Luckily, I was able to get my PET scan within 2 weeks of the news that I had a lung nodule. If you are unfamiliar with a PET scan, it is pretty much a fancy CT scan in which they inject radioactive tracers into your body to determine where the radioactive glucose moves to in your body. The higher the activity, the more the cells in that area are growing and thus it may show cancer.
My results came back that the area of my lung nodule did not have any abnormal activity! This was the best news one could have at the beginning of the year, but the news fell a little short. Incidentally, they found high activity at my nasopharynx (which is located at the back of the nose at the top of the throat) as well as in the lymph nodes in my neck. This correlated with the areas that were enlarged and inflamed on my previous CT. My primary care doctor, pulmonologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, and new retinologist at UCLA (will talk about this appointment next) all wanted me to get a biopsy of the location. That being said, I had won myself a ticket to go to see another specialist who is an ear nose and throat doctor to get the biopsy. My appointment was scheduled for early February and the biopsy got scheduled for late February.