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Increase Size Lung Nodule
If a size of lung nodule increases from 8mm to 20 mm , is it always cancer, or could it stil be an infection causing increase in size , thanks?
No: A lung "nodule" is a term for small abnormalities seen on xray and ct scans. Most are found to be non-cancer. If larger, 2.5 - 3cm or bigger, call it a "mass". All lung nodules and masses should be evaluated and followed by referral to a comprehensive thoracic surgical cancer program. Integration into a comprehensive program saves lives and decreases unnecessary morbidity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Pls advice me what symptoms a lung nodule would normally cause?Mine is 8mm, unrelated to dilated bronchi, would it increase in size if its not cancer?
Not always.: This may mean an infection in the lung or an abscess. It depends on the time it took to change in size. It could be a benign process. But you will not know unless you get more tests, like an aspiration biopsy. It is best to see your doctor and get more tests. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
Small, but: Small but big enough to have a work-up or follow-up. See a lung specialist for that. Do you smoke? ...Read more
Big enough: A 13 mm lung nodule warrants a pet/ct scan. This will identify things like calcifications seen in benign nodules and will determine if sugar uptake is high as seen in infection or tumor or low indicating scar. Depending on the likelihood of cancer, a ct guided biopsy is possible in most peripheral nodules greater than 9mm. Lung cancer is increasing in nonsmokers, women and the young in u. S. ...Read more
Get it TNM staged.: If there is a lung nodule, and it appears solitary, it still needs to be evaluated to see if there is no metastasis, etc.. Ct scan and an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) exam are done. The ct helps determine if there is lymph node involvement. An aspiration biopsy of the lesion can be taken to determine its histology. Surgical resection in localized cases is done for all types except small cell. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes if new: Some people contact TB as children and develop calcified nodes. If this is new and if you have been a long-term smoker do not fail to follow up with the doctor who discovered this because might be a malignancy. An old x-ray film could help to settle this matter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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