I am a 42 year old retired firefighter. I'm a non-smoker, however I'm sure that I have inhaled my share of carcinogens. Now it seems that no good deed goes unpunished. Recently as part of a cancer screening I underwent a CT-Scan of my chest which revealed the following:
- several (more than 6) noncalcified pulmonary nodules, pleural-based in both lungs up to
4mm in diameter
- several calcified granulomas in both lungs up to 4mm in diameter
- in the left lower lobe there is a patchy density which is irregular and demonstrates a few air
bronchograms as well as focal areas of patchy platelike and subsegmental atelectasis.
The calcified granulomas I get, its the non-calcified nodules and the atelectasis I'm worried about. I assume that follow-up CT Scans are needed to check growth of the non-calcified nodules, and perhaps I would be in the early part of a stage 1 condition. But, the patchy density has me very concerned. what are my best options at this point?