I was going for lung scans on a routine basis at the advice of my doctor. My mom died of lung cancer from secondary smoke, or something not known; she did not smoke. I stopped smoking in 1994.
After a routine scan, the doctor called me and said the scan was not clear, or done exactly as he wanted, and he wanted another one as soon as possible. He then called and wanted to see me to discuss the scan. He informed me that he was going to get an expert to read it, because he wanted assistance in the reading and this expert would know the reading of the scan definitively. After the reading was confirmed, the doctor advised that I get a biopsy, which confirmed that I had lung cancer. My doctor recommended that I see another physician.
I started to see a new doctor, who was amazing and so gentle that I was convinced that she did not want more tests or opinions. My new doctor was the only one I would see from then on. After the operation in October 2014, I saw my doctor on my follow-up schedule, and I was very fortunate that she did the scan and operation. My post-operation care has been terrific. My family and I are so thankful for the routine scan, or else my course would have been unknown.
First published: August 30, 2017