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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

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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What's a difference between lung nodule and intrapulmonary nodule? What's smallest size in mm that can be detected on CT scan?

What's a difference between lung nodule and intrapulmonary nodule? What's smallest size in mm that can be detected on CT scan?

No difference: They are two terms for the same thing. The smallest size detectable depends on the type of CT scanner and the technical parameters of the scan. A high resolution, thin section scan could potentially detect lesions 1mm or so in size. ...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 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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What is a lung nodule?

What is a lung nodule?

X-ray spot: It can be anything from an old inactive walled-off TB of fungus infection to a benign tumor to cancer to something as exotic as a dog heartworm that went far astray. Here in kansas, most are old histoplasmosis. But a spot is lung cancer until you & your physician have a reason to think otherwise. Good luck, and be brave. ...Read more

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What is a lung nodule?

What is a lung nodule?

Solid mass in lung: A lung nodule is a soft tissue mass that is located somewhere within the lung itself. It can be a benign or malignant nodule. Following it with ct scans to see if it changes in size is one way to manage them or going directly to biopsy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lung nodule?

What are the tests for lung nodule?

Many options: Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history. Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts at intervals determined by experienced md. Biopsies and surgery can come, but generally after above steps. Most nodules (>95%) are not cancer, and therefore invasive procedures should be reserved for when suspicion (guided by above factors) is high. ...Read more

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Is a 1.4 lung nodule classed as small?

Is a 1.4 lung nodule classed as small?

1 cm nodule: Any nodule is abnormal. Nodules greater than a centimeter are considered pathological and worrisome. Certain radiological characteristics make some nodules more serious than others. Other tests like pet scans can help in differentiating malignant nodules from benign ones. ...Read more

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What is a 7 mm noncalcified lung nodule?

What is a 7 mm noncalcified lung nodule?

Anything: It means there is a little mass in your lung. It could be anything. If you are smoker it could be cancer. If you are not there are multiple other causes. You will need repeat ct scan to see whether there is any increase in size. ...Read more

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Lung nodule found, what is the next step?

Lung nodule found, what is the next step?

Many pathways: Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history. Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts at intervals determined by experienced md. Biopsies and surgery can come, but generally after above steps. Most nodules (>95%) are not cancer, and therefore invasive procedures should be reserved for when suspicion (guided by above factors) is high. ...Read more

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What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

Growth: If a lung nodule thickens, that means it is growing. Whether this is cancer, infection or anything else, you need to find out. ...Read more

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Why would a lung nodule grow from 5mm to 9mm?

Why would a lung nodule grow from 5mm to 9mm?

Would get checked: A lung nodule is not cancer per se, but it is unusual for a noncancerous nodule to grow. In the setting of smoking, this would be worrisome and require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

A Lung nodule: Depending on risk factors, a lung nodule may have higher than 50% risk of being malignant. The diagnosis of cancer can only be made by a pathologist upon microscopic examination of a tissue biopsy. ...Read more

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Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Almost always, yes: Depends on your history and the appearance/location/shape of the nodule, but most often a follow up CT scan is the most appropriate test. Occasionally, if your doctor is concerned a PET scan may be useful for 8mm, but if its negative it is less helpful than when you have a larger nodule, for which PET is more reliable at excluding the likelihood of cancer. ...Read more

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What does a lung nodule indicate? How is it treated?

What does a lung nodule indicate? How is it treated?

Usually nothing: Most people, if you go looking, have lung nodules and most are benign scar-like reactions in the lung, and therefore they don't need to be treated any more than a freckle or mole on your skin needs to be treated. Just like moles, some lung nodules (<4% in high risk people) can be cancer and should be followed to see if they change. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lung nodule?

Nodule: A lung nodule is a round area that is more solid than normal lung tissue. It is a nonspecific finding and can be benign or malignant. ...Read more

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It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: Lung cancers are often diagnosed quite late because patients may not have symptoms for a long time. Eventually, people will have a cough, cough up blood, lose weight, have chest pain or shortness of breath. If a nodule is benign, the presence of symptoms probably depends on the exact location (whether it blocks an airway, for example). ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Inflamation, etc: Benign nodules are often the result of abnormal tissue, inflammation and/or scar. This can result from inhaling something or having an infection. ...Read more

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Going for followup 2mrow. Worried abut mu lung nodule. Scared too, . .

Relax: Sometimes, we as physicians use that word loosely. I did not mean to be lackadaisical. I am sure you are concerned and I am only trying to calm you down. I see you have other conditions being followed by your doctor. Have a good talk with your doctor as to the best way of finding out and options of treatment. Lung cancer is very rare at your age anyhow. ...Read more

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Is this a good sign, round lung nodule 1.4 2.7 hasn't grown since feb?

Is this a good sign, round lung nodule 1.4 2.7 hasn't grown since feb?

Good sign: A nodule that hasn't grown over that period of time is unlikely to be a cancer. ...Read more

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What is the recovery process like after having a benign lung nodule removed?

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

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If someone smoked 30 years ago and now has a lung nodule should it be removed asap?

If someone smoked 30 years ago and now has a lung nodule should it be removed asap?

See below: Please refer to our previous exchange and just go ahead and have it removed for your piece of mind, and if it turns out to be cancer, it may be curative as well. ...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