Sunday, March 14, 2010

Test Results

Over the past few weeks I have been undergoing a number of medical tests. They are tests I never expected to take because I don't have any symptoms of anything right now - but it turns out that it was a good thing my doctor insisted.

A little background - Six months ago I had walking pneumonia (and I had it for about 6 months). I did the treatment and the pneumonia disappeared. Last week I went in for a regular appointment with my doctor and everything looked great, but she decided to have me do a CT Scan just to check on the lungs. That night the doctor called me and said that she had set up an appointment with a specialist because she thought there was some scar tissue on my lung. I met with the specialist and he decided to run a PET scan. We did that and found out it was not scar tissue, but it look like it might be an infection in the lung. So more tests were scheduled.

The next step was a bronchoscopy, where they put a tube down my throat and looked around, they also took some pieces of tissue to biopsy.

On Friday we found out that I have lung cancer. This is a new thing for the doctor since I am under 40 and a non-smoker. He was very confused by it.

Now the good news is that this appears to be operable. There are three spots on one lung and they are in a row. There is a doctor I will be seeing in Madison who specializes in this stuff, so we will know more in a few weeks. It was also a blessing that we did the PET scan when we did, because we know that it has not spread - it is in one lung and it is very slow growing. There is an old X-Ray from 2008 which, when you look at it in hindsight, shows one of the spots. So this adds up to very good treatment options.

Over the next two weeks I will be doing a few tests and meeting with some doctors. As things develop I will be updating this blog.

Your prayers are appreciated.


Sandy said...

payers from all our family and friends. You are also on numerous prayer chains.

megan said...

You and your family will be in my prayers, Pastor Eric. What a shock, but I am so glad that you had those tests done when you did.

Megan (McPherson) Milbradt