Jul 25, 2019 Latest post:
Jan 30, 2020
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I'm sure you know that Dad has been a lifelong smoker and that it has taken a heavy toll on his body; he's had heart and lung issues for some time now. In order to keep an eye on his lungs, he has had a lung CT scan every 6 months, which is pretty common these days for those at risk for lung cancer and in particular to keep an eye on nodules that have been present in his lungs for some years. He also came down with pneumonia several times a year, so chest x-rays were done regularly as well.
It's safe to say his lungs were closely monitored--dad is great about regular doctor appointments, too.
November 2018's CT scan vs April 2019's CT scan showed a change in one of the nodules in his left lung, in the upper lobe. It had doubled in size and had irregular edges, so it was time to get things checked out.
I made an appointment with a pulmonologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and we got started.