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Do Benign Lung Nodules Grow
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
Do benign lung nodules grow, and is it possible for a carcinoid not to have any growth in 8 months?
Yes: But there are very few truly benign solid tumors that occur in the lung. The only type seen with any frequency are hamartomas. Lung nodules that are made of scar do not generally grow except when they form, granulomas are burnt out infections that also don't grow. Any solid lung nodule that is increasing in size needs to be proven not to be cancer with biopsy ...Read more
Worried about a solid lung nodule 4 mm in 2009 and is now 7 mm, non calcified, smooth borders. Rad said it looks like benign soft tissue, possible granuloma. Do non calcified granulomas grow, and could a cancer grow at that growth rate?
Yes and yes.: Get an opinion from pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon regarding opinion about possible biopsy. It depends whether or not the benefits of biopsy outweigh its risks. ...Read more
Depends: If thoracoscopic wedge resection, usually 1 or 2 nights in hospital, and 1-2 weeks at home. .. If thoracotomy and/or lobectomy, then up to a week in the hospital and several weeks to a few months at home. ..;. ...Read more
Lung nodule didn't grow for 6 months and now 15% first 2months 10 the next and now 5%.Should it be operated on now or is it safe to wait 3months?
I wouldn't wait: A lung mass which is increasing in size is very concerning for cancer. Waiting a week or so probably doesn't make a difference but waiting 3 months would make me uncomfortable. You have already watched it for 9 months. Another 3 months means you have observed this lesion for a year! ...Read more
I ve multiple lung nodules, expecting key hole surgery to test it, if it comes out benign, later will dr be able to remove them or better to leave them?
Lung nodules: Can't be ignored. Some are more suspicious than others. Age, smoking ; other factors are key. Characteristics of nodule, like calcification, may suggest a benign cause. Surgical or needle biopsy can help define some nodules, but sampling error (missing what you aim for or biopsing a benign nodule when a malignant one may be lurking elsewhere) can occur. True benign nodules don't need to be removed. ...Read more
No: Asthmatic symnptoms are a response of the trachobronchial treee to an allergic response and is treated as such. Benign lung nodules are unrelated to any secondary allegric or IgG response ...Read more
What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?
Mostly none: In general, lung nodules benign and malignant are asymptomatic (without symptoms). That said, benign is more likely associated with infection. Thus symptoms such as infection and pneumonia may be present; fever, cough, etc.... Other symptomatic nodules may be from sarcoidosis. There is a large list of symptoms with sarcoid. ...Read more
Are subcentimeter lung nodules that have not changed in size since january assumed to be benign if they do not light up on a pet scan. All are 6 mm?
How often do benign lung nodules change to cancerous, or do they all turn over a period of time? D
Generally don't turn:
Key factor is change in size; benign nodules tend to stay roughly the same size over time, malignant nodules don't-they get bigger more rapidly. Benign nodules are common-aftermath of prior infection, inflammation, etc.
Smoker? Ex- smoker? Lived/worked with a smoker? Occupational exposures? Family history? All are factors to be considered. Get follow up with your md, and/or pulmonary specialist. ...Read more
What does it mean when a 1cm lung nodule has "small density", does that point toward Cancer? Or Benign?
Small density.: A 1 cm nodule is a small density. Most likely this is benign finding but additional info about appearance and history/ physical exam are important. Are you a smoker? What prompted the X-ray or CT? A 3 month follow-up film is likely needed if this is a new radiological finding. Talk to your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pulmonologist said a lung nodule I have is benign, I still feel uneasy about his answer, should I seek a second opinion? Nodule is 2 CM calcified
Biopsy: A calcified nodule is likley benign. You need to compare thx xray with an old film of your chest if you have. Ct of the chest is helpful. If any doubt tissue biopsy will confirm the nature of this nodule. If you are not comfortable with the response nothing is wrong with getting another opinion. ...Read more
I have multiple lung nodules with a history of oral cancer. Bronchoscopy was benign, but nodules could not be reached. Chances this metastatic?
Could be metastatic: Lesions of lung associated with oral cancer is not that uncommon. Higher possibility of such disease in lung would correlate better if cervical nodes had been present initially. Bx is essential to initiate therapy if needed. A PET/CAT could indicate possibility of lung mets. Thorascopic bx would be helpful for deciding on definitive management. ...Read more
Is a lung nodule which is 7cm in size not very big though described as benign by 1st CT scan with a 2nd CT in 6 mnths should I be concerned about 7cm?
Need to check: The report again. 7 cm or 7mm or 0.7 cm? If lesion really 7 cm, it needs work up now. If 7mm (same as 0.7cm) then 6 month follow up scan ok. ...Read more
Had a CT scan it showed a 7cm lung nodule it may be benign I'm going to have another CT scan in 6 months to see if it has grown I'm a little concerned?
Lung Nodules: Are very common and fortunately most of the time are benign. Many people actually have these and are unaware. There are certain characteristics of nodules such as size and appearance that may sometimes be more worrisome. Also, a history of cigarette smoking may be a cause for concern. 6 months is a standard screening period for lung nodules. ...Read more
If a lung nodule is malignant, would that show up in blood test, and how fast would it grow if its cancer lung nodule is calcified in center?
Hmmmm: There is no blood test that I know of top detect lung cancer. Radiographic studies are used to help with lung cancer diagnose. If youworry about nodule being lung cancer, please seek advice of your hometown physician. We can't make aa definitive diagnosis for you over the internet. Your doctor will be the healing hands. ...Read more
Lung nodule found 11/2013 docs say it begnin & it is to small to biopsy. It had calcification no signs show its Ca but still worried. Severe anxiety?
If your nodule is less than 1cm especially less than 0.5 cm, has a regular border, it's solid and pop-corn like then no reason to worry,
so another thing that your doctor could do if to repeat your imagining at 6-12 months base on your risk factors. Try to relax and repeat a CT scan around Novemebr or so if your nodule was 6-8 mm and you are non-smoker.
If you are smoker repeat it now. ...Read more
Can a radiologist usually tell if a lung nodule is benign or cancerous by seeing it on a ct scan?
To a certain level: There are a number of radiologic characteristics for lung nodules that provide either high or low suspicion for malignancy. However, for many lesions the patient will require a biopsy for definitive diagnosis. The pathological evaluation includes many biomarkers necessary to stratify treatment options. ...Read more
Had 6 negative CT scans for a benign lung nodule in my early 40s. Is my risk of cancer increased, by how much and how many years down the road?
Cannot predicy: If after all those CT scans there has benn no change in the finding, then the likelihood it is nothing to worry about. Your risk of cancer is not increased by this nodule or the CT. There are never any guarantees that you won't get cancer. A healthy life style without smoking and the like will certainly be in your favor. Good luck ...Read more
Benign biopsies in Nov. Chance of Cancer? Recent PET fu- 1.7 cm non calc. Lung nodule. Intensity greater than blood pool. Concern for malignancy. 2 mild FDG avid L hilar & L prevasc. Media. Lymph nodes. Concern for metastatic disease of L lung malign.
Can a stable over 4 yrs lung nodule at 5mm grow to 1.6 mm in 12 months or be effected by a dental injected sedative the day before CT scan?
Lung Nodule: An injected dental sedative has no effect on a lung tumor. A stable nodule may be a tumor, or it could be a scar from a previous localized infection. Most malignant tumors will grow considerably in 4 years; doubling in size in 12 months, however, raises the question that it is either a tumor in a growth phase or a granuloma or other form of chronic infectious process that should be followed up. ...Read more
Can breast (benign) calcifications show up as a 2 mm lung nodule on CT w/o iodine? So scared! Node on CT in Apr. 14 and Oct. 14. Recheck tomorrow.
Unlikely: Benign calcifications in the breast are common but they should not cause or be mistaken for a lung nodule. Lung nodules can have many causes and are not necessarily malignant but the are not generally associated with benign breast calcifications. Hope this was some help. Best of luck. ...Read more
2mm lung nodule lower left lobe - unrelated CT found it - on 1yr fu it's now 4mm. Any reason other than cancer it would grow? I just quit smoking.
Benign possibilities: There are many benign causes of a solitary pulmonary nodule. However, with a smoking history, you probably ought to have it biopsied, if possible, or even removed. This is to be certain that this isn't due to an early malignancy whose removal would likely be curative. Kudos to you for smoking cessation; keep up the good work. Good luck! See a cardiothoracic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
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