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Doctor insights on: How To Get Rid Of Lung Nodules

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How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

Depends: Depends on what caused the lung nodule. Even among cancers, there are different types with different prognosis. If it is lung cancer and you don't treat it, generally you will die from it but your life expectancy may vary greatly depending on the type and spread - from months to 5+ years. If it has not spread and you take it out, you have a good chance of being cured. ...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


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Can a few lung nodule disappear / cannot see in cxr over a year if you undergo treatment or something?

Can a few lung nodule disappear / cannot see in cxr over a year if you undergo treatment or something?

Yes: "lung nodule/s" is a radiographic finding and not a diagnosis. The presence of nodules does not indicate cancer and the vast majority of nodule are in fact benign (not cancer). They can be inflammation, infection, scar, and numerous other possibilities. As such, yes, many nodules to shrink, "resolve", and/or disappear. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt, what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule?

If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt, what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule?

Remove lung lesion: At age 34 attempt at cure should be made. If liver met small and primary already out, liver met to be resected or microwave ablated. Usually chemo is only of temporary value and if all fails, the FDA protocol for monoclonal antibody Neo102 is available for treatment of metastatic colon cancer having failed chemo. The small node and lung lesion can be removed by laparoscopy/thoracoscopy. ...Read more

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Can anything b done for a liver met, 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt? Primary removed

Can anything b done for a liver met, 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt? Primary removed

Metastatic colon CA: Typically, metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to organs/areas beyond where it started) is considered incurable. There are some exceptions; if colon cancer has a single metastasis to the liver OR a lung, then chemotherapy & surgical removal of the met might be successful (perhaps 50%).For more than one organ, chances are less, & treatment frequently shifts towards comfort if chances poor/none. ...Read more

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What to do for multiple lung nodules? Is there treatment?

What to do for multiple lung nodules? Is there treatment?

Yes: Make the diagnosis,
could be benign!
no treatment needed.
If malignant some are treatable once source is known.
Some kidney lesions with lung lesions have resolved as an example when primary removed. ...Read more

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Please tell me the treatment for calcified lung nodules?

Please tell me the treatment for calcified lung nodules?

Nothing: Calcified nodeuls are invariably benign. It's the bodies way of scarring a lung lesion. You should have someone following you with a few follow up scan to show now changes. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for calcified lung nodules?

It depends on: The pattern of calcification. If the nodule is completely calcified, then it is benign, and requires no treatment. If not, then depending on the pattern of calcification and other nodule characteristics, it may require biopsy, follow up, or possibly nothing. ...Read more

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My 62 yo father have Kidney RCC and metastasized to lung, nodules are seen in scans. Please explain Stage, treatment, life expectancy, outlook?

My 62 yo father have Kidney RCC and metastasized to lung, nodules are seen in scans. Please explain Stage, treatment, life expectancy, outlook?

Here are some. ..: Some 10% of RCC with spread to lung can make it up to 5 years. But, cancer grade under microscope and personal general health play the most important role to determine the survival, but it's still worthwhile to try the available options of Rx such as immunotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted Rx... For detailing, ask medical oncologist to collaborate with urologist or interventional radiologist... ...Read more

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Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Lung cancer: It would take longer than a few years of smoking to get lung cancer. But you can get cancer at any age and sometimes the cancer will spread into the lungs. ...Read more

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Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems. Surgery seems so?

Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems. Surgery seems so?

It depends: It depends on the patients medical history, smoking history, whether or not the nodule has grown over time, and what exactly it looks like. The patient's peace of mind is a factor as well. If a patient feels strongly that he would like a lung nodule removed that should factor into the equation also. ...Read more

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Why would a thoracic surgeon's assistant say he didn't understand why I was going to get my round lung nodule operated on? Should I go ahead with surgery?

Why would a thoracic surgeon's assistant say he didn't understand why I was going to get my round lung nodule operated on? Should I go ahead with surgery?

First ask: Your question raises concerns of inadequate communication between thoracic surgeon and you. You should first discuss with your surgeon the mixed message and your confusion on goals of surgery. To properly consent, you need to have reasonable understanding of indication (why), risks, benefits, and medically reasonable alternatives. ...Read more

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Had Ct scan found a 5.8mm lung nodule non calcified they said no follow up needed if non smoker I don't smoke should I get a Ct scan in a year?

Had Ct scan found a 5.8mm lung nodule non calcified they said no follow up needed if non smoker I don't smoke should I get a Ct scan in a year?

Technically, no: Fleischner Society Guideline Update 2017: Management of Solid Pulmonary Nodules now recommends that solid nodules 6 mm or less in diameter in low-risk adults >35 years old generally need no further follow-up. In higher-risk patients, a follow-up CT scan should be considered optional ...Read more

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Can radiologist tell by looking at ct scan if a lung nodule is cancerous my is 6mm he does not think no follow up needed should I get a follow up scan?

Can radiologist tell by looking at ct scan if a lung nodule is cancerous my is 6mm he does not think no follow up needed should I get a follow up scan?

Incidentaloma: There is a low likelihood of malignancy in subcentimeter nodules. To some extent there are important distinguishing factors - the benign appearance of calcification appearance, whether it is smooth, lobulated or spiculated and your personal smoking history. It is possible that the radiologist was able to make that call on features that made it likely benign, such that there was no decision needed ...Read more

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Lung nodules 7 mm are they a concern?

Lung nodules 7 mm are they a concern?

It depends: Not all lung nodules are alike. The odds that a nodule is cancer depends in the appearance and size of the nodule, the medical history of the patient, the smoking history of the patient, and how the nodule changes over time. Radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons are best qualified to determine the risk that a particular nodule is cancer. ...Read more

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If a person smoked, does that cause cancerous lung nodules?

Modules: Smoking increases the risk of developing cancerous lesions. But not every nodule in current or past smokers is cancerous. Every nodule must however be considered cancer until it has been appropriately monitored or biopsied to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Can small lung nodules be cancerous?

Can small lung nodules be cancerous?

Yes: Cancers do start out as small lesions/nodules. ...Read more

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Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

50%: A non calcified lung nodule has a 50%risk of being cancer. Diagnosis of cancer is made by pathologist on a microscopic slide of a significant biopsy size. Removal of the whole nodule provides the pathologist with adecuate specimen. Needle biopsy of a lung cancer will miss the diagnosis half the time. So if it is cancer by needle bx it is. Otherwise undiagnostic. ...Read more

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Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Maybe: Lung nodules smaller than 10 mm (3/8 inch) can be falsely negative on pet because of limitations of the technology. That means the uptake on the scan is not high enough to be suspicious even though the nodule is actually worrisome. However, some small nodules have enough uptake despite their small size. The pet is not a bad idea for a 6 mm nodule, and if positive, means aggressive evaluation. ...Read more

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I was wondering does mold cause lung nodules?

I was wondering does mold cause lung nodules?

Yes: Agree certain inhaled substances, including fungi can result in nodule development. All lung nodules require follow up and potentially more investigation based on history, findings, and criteria. ...Read more

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Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Yes, but: Calcification of a lung nodule frequently indicates that it is benign in nature. It is the noncalcified nodules that are most concerning for lung cancer. And thus the noncalcified nodules that more frequently meet criteria that prompts biopsy of the nodule. Appropriate treatment of lung nodules is best done at facilities with experience ...Read more

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What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

It depends: Not all lung nodules are alike. The odds that a nodule is cancer depends in the appearance and size of the nodule, the medical history of the patient, the smoking history of the patient, and how the nodule changes over time. Radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons are best qualified to determine the risk that a particular nodule is cancer. ...Read more

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Ir lung nodules are not cancer, what exactly are they?

Ir lung nodules are not cancer, what exactly are they?

Many things: Some are from trapped tissues from old infections such as pneumonia, some are old granuloma or set in inflammation that has died down (like a chalazion in the eyelids, or old scars. ...Read more

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Could aspirating a small piece of popcorn cause a lung nodule?

Yes: Inhalation of foreign bodies will initiate an inflammatory response from your immune system which can ultimately culminate in a calcified lung nodule on x-ray. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if benign lung nodules can cause asthmatic symptoms?

Wanted to know if benign lung nodules can cause asthmatic symptoms?

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

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My father was diagnosed with lung nodule. Should I be worried for him?

My father was diagnosed with lung nodule. Should I be worried for him?

Needs investigation: Lung nodule needs to be investigated to ascertain the underlying pathology. It may a residua of an old infection, an easily treatable infection or lung cancer. Worrying would not address the issue. Your father should see an internist or a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

Tissue biopsy: At least 50% if non smoker over that if smoker. Need to perform excisional or incisional biopsy and cultures for the pathologist to determine what is it. ...Read more

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Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Often but not perfec: Often there are certain characteristics on the xray that are helpful but no guarantee. It is often helpful to obtain a pet/ct scan as it has more accuracy. The best test is a biopsy if possible. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

Pleural/subpleural: A pleura is a serous membrane which folds back onto itself to form a two-layered membrane structure. The thin space between the two pleural layers is known as the pleural cavity and normally contains a small amount of pleural fluid. The outer pleura (parietal pleura) is attached to the chest wall. The inner pleura (visceral pleura) covers the lungs and adjoining structures. The subpleura is below it ...Read more

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I have a 2 CM calcified lung nodule as per my last x ray, should I be worried?

Depends: The pattern of calcification is important. Lamellar, popcorn, central, and diffuse homogenous calcification are usually benign. Anything else that size is very suspicious. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a round area that is more solid than normal lung tissue. It is a nonspecific finding and can ...Read more