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3.3 cm mass on husband's left lung. Not there a year ago, at all. Referred for biopsy. Should we be worried? 59 y/o, long time smoker.

3.3 cm mass on husband's left lung.  Not there a year ago, at all.  Referred for biopsy.  Should we be worried?  59 y/o, long time smoker.

Worry yes: But give up no. If this is an isolated lesion and is bad, he may need to have it removed and maybe other treatment. Thankfully he has a yearly CXR to watch for this very problem. Hopefully the biopsy is soon. All the best to your husband and your family. Some lung lesions are OK. ...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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I have servercopd with fibrosis and alower left lung mass is this not good?

I have  servercopd with fibrosis and alower left lung mass is this not good?

See an expert: If you have copd, and fibrosis and a lung mass, you have three very serious, and separate problems. "mass" implies something over 3 cm in size and is likely to be lung cancer, or at least should be evaluated until proven otherwise. COPD and fibrosis are both risk factors for lung cancer, and make treatment much more complicated as well. Find a local expert. ...Read more

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I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

Yes: The large majority of lung masses in non-smokers are old scars. In my part of the country, it's usually histoplasmosis, but a variety of other inflammatory or bnign neoplastic situations can give a lung mass. The radiologist can usually tell whether cancer is a possibility and if so, the pathologist will need to get tissue. Good luck and thanks for asking. ...Read more

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My granpa is diagnosed with a enhncing mass in left lung which is 8 CM in dia. And 7cm in length and is spreading toward liver n lymph nodes. Pls help?

May be malignant: Lung masses, especially when associated with spread to lymph nodes, is almost definitely malignant (and serious). He needs an immediate consult with a pulmonologist (lung doctor) and/or oncologist. I biopsy needs to be done, and the treatment based on the results. Don't delay. ...Read more

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What does a 7 mm right apical bleb. A 3mm subpleural right apical nodule and minimal pleural based nodularity at the left lung apex ?

Too small yet: A blel is a bubble, atype of emphysema. Could be from an infection, inhalational injury (fumes, odors or smoking) or genetic.Nodules are too small to categorized but should be follow ...Read more

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I have pleural mass in left lung 5cm I did the biopsy needle but the result was insufficient..how can make sure that mass is cancer or not?

I have pleural mass in left lung 5cm I did the biopsy needle but the result was insufficient..how can make sure that mass is cancer or not?

Repeat biopsy: The way to make sure is with an adequate tissue specimen (from a biopsy). It is unfortunate that you had one, and it was insufficient. If you are willing to try it again, that may be your best choice. I'm assuming the biopsy was done with CT guidance. If it was not, then a biopsy with CT guidance may be helpful in confirming needle placement. ...Read more

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I have had a non productive for 2 months. Chest X-ray show 3.8 CM mass on my left lung. My dr. Says its proabaly a shadow. What is a shadow?

I have had a non productive  for 2 months. Chest X-ray show 3.8 CM mass on my left lung. My dr. Says its proabaly a shadow. What is a shadow?

A bad term: Masses absorb x-rays and cause "shadows" (white areas on an x-ray) the same way your body blocks the sun and causes a dark shadow. A mass is a medical term, a shadow is not. You probably need a chest ct. ...Read more

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I have mass in my left lung ..5 cm ..are all masses cancer or could be something can live with..im not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

I have mass in my left lung ..5 cm ..are all masses cancer or could be something can live with..im not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

Could be other: With your history and age, the possibility of some fungus or other infectious process is a good possibility. Not all masses are cancer and even if this were to be such you are not doomed. Whatever it is, you need to diagnose what the mass represents and treat it. See a pulmonary specialist ASAP as infectious masses can be as problematic as cancer masses. Not getting a diagnosis is the bad thing. ...Read more

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Plureal Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence of cancer.what is that.is it fungus or worm or what I should do..wheezing?

Plureal  Mass in left lung 5 cm. I did biobsy and pet scan and no evidence  of cancer.what is that.is it fungus or worm or what I should do..wheezing?

Pulmonologist: The possibility of a mass requires more diagnostics, with your symptoms it is possible its pnemonia, much less concerning than a cancer mid-lung. Scanning can help, but a pulmonologist can decide the right test to reduce fear and misdiagnosis. Hopefully you are using a broncholdilator among the medications you are using. The pulmonologist can direct specific therapy and help treat what you have ...Read more