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For A Brief Moment I Thought That I Had Lung Cancer

Everyone over the last week I had a health scare. some test results came back. It appeared that I might have a malignant node on one of my lungs. I braced myself for some bad news. A very senior lung specialist reviewed the result of my CT scan, He agreed with Elena’s preliminary diagnosis that it was,most likely, benign. I do a follow-up CT scan in 90 days but the prognosis is good.

There is an object lesson here and something that I want to share with all of you. The whole story behind this began one year ago when I had severe pain in the lower part of my abdomen. I insisted on a visit to the emergency room. Please this is a very unpleasant place to go to. One should only go there if they are really very sick.

A CT scan was performed. A small node was detected in one of my lungs. The emergency room doctor told me to follow up in one year with another CT scan. I noted this in my calendar.

When the day arrived for the follow-up I contacted my excellent primary care physician and went for a CT scan. This was when the larger nodule almost 1 centimeter in diameter was detected.

What they found could have been the start of lung cancer. It’s early detection would have led to me losing 1/3 of one lung but not my life.

Even with the best doctors and facilities one has to be a good patient. Watch details and do careful follow-up. As the actor Broderick Crawford used to say on the 1950’s television series Highway Patrol: “The life you save may be your own.”


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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