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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?

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 more

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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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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?

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?

An 8mm Nodule: Is too small to give any symptoms. If it is cancer it would continue to grow and grow. Large nodules that obstruct airways cause shortness of breath and coughing and sometimes bleeding in the lung. ...Read more

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If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What to do if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

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

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What do you recommend if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

What do you recommend if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

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

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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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What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

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 more

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24mmx19mm centrally calcified lung nodule should I be worried?

24mmx19mm centrally calcified lung nodule  should I be worried?

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 more

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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a symptom in which a person has a chest x-ray or CT scan that shows a small lump (nodule) in a lung. A lung nodule can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If cancerous, it can be a lung cancer or can be a metastatic cancer that spread from another ...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