Father diagnosed with chronic inflammatory lesion of the lung
It all started on April 19th 2009 when my dad underwent a formal checkup at a Cancer Detection Camp, which was held in Punjab National Bank in Karol Bagh, New Delhi. As we live in India, we received the report from the PNB Bank Karol Bagh branch on June 4, 2009 which showed blood tests and other tests which were negative but a chest x-ray revealed some irregular soft tissue densities and opacities and impression of the radiologist was (question mark) ? /left aortic calcification/pulmonary Koch's and further consultation with a chest/cardiac specialist was indicated.
After reading the above report, I decided to take my father to Delhi Heart and Lung Institute the next day, i.e., June 5, 2009 and one of the lung doctors there had a look on my dad's reports and told us that it is not clear and we need to do further diagnostic tests to determine the final diagnosis of these irregular opacities and tissue degradations. My dad is having moderate dry cough and no fevers, chills, loss of appetite, or weight loss, but it is important to note that he has found blood in the sputum or vomiting some time in the past, and is not sure of exact date of it happening.
The lung doctor of Delhi H&L Institute advised us to get a Thorax/Chest CAT scan with CT-guided FNAC done. We visited Bharat X-ray Clinic in Tilak Nagar, New Delhi on June 8, 2009 to get CT thorax with CT-guided FNAC done on my father. FNAC in medical terms is known as fine needle aspiration cytology in which some fluid is taken from the lesion for histopathological analysis.
The reports for CT thorax and CT-guided FNAC came back to our place on June 9, 2009 with the impression under FNAC of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY LESION of the lung with hemorrhagic background and some eosinophils and leukocytes. On CT, it read as showing cavitary lesions in both lung fields. I called up the radiologist and asked what it is and he told me that yes there is an old lesion in your father's lungs but it is not malignant or tumorous. You should consult a good chest specialist or lung doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.
The next day, June 10, 2009 which is today, I visited Heart and Lung Institute in Panchkuian Road again with all the reports of CT, even with sputum for AFB and the doctor over there saw those reports and suggested that up until now also there is no hard diagnosis could be made of this lesion and we need to do a bronchoscopy done. On further questioning that what do you think doctor that this lesion is all about, he told me that it is suggesting most likely tuberculosis but we cannot take risk because it has happened many times in the medical science that tuberculosis mimics lung cancer or lung CA, so better get the bronchoscopy done and then we will start the treatment.
I am very worried because of this and I would like you all my friends over here at hubpages to pray for my father that this lesion should not be a lung cancer because my family has gone through all the pains and sufferings of uterine cancer in my mother who died 13 years back and we do not have any strength left to fight this disease again. I know science is great but I also believe in God and know that praying to God really really helps.
As of today June 11, 2009, I have consulted three chest specialists from different hospitals and all are of the opinion of starting ATT antituberculosis drug for six weeks and then doing a CT scan again to check out if the lesion is reducing or not. I am starting ATT on my father from tomorrow.