Doctor insights on: Could a 3 cm lung mass be cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I have mass in my left lung. 5 cm. Are all masses cancer or could be something can live with. I'm not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

I have mass in my left lung. 5 cm. Are all masses cancer or could be something can live with. I'm not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

Could be other: With your history and age, the possibility of some fungus or other infectious process is a good possibility. Not all masses are cancer and even if this were to be such you are not doomed. Whatever it is, you need to diagnose what the mass represents and treat it. See a pulmonary specialist ASAP as infectious masses can be as problematic as cancer masses. Not getting a diagnosis is the bad thing. ...Read more

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Lung pleural mass 5 cm. Pet show no evidence of cancer. Solid mass. Do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is. Really confused?

Lung pleural mass 5 cm. Pet show no evidence of cancer. Solid mass. Do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is. Really confused?

Biopsy?: That is very good news the PET scan does not suggest the presence of cancer I'd still recommend the mass be positively identified. At that point your doctors will be able to counsel you better as to whether it should be removed or not. If you'd like a 1-1 consultation to discuss this please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make a calendar appointment ...Read more

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What are the risks of lung biopsy surgery.? I have mass 5 cm in left lung and it's not cancer and so confused about the surgery. .

What are the risks of lung biopsy surgery.? I have mass 5 cm in left lung and it's not cancer and so confused about the surgery. .

Biopsy low risk: Any 5 cm mass in the lung should be removed, as there is risk that it could have cancerous elements even if the biopsy was negative. If you are otherwise healthy, a surgical biopsy carries low risk of major complication (<1%). With that said, pain, recovery time, and complication rates can be affected by the approach the surgeon takes. A minimally invasive (vats) approach has advantages ...Read more

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Plureal Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence of cancer. What is that. Is it fungus or worm or what I should do. Wheezing?

Plureal Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence of cancer. What is that. Is it fungus or worm or what I should do. Wheezing?

Pulmonologist: The possibility of a mass requires more diagnostics, with your symptoms it is possible its pnemonia, much less concerning than a cancer mid-lung. Scanning can help, but a pulmonologist can decide the right test to reduce fear and misdiagnosis. Hopefully you are using a broncholdilator among the medications you are using. The pulmonologist can direct specific therapy and help treat what you have ...Read more

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My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

My mom has stage 4 metastatic cancer of lungs, but primary is unknown. Her gallbladder mass, ca is 19.9 which is high but her liver is alright. She got a CT scan done three months ago and her gallbladder seemed fine. Could it be gallbladder cancer?

Gb unlikely: Your mother has stage IV cancer with mets to lung. I am sorry. If a ct showed the gallbladder normal 3 months ago then it is unlikely. Knowing if it is adenocarcinoma or squamous may help. But focusing on the forward progress and implementing a plan she wants is the most important thing. A supportive family and a clear goal. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Mass in lung 5 cm. Biopsy was insufficient. Not smoker or have chronic coughing or fever. But have high wbc and asthma. How to make sure its nt cancr?

Mass in lung 5 cm. Biopsy was insufficient. Not smoker or have chronic coughing or fever. But have high wbc and asthma. How to make sure its nt cancr?

Cancer less likely: Cancer is less likely but inflammation cause cause this like vasculitis, or a hypereosinophilic syndrome or an infection could be in these circumstances. You can be evaluated by a pulomnary specialist ...Read more

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Can a lung mass mean cancer?

Can a lung mass mean cancer?

Not always: But it should be evaluated. Depending on it size and appearance, your doc may be more or less inclined to get a biopsy. I'm assuming he/she will if it is a "mass" and not a "tiny nodule" but not much more can be said with the info provided. Make sure you see your family doc and he/she will decide on the next step. If you smoke, this is the time to quit. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer " mass" look like on an xray?

What does lung cancer " mass" look like on an xray?

Density: The tumor is dense so it blocks x-rays and shows up as a white circular mass on x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

Yes: The large majority of lung masses in non-smokers are old scars. In my part of the country, it's usually histoplasmosis, but a variety of other inflammatory or bnign neoplastic situations can give a lung mass. The radiologist can usually tell whether cancer is a possibility and if so, the pathologist will need to get tissue. Good luck and thanks for asking. ...Read more

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HILAR MASS LESION IS SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER? What is the best medicine to remove hilar mass lesion.

HILAR MASS LESION IS SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER? What is the best medicine to remove hilar mass lesion.

Concerning: There's no easy answer, Albert. A hilar mass may be lung cancer, or it may be trivial. Here in Kansas City, most of us have old histoplasmosis scars walling off fungi in our pulmonary hila. There's no pill to take just now. Find out the diagnosis and good luck. ...Read more

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Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Liver mass: No. Lung and liver nodules are common findings on ct scan. Depending on clinical setting no treatment may be indicated other than a follow up ct. In some cases where suspicion is high, a biopsy is needed to rule out or rule in cancer. ...Read more

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Lung cancer study's are outdated my pop has stage 3 recommended chemo to shrink mass and maybe surgery. Crazy how answers and outcome are unknown!

Lung cancer study's are outdated my pop has stage 3 recommended chemo to shrink mass and maybe surgery. Crazy how answers and outcome are unknown!

Stage3: Stage 3a and stage 3 b ate treated with chemo-radiation followed by possible surgery. 5 year survival for 3a is 25%. For 3b 5 year survival is 10%. Occasional patient can beat these odds. It depends on the cell type and differentiation of the tumor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march. Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo. Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back. Lymph, prognosis?

Friend diagnosed stage 4 inoperable lung cancer and adrenals in march. Did 6 rounds aggresive chemo. Lung mass shrank but in 3 months back. Lymph, prognosis?

Stage IV lung CA: We really have no treatment that will get rid of lung ca that has spread beyond the lung. Stage iv. Treatment can sometimes slow things down but often doesn't even do that. Ca that has become visible on x-rays after only 3 months is very fast growing...You should spend as much time with your friend as you can, now. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but I think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Bronchoscope Dr said No cancer this am so what could it be if Hiler mass & Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy in lung? Tissue sent out after pathologist check

A few possibilities: Several things other than cancer can cause such abnormalities. Various infections and sarcoidosis come to mind. There's no way for a forum doctor to say anything more. The doctor (s) treating you or who did the bronchoscopy are the best to ask. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more