Kitty Has Primary Lung Tumor
Hi everyone, today has been kind of a rough day for me. I joined the forums because I am hoping there might be others who have had kitties with this problem and can provide me with advice and, maybe more importantly, support because I am incredibly upset right now.
My sweet baby, Edgar, is 13 years old. He has been in perfect health except for a little arthritis and a small primary lung nodule found during a routine chest xray during a senior wellness exam in November of 2014. We monitored with another chest xray in March at which time the nodule had remained the same size and which the radiologist deemed to be most likely a granuloma. There was no evidence of it having spread from somewhere else or that it spread to another area. Yesterday, he went in for his bi-annual senior wellness exam and chest xray. His doctor listened to his heart and lungs and everything sounded good. Blood, urine and xrays were taken and we were to get the results today.
His vet called this morning. Blood and urine were all completely normal but the xrays showed the nodule had grown very slightly from his March xray. The radiologist says that this minor growth in size makes it more likely that it is a tumor as opposed to a granuloma. She said there was still no evidence of it spreading to any other parts of his body. She and the radiologist both advised me that we monitor again with another chest xray in 4-6 months and haven't suggested going to an oncologist yet. Regarding malignancy, she said the only way to get a definitive answer is to do a biopsy.
He has not lost any weight (in fact, he is the exact same weight he was in March!), has a very healthy appetite, drinks well and is very active for a 13 year old. My husband and I both agree he seems happier and healthier than he has in years (despite the arthritis). I think that's why the news of the nodule growth has really hit me hard. I haven't stopped crying since I received the vet's call this morning.
My question is whether there is a chance this could be a benign tumor or if it could possibly still be a granuloma? Can granulomas grow? I know what the radiologist said but I'm just hoping beyond hope that maybe she is wrong and that it didn't grow, that maybe she miscalculated the size. I'm also wondering if his predisposition to kitty colds (which he has gotten since he was a kitten) may have lead to some scarring which could have caused the nodule.
I'm incredibly scared and worried right now. If any of you have experience with kitties with granulomas or primary lung tumors, I would love to know your experiences and hear your advice.