C-Scan tomorrow...hopefully no mass in esophagus

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tracks83
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   Posted 2/13/2012 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I have been apart of this forum for some time. I don't post much but I do read it everyday.
Tomorrow I'm getting a cat-scan done of my chest to see if there is a mass growing in my esophagus. Very nervous. Over the past weeks it feels as if I have a lump right behind my breast bone.
I have suffered from gerd for 10 years. I don't know if there is a correlation but I had the displeasure of watching my father suffer and die of cancer in my arms. The stress of that whole situation had deteriorated my health.
I sat in the hospital with him day in and day out. The only thing I ate was subway and Dunkin donuts. I came back to NY with heart problems and blood work revealed that cholesterol is terrible and the pain I was feeling in my heart was stress induced.
Since that my gerd has gotten worst. Example; I get up in the morning with an empty stomach. I drink a glass of water and take my nexium (40mg). I get heartburn from that. When I wake up I feel pressure in my esophagus behind the breast bone.
I have an appt with my gastro in March and an endoscopy in April.
After seeing my father go through cancer I asked if I could get a c-scan just to give me peace of mind.
After 10 years of acid hitting the same spot in my stomach I'm afraid cancer could show its ugly face.

stkitt
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   Posted 2/13/2012 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I am so sorry to hear about your Father's death and I understand exactly how you feel.  I also watched my Father suffer through the dreaded cancer ( pancreatic cancer ) and he died in my arms in the hallway of the radiology department waiting for a scan.  Take comfort in knowing you were there for your Father and he was not alone. 
 
I think you have a right to feel afraid and I am glad you are advocating for yourself by asking for the scan.  My sister died of ovarian cancer in 2009 after a 10 month battle and like you I was with her throughout the whole time.  The first thing I did upon a visit to my own PCP after her death was to ask for the CA-125 blood test to screen for ovarian cancer and I have one done every years. 
 
I also ate whatever during this 10 month period and besides my PPI I was eating Rolaids by the bottle full. smhair
I will say a prayer that the CT scan is normal and when you see your GI he will have some great input for you.
 
Again, my deepest sympathy to you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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steppingstone
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   Posted 2/14/2012 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Tracks, I just wanted to say that I hope everything goes well with your c scan today, and that you get a clean bill of health. I know that I always worry that the years of reflux will finally take their toll on my esophagus.

MrRoundel
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   Posted 2/14/2012 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you with your test. I pray that good news from your test will quickly ease your burden. Keep the faith.

tracks83
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   Posted 2/14/2012 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all. I'll keep you updated. Hopefully I have good news.
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 2/14/2012 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Tracks...I understand your concern. I hope to hear good news from you soon about your test.

tracks83
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   Posted 2/17/2012 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
The good news is that my esophagus is clear of any mass or obstruction. Negative results on that. However they found a lung nodule on my upper right lung approx 5mm in size.
Life is a son of a b@#$H!!! Not only do I sit here suffering like the rest of you with gerd and trying to cope and lead a normal life. I have to monitor my barretts bc you never know if cancer will show its face. Then to watch my father get defeated by lung cancer and watch him die in my arms. Now I have to worry about a whole other organ and monitor that to make sure it doesn;t turn to cancer. What else??
Im tired of all this. I still haven't gotten over that whole ordeal with my father and now I have this on my plate!!! Really?

The next person that tells me to be positive I think Im going to punch them in the face. How in the world can anyone be positive when you have to worry about two different cancers sneaking up on you and to deal with the magnificent pains of heartburn all day long???
 
Edit:  Removed JC from you comment.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/17/2012 1:27:44 PM (GMT-7)


aeshleyrose
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   Posted 2/17/2012 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Tracks,

I can't even imagine what you're going though. From what I have read, the vast majority of the time, a solitary nodule is benign. Of course you are very worried because of what you went through with your father, and I would be too. I am not telling you to be positive here, but try not to assume that it is malignant. It very well could be nothing.

What have the doctors suggested as a next step to properly diagnose it? You have a lot of very stressful things on your plate at the moment, and you have my sympathy. You're definitely getting it from all angles here and it is very unfair. I'm sorry you have to go through this.

Please keep us posted.
Ashley

stkitt
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   Posted 2/17/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
tracks,
 
I do understand your anxiety and your anger as I know this feels like you are getting dumped on majorly with way more then you can handle.
 
I won't tell you how to feel, positive or negative, but I will tell you that I lost my Father, all my Aunts and Uncles, and my sister and my brother to cancer.   It seems to run in our family.  I have had skin cancer but that in no way compares to finding a nodule on your lung.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that this nodule will be benign.
 
I will also tell you that I understand how you feel when you say can not handle  anymore bad news.  I have walked in your shoes way to often. 
 
Please know it is good to come here and let out your fears and your feelings of anger.  We will always be here to listen.
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Silas1066
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   Posted 2/17/2012 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
It is my understanding that there is a procedure to remove the affects of Barrett's espohagus, called radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus. You may want to look into this (I know I would).

Did the doctor say he needed to biopsy the nodule? If there is any doubt about that thing, push for a biopsy.

I know what it is like to lose a parent: my mother died of COPD in 2001, and the whole thing was awful.

GerdyGirl
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   Posted 2/17/2012 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I know you weren't up for the positive thoughts, but think of if you hadn't had the scan. You wouldn't have caught the nodule until much later. It's crappy news, but not much you can do about that now except figure out what it is and if you need to do anything.

steppingstone
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   Posted 2/18/2012 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Tracks, I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all of this. Given your family history, I think that I would insist on having a biopsy, also.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/18/2012 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Tracks-
I had an abdominal CT done in November of 2007. My GI called and said everything gastro wise looked good, but I need to see my PCP because they found a nodule on my right lower lobe. My PCP didn't even bother to see me and sent me straight to a surgeon. A great surgeon by the way, he is the one who just did my open redo in August.
Anyhow, he ordered another CT and we met again on Christmas eve. He gave me the options of repeating the CT every 3 months and see if it changes, biopsying it or removing it. His gut told him it was benign, but since I had been n the 1st Gulf War we decided to just remove it and move on from there.
Mine was said to be the size of a marble when they found it in late November and when he removed it on December 28th, '07 it was the size of a walnut with the husk still on it. Mine turned out to be benign and caused from mold spores native to the back swamp waters of the Mississippi river.

Find a good thoracic surgeon and go over your options. Praying yours is as mine was, just a benign growth.

Take care,
Bill
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/18/2012 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tracks,
 
Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you.  :-)
 
Kitt
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