Sarcoidosis or Lymphoma?
Hello. Found this board while doing some research.
For a few months now I've been undergoing quite a bit of testing. It all started with chest cold I just couldn't quite kick. While the major symptoms had gone away I still had a bit of a cough and some severe chest pain when breathing. Primary care physician thought it was some pleurisy from the chest cold and put me on prednisone. After coming off that, same symptoms returned.
Long story short I was sent to hospital for further testing, chest xray and cat scan show severely swollen lymph nodes in middle of chest (beyond an inch in diameter). Had a bronchoscopy/needle biopsy done with inconclusive results. While one doctor did tell me it was clear of cancer cells, the next surgeon told me that cancer had not been ruled out. This surgeon will be performing a mediastinoscopy. He said needle biopsy showed just the cells, but the mediastinoscopy will show how everything is reacting all together (cells and lymph nodes).
Doctors are leaning towards a disease called sarcoidosis, but say that lymphoma could be a possiblity. Family is afraid because we did have an uncle with Hodgkin's and they are afraid that I may also have it.
Anyone had experience with a situation where it could be sarcoid or lymphoma and how was it for you? Thank you so much!