad “Hi” (of 17 mm) was reported seen in my right lung twice the size of her previous D-list cousins hanging out with a new “Bob” (of 14 mm).
The question became is this observed opposite lung lymphadenopathy simply lymph nodes doing what they are supposed to do and reacting to respiratory inflammation or a harbinger of something worse.
A CT scan “do-over” was scheduled for Dec 31 to make use of my health insurance before my high-deductible reset … unfortunately that never happened.
Now I mumble banishing spells as I drift into sleep at the lymph nodes that go bump in my lung.
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My Lung Cancer Odyssey @ http://lung-cancer-survivor.blogspot.com/