Diagnosed before Bronchoscopy??
Hi, new to forum and really scared right now.
My Mum has been suffering with a wretched cough for weeks. Been through the usual- cough medicine, hayfever treatments, anti-biotics all with no result. She had an x-ray that led to a CAT scan and had the results yesterday.
She has been told that she had a tumour in her lung, that it is cancerous, and that she has 'spots' on her liver. She has also been told that surgery is not an option (as they don't know whether it is secondary??) and that she is having a bronchoscopy tomorrow in order to determine what chemotherapy she is having!!
I am very much uninformed about this and haven't really any idea of diagnosis and prognosis.
What I am wondering (for now!) is -
Is it possible to diagnose lung cancer straight from a CAT scan?
Is it possible to rule out surgery straight from a CAT scan?
How will they deduce what is on her liver?
I am concerned that they have ruled out surgery before a biopsy, and wasn't aware that it could be diagnosed 100% cancer from a CAT scan (thought they would need biopsy results?)
I'm very confused and very scared for my Mum, she is only 52 years old and is scared herself. She is petrified about the whole thimg, esp Chemo and I'm trying to understand the process for her.
Plaese help if you can, sorry if I'm missing the obvious.