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myhearthurts 02-08-2007 01:59 PM

what does the ct results mean? cancer?
I had an auto accident 1/10/07 (hit a tre at 70+ mph), I was unconcious and the hospital took alot of tests. I had no broken bones and only a concussion.
My doctor got the results 2/7/07 and told me he can not treat me for the accident until I find out what the results mean.
I had a ct w/ contrast on 1/10/07 of my lungs (ribs were not broken or fractured) and it says there are multiple irregular densities on the right upper lobe , posssibly representing foci of pneumonia or pulmonary contusions. The is a 1/2 inch oval nodular density in the upper right lobe, which may represent a pulmonary contusion, focus of pneumonia or a true mass lesion.
IMPRESSION: right upper lung field densities may represent pulmonary contusions, foci of pneumonia or and overlying lung nodule. Reevaluation and follow up is advised.
We recommend that locm to be used in this patient instead of ionic contrast material.

I used to airbrush cars(etc) and never wore a mask. I refinished my floors sanded them and stained them a year ago w/o using a mask, I have been exposed to 2nd hand smoke my whole life and started smoking a year ago..I had a larg basal cell tumor removed from my throat in 2003. Both my grandparents died from cancer ( one had lung cancer and one had colon cancer). my father was told last year that he has masses in his lungs but wont get it checked out. I am only 22, since 1/10/07 until now I have gone from 143 lbs to 129lbs, my chest still hurts increasingly and feels like its not "healing" from the crash. I get sick when I eat, had a low grade fever for no reason for the past 3 mons....What are the chances that I have lung cancer? what do the ct scan results mean?I am a bit scared....

Janmarie2 02-08-2007 03:45 PM

Re: what does the ct results mean? cancer?
It is hard to say what your CT results mean except that there is something there in your lungs that needs to be check out further and if I was you I would not wait. It could just be a contusion which is sort of like a bruise in your lungs from the accident, but on other hand you have exposed your lungs to alot of bad things for such a young person.

If it turns out to be cancer your accident may have been a blessing in disguise as it may have found it at a very early stage when it is still curable. Most the people I have met over the years that have survived lung cancer for 10, 20 30 years had it caught early usually do to an Xray or CT being done for some other reason.Then they had sugery and some had chemo and or radiation and some had neither but because it was caught early they survived and went on to live normal lives.

As to your age well the sad new is someone as young as you can have lung cancer. There is a female olympic skater that was I think 20 when she learned she had lung cancer. It is now 9-10 yrs later and she is alive and skating and has been doing so for a number of years. So even though it is frightening make sure you get it checked out as maybe it will be gone and maybe it is still there.. Not waiting could be the difference of life or death and at 22 you have alot of living to do. I will send lots of prayers your way that this is nothing more then a pulmonary contusion. JanMarie

Let this be a wake up call that you really do need to start wearing masks when you are working with chemicals that have fumes that can damage your lungs as not only do you have cancer to worry about but pulmonary fibrosis which is deadly and very crippling to someone with it when it is in the later stages.

myhearthurts 02-08-2007 05:11 PM

Re: what does the ct results mean? cancer?
I called a pulmonary specialist like the hospital told me to. They gave me an appointnent for march 9th. They also told me to get another ct scan done before I go , so they can do a comparison and save time. They said they would be able to do a biopsy when I go to the specialist if it wasnt an actual contusion. the lady on the phone at the specialists office told me it is highly unlikely that the results were from the impact of my accident especially since no ribs or bone were fractured/broken.
It weird because the guy I used to dat a year ago had cancer, I knew it. He refused to get it checked out. I believe it was of the colon. I prayed for the cancer to go away and if someone had to have it give it to me and take it away from him, everynight since I knew about it. His cancer is gone and he is doing chemo.

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