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cincrazy
08-08-2011, 05:04 PM
I know there are some in the medical profession on this site, so that's why I'm going to post the following.

My father has had a low-grade fever for about 2 weeks. He had a full body scan Friday, and his doctor told him today he has a mass on his left lung. It's less than 2 cm in size. The rest of his blood work, body, checked out fine, but the mass was said to be suspicious, and they think it may be cancer.

They won't go into any more details because they don't know exactly what it is. They said his lymph nodes were a little swollen, but didn't say anything further than that.

Do any of you have any experience with something like that? Any of you know lung cancer survivors that could share a positive story? The family is reeling pretty bad right now. He's our rock. The pillar of our family. I can't imagine our lives without him.

Hoosier Red
08-09-2011, 09:24 AM
I know there are some in the medical profession on this site, so that's why I'm going to post the following.

My father has had a low-grade fever for about 2 weeks. He had a full body scan Friday, and his doctor told him today he has a mass on his left lung. It's less than 2 cm in size. The rest of his blood work, body, checked out fine, but the mass was said to be suspicious, and they think it may be cancer.

They won't go into any more details because they don't know exactly what it is. They said his lymph nodes were a little swollen, but didn't say anything further than that.

Do any of you have any experience with something like that? Any of you know lung cancer survivors that could share a positive story? The family is reeling pretty bad right now. He's our rock. The pillar of our family. I can't imagine our lives without him.

No expertise, only best wishes. I can only send whatever good thoughts I have his way and yours.

reds1869
08-09-2011, 09:31 AM
I will send my best wishes your way. My mother survived a bout with cancers of the kidney and liver last summer. She has previously had a brain tumor and breast cancer. She has fought hard and survived it all. Last week she was able to walk a long distance with us for the first time in years. I tell you this because there is always hope, even if the diagnosis ultimately comes back as cancer. You are in my thoughts.

cincrazy
08-09-2011, 12:22 PM
Thank you so much. We're pretty shaken up right now. My dad has hardly ever been sick. Never calls off work. Never is down, for one minute, mentally or physically. I think his positive mental attitude will be a great asset throughout this potential battle. 1869, I hope your mother continues her positive progress. What a remarkably strong woman.

cumberlandreds
08-09-2011, 01:23 PM
My best goes out to you and your family. My mother had cancer twice in her life and survived both times and still living well at 85. The key was catching the cancer early. She had ovarian and breast cancer.
It sounds like they caught it early with your father. Stay positive and strong and all will be well I'm sure.

medford
08-09-2011, 01:24 PM
no advice, but like others, prayers of good wishes and luck are heading your way. Hope everything turns out ok.

Caseyfan21
08-11-2011, 10:20 PM
Saw this on Facebook, Jon. Prayers to your family. Sounds like your dad is a fighter and can overcome this with the support of your family and friends. :thumbup:

Mario-Rijo
08-12-2011, 06:04 PM
Yeah little to go on here just my best to you and yours Jon. My grandmother recently had cancer on the back of her eye and had surgery for it and is doing pretty well, although her eye is still a bit bothersome she can still see out of it. And then a few months after the surgery a mass was found in her bowel track and was very scary because we automatically assumed the worse but it turned out to be non cancerous and she had it removed just a few weeks ago. But it was beneficial for us all not to get ahead of things, and think positive. Hope the best for him and you.

cincrazy
08-12-2011, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the well wishes guy. The biopsy went well. He's in pretty good spirits. The radiologist told us statistics favor my dad not having lung cancer as opposed to having it. So the odds are in his favor. Praying for the best. Should know Monday or Tuesday. Thanks again for the thought and prayers!

Mario-Rijo
08-12-2011, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the well wishes guy. The biopsy went well. He's in pretty good spirits. The radiologist told us statistics favor my dad not having lung cancer as opposed to having it. So the odds are in his favor. Praying for the best. Should know Monday or Tuesday. Thanks again for the thought and prayers!

Good to hear, stay positive. :thumbup:

Plus Plus
08-13-2011, 01:41 AM
Thoughts and prayers are with you, Jon.

wlf WV
08-13-2011, 02:27 PM
I have said a prayer for your family.God Bless

cincrazy
08-18-2011, 07:39 PM
No cancer! Thank God. It's a fungus on his lung that can be successfully treated with medicine. Never been happier in my life. Thanks so much for all the prayers.

Hoosier Red
08-18-2011, 08:14 PM
Fungus has never sounded so good. That's great news!

RichRed
08-19-2011, 12:57 PM
Hooray, fungus! Great news, cincrazy.

cumberlandreds
08-22-2011, 12:59 PM
No cancer! Thank God. It's a fungus on his lung that can be successfully treated with medicine. Never been happier in my life. Thanks so much for all the prayers.

Now you can kid with him and tell him "There is a fungus among us." That's great news! No cancer is the best news anyone could receive.

reds1869
08-22-2011, 01:05 PM
Tremendous news, glad to hear it!

SunDeck
08-22-2011, 08:24 PM
Glad to know it's not cancer. That has to be an attention getter. Best wishes to your pop!

medford
08-23-2011, 12:42 PM
Any chance, and I know I'd butcher the name of the disease so I'll go w/ the layman terms name, the birdpoop fungus? Basically where you somehow come in contact w/ bird poop fumes, that travel thru your lungs then manifest itself into some sort of fungus in the body? My brother-in-law had something similar, it took the doctor's a month or so to finally figure out what it was, but there was a period where I wasn't sure he was going to make it (he has other related medical issues that we thought were somehow related) Anyhoo, once he got the medication, he started feeling better almost instantly. While still a "rare" desease, I guess its most common in the Ohio Valley.

cincrazy
08-23-2011, 03:13 PM
Any chance, and I know I'd butcher the name of the disease so I'll go w/ the layman terms name, the birdpoop fungus? Basically where you somehow come in contact w/ bird poop fumes, that travel thru your lungs then manifest itself into some sort of fungus in the body? My brother-in-law had something similar, it took the doctor's a month or so to finally figure out what it was, but there was a period where I wasn't sure he was going to make it (he has other related medical issues that we thought were somehow related) Anyhoo, once he got the medication, he started feeling better almost instantly. While still a "rare" desease, I guess its most common in the Ohio Valley.

Yes! He has something very similar. I believe the name is histoplasmosis? But I know it's from bird droppings, pigeons and bats. The doctor told him he has a pretty good case of it so he must have come into direct contact with it. The first round of medicine they put him on didn't do much for him, but a new medicine he started a few days ago has finally made his fever go down without Tylenol (first time in over a month).

Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers everyone. However, while we're ecstatic over the news of our father's health, we found out a dear family friend has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. My dad's taking it pretty hard and has a tremendous feeling of guilt, wondering why her and not him. It's tough for us to watch, coming off the intial glee then getting that news. Just horrible. So pray for her please. Maybe we'll see a miracle.

medford
08-23-2011, 03:34 PM
Yes! He has something very similar. I believe the name is histoplasmosis? But I know it's from bird droppings, pigeons and bats. The doctor told him he has a pretty good case of it so he must have come into direct contact with it. The first round of medicine they put him on didn't do much for him, but a new medicine he started a few days ago has finally made his fever go down without Tylenol (first time in over a month).

Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers everyone. However, while we're ecstatic over the news of our father's health, we found out a dear family friend has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. My dad's taking it pretty hard and has a tremendous feeling of guilt, wondering why her and not him. It's tough for us to watch, coming off the intial glee then getting that news. Just horrible. So pray for her please. Maybe we'll see a miracle.

Sorry to hear about your friend's father.

About your father, my brother in law started his antibiotics right about a month ago, he was well enough to ride the Beast, Diamondback, etc.. last thursday, so it appears once you start getting the medication you recovery pretty quickly. I don't think his settled in his lungs, I think the fungus spread out elsewhere in his body, don't remember where. My mother in law's friend had it settle up near her eye and it was like she was starting to go blind before they figured out the problem. Sounds like it can be pretty scary stuff when know body knows for sure what it is.

Larkin Fan
08-23-2011, 03:41 PM
Ohio is the Histoplasmosis capital of the world, so that's not surprising. Since you said that your dad has been in great health, he most definitely had to come into direct contact with a large amount of inoculum for him to even show any symptoms.

I could randomly pick out 100 Ohioans on any given day and test them for Histo and 90%of them would test positive for it. However, the majority of those people will never know that they are infected with it because it's very rare for a healthy person to show symptoms. When a person starts showing symptoms, it means they have a serious condition in which their immune system is impaired or in the case of your dad, they were exposed to a large amount of the pathogen of one time. It can be nasty to treat, but when they catch it early, like in the case of your father, they can effectively treat it with the right combo of meds. I'm really glad to hear that he's responding to the second treatment and that it wasn't cancer!