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I have been a very heavy smoker for 23 yrs and terrified of lung cancer.

I am a 33yo female, 66 195 lbs. I have been a very heavy smoker for 23 yrs and have been experiencing severe pain under my right breast that goes through to my back and has recently began radiating to my shoulder . I also have overwhelming chest pressure against my sternum. CXR s show blunted costrophrenic angle and CT in 3/11 found a lung nodule 1.9cm x 2.6 cm (right lung) and a pericardial cyst. Have been trying to quit smoking and have made it to half pack a day from 3 packs a day. I cough up clearish/greenish phlegm that is sticky and hard (cylindrical balls) and has brown specks in it. My Dr doesn t seem concerned because of my age but most people don t start smoking at 10 or smoke 3 packs a day. I have had this severe pleuritic pain for a year constantly. I have many of the early lung cancer symptoms but no weight loss , instead I have gained weight. My grandfather died at 64 yo within 9 months of dx and he was a chain smoker as well. I am terrified and I know that the sooner it is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. I have 2 disabled, special needs children and want to live to see them into adulthood. My Dr hasn t given me any lung function tests and has never checked for asthma, COPD or anything else. I am in med school and the PFT we did there gave me a lung age of 80. My instructor calls me COPD because I can t laugh without choking or coughing. I am in the process of getting a new physician but it s a waiting game because of insurance. Any advice? I just want to live long enough to see my children become adults (youngest is 7). Thank you very much!!
Asked On : Sun, 12 Jun 2011
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SEE MIS,RIGHT NOW,YOU HAVE DIAGNOISD AS PRIMARY LUNG CANCER,IN THIS CASE, IN GENERAL TERMS ''CANCER IS IRREVERSEBEL ABNORMAL MULTIPLICATION OF CELLS''CA IN SITU IN SOME PLACES IN BODY ARE REVERSIBEL LIKE CA CERVIX,MOUTH CANCERS ETC------- BEST OPTION IS RADIOTHERAPY TO PREVENT IT SPREADING ACROSS,&(METASTASIS) DISTANT ORGANS IN BODY.QUIT SMOKING WILL RESULT IN DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT OF REST OF LUNG,SO YOU WILL BE FIT FOR RADIOTHERAPY&SIDE EFFECTS DOESN'T AFFECTS YOU MUCH.CONSOLOGIST ONCOLOGIST AFTER FINAL OPNION FROM PULMONOLOGIST.GOD BLESS U,ALL THE BEST.
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