I am 64 yrs old , I had pnemonia in November and they found a " spot " on my left lung and suggested I follow up which I did and now its January and it is 2 cm and Dr said he is " very very " concerned and that it doesnt look good, I have been a smoker for 40 plus years and am scheduled for biopsy on the 31 st , saying Im scared is an understatement, I am diabetic and have copd does anyone know if I would still be able to have treatment
The types of treatments you can have depends on a lot of things, including the stage of cancer (if that's even what this is) and your overall medical problems, including the severity of your COPD.
If your biopsy does show cancer and all you have is a 2 cm nodule without lymph node metastases, and without metastases to other parts of your body, you would have a stage I (early-stage) cancer. You should ask your doctor to order a PET scan to help stage the cancer (again, if that's even what this is) and to refer you to a thoracic surgeon.
If you are a candidate for surgery, a lobectomy offers a good chance of long-term survival from early-stage lung cancers. If your lung fuction is not good enough for surgery, you may be a candidate for radiation and chemotherapy, or stereotactic radiosurgery such as CyberKnife.
Thank you so much, that helped a lot, I guess its the waiting thats so terrible actually its shear torture, I went for my pulmonary test and think I did okay , my copd is not real bad but my diabetes is I go Monday for my biopsy and back to the Dr Feb 9th for the results and in the meantime I am trying my best to quit smoking, I am down to 3 a day from 2 packs, its very hard after 40 plus years but I realize I HAVE to do this and I WILL,so thank you again and I will let you know the outcome