A 64-year-old female asked:

Found 3cm mass in left lung, ct confirmed. pet ct showed 2 spots in pleura that light up but mass in lung did not. rats to biopsy 2 spots scheduled but not for the mass. is this standard procedure?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
The first step to see if there is malignancy or not would be to biopsy the lesions that light up in the PET scan. Hopefully, getting these lesions biopsies will be enough to determine the diagnosis so you can begin the proper treatment. If these biopsies do not determine the diagnosis, it may be necessary to biopsy or remove the 3cm mass. Best of luck-hoping everything is benign!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Apr 21, 2023


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.