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Could this be lung metastasis

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    GerryG
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      I had results from recent CT scan today.
      Report didn’t mention melanoma, but inflammation on both lungs(ground glass opacity) A repeat scan scheduled for 3 months. I am 5 years post ipi/nivi treatment and NED.
      Has anyone else had this experience? If so what was the outcome.
      Feeling sick with worry…
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        Bubbles
        Participant
          Hi Gerry,

          As you know, melanoma is of the devil and can do most anything… However, “ground glass” appearance is a term often used by radiologists to describe pneumonitis – which is literally inflammation of the lungs. It is not a term used to categorize tumors. Pneumonitis and wheeze/dry cough are fairly common side effects of immunotherapy. Not sure if you experienced any of that when you were on therapy. I did and that is how my lungs were often described though I was post melanoma lung mets which were removed surgically before I started immunotherapy. Pneumonitis can be caused by many things – irritation from drugs, colds, flu, covid, pollution, asthma, etc. If there are no symptoms, then no treatment may be needed. If nagging cough or wheeze are present then inhalers like those used for asthma patients can be very helpful. If extreme, steroids and other drugs may be needed. Also, in the words of the Wizard, Dr. Weber, regarding immunotherapy – “This stuff is weird!” My last dose of immunotherapy was in June of 2013 and I still have occasional flares of the same joint pain I experienced then, flares of rashes, and pretty consistent dry mouth. So…all that to say, try not to worry too much and I think it is good that they are planning to do a follow up scan in 3 months.

          For what it’s worth – celeste

          GerryG
          Participant
            Thank you Celeste for your response, very much appreciated.
            I have researched Ground Glass Opacities in lungs, and it looks like not typical of metastatic lung melanoma, as usually it manifests as a solid tumour. As you say melanoma plays it’s own game of Witchery!
            If it wasn’t for the CT scan, I would be totally oblivious to any underlying condition.
            Thank you once again from not too sunny Scotland…
            JudiAU
            Participant
              Any chance you’ve had Covid? I’ve heard that description used many times. I now know so many weird and fascinating/icky facts about my body from being scanned so frequently.
                GerryG
                Participant
                  I did have Covid way back in January, but very mild symptoms.
                  I have been reading a lot of past posts on this forum and GGO seems to crop up, so not a completely unexpected phenomenon.As you say when your been scanned on a regular basis, things appear that would be undetected in the general public! I suppose if it turns out to be something, it will have been detected early enough, which is the purpose of the CT.
                  Many Thanks for your response, very much appreciated…
                  G
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