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    Procedure or Surgery: Just got the negative for cancer result of my lung biopsy last week. The CT scan will be repeated in 3-6 months to look for any changes, though. I bled too much for the doc to do a second pass on the 9mm nodule; so much that the lab folks in the next room could get no info and even the patholigy result commented on the amount of blood present in the sample. Could this in any way be predictive of ANYTHING? Has anyone else had a similar experience and what were the longer term outcomes. I know that the small size of the nodule made the whole process difficult so far as determining an outcome.

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    Carol, I, too, saw your story due to Greg Ps post on your wall. I was not his caregiver (he didn't want one), but my ex-husband survived an aggressive colon cancer and a prostate cancer at the same time this past spring/summer. He went through both chemo and radiation. For a while, because the chemo ended up dropping his white cell count to zero, it was stopped for a while. He was really miserable, but determined to beat it for the sake of our 5 year old granddaughter. His follow up body scan revealed that ALL the cancer was gone!!! Take heart and encourage your BF to be compliant with his doctors' recommendations. My ex, who also has sickle-thalasemia disease was not a candidate for surgery except as a very last resort because the sickle-thal disease carries the possibility of death when given any general anesthesia.

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    Oh No (Not techincally diagnosed yet, but it's obvious with nodules in two lobes of right lung and one in left young that it is already spreading): Contrast CT scan of neck (for another problem) revealed (late October this year) an undetermined nodule in left lung. Full chest contrast CT performed in November revealed 3 nodules, which, while technically small, suggest definite cancer. Only real question it seems the biopsy willl add is what kind and maybe more staging. Chest scan shows a 9mm nodule at the apex of the right lung that will not enhance, "is not detectably calcified," and "must be considered a neoplasm unless proven otherwise." Also, an 8mm nodule that is 3mm deep is at the fissure of the lower right lung; a third nodule is 4mm in the upper left lung. Have just finished reading both the NSCLC and the SCLC papers provided to me this afternoon by the American Cancer Society. From that, the presence in multiple lobes and both lungs having nodules is an automatic Stage IV. Any chance I'm wrong about that?

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