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Need An Excellent Thoracic Surgeon In Maryland To Remove A Small Cancerous Mass In A Lung
Thoracic surgeon said hemartoma, radiologists said lung nodule is possibly cancer. Who should I believe?
Depends: This depends on the size of the nodule and its characteristics on ct. Presence of fat and popcorn like calcifications in the nodule may suggest a harmatoma. If the nodule was present on a prior chest xray or ct, it would suggest benignity. Is it possible one doctor has access to your old studies & the other doctor doesn't. A pet/ct study would be useful as most harmatoma are benign on pet. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
I am a lung cancer survivor. I had a lobectomy on my right lung. I am monitored pretty closely with CT scans & I see my Thoracic Surgeon afterwards.?
Good: Glad to hear that you are doing well and following up with your doctors but I did not get your question ...Read more
Is bladder cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in my chest, do I need to see a urologist or a thoracic surgeon?
Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?
Pathology specimen: The pathologist makes the diagnosis with the microscopic exam of a piece of the lesion. Even then, it can be challenging to get diagnosis. So the answer to your question is no. Stay with your thoracic surgeon, get your follow up exams, stop nicotine if you have that addiction. Ok to go for a second opinion. Take a friend with you and don't be surprised if you get same answer. ...Read more
Breast MRI of non mass is 4.7cm✖️6.1cm AP✖️3.9cm big. Have small breasts does this mean chest wall invasion? Would MRI show that? If cancer
It doesn't mean: There is chest wall invasion (MRI would show it), and it doesn't mean you have cancer. Depending on other MR features, and assuming no mammogram, ultrasound, or palpable abnormalities, non mass enhancement is most likely to be benign. It may need biopsy, however, due to the small chance of malignancy. ...Read more
My girlfriend has a large cancerous mass sitting in her chest and its putting pressure on her heart and lungs. Any idea what type cancer this is?
You need to ask her: If this is your girlfriend and she's seriously sick, she's been informed of the nature of her cancer and if a diagnosis has not yet been made, it will be in a day or so, probably by needle biopsy. This is the era of patient privacy and you'll need to ask her what the diagnosis is. ...Read more
I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions (lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But I havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?
Normal: This sounds like a description of the negative findings on a chest x-ray. Pa refers to the way the x-ray was taken. Tbc refers to tuberculosis. In other words no abnormalities found - a normal chest x-ray. ...Read more
No pleural mass in chest CT scan, clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Rule out lung cancer?
Lung Cancer unlikely: In a 30 year old, Lung cancer is not a likely cause of pleural effusion. Depending on other test results and symptoms (? any Fever), TB is one diagnosis high on the list. Your doctor should do further testing for TB and you may need emiric Anti-TB treatment if your fluid keeps reaccumulating or if you have fever on an ongoing basis and if there is significant weight loss. ESR is a useful test to do. ...Read more
No pleural mass in chest CT scan, clear pleural exudate (lab results say it is exudate not transudate).No fever or cough. Can we rule out lung cancer?
Not enough info....: With the information provided, lung cancer cannot be ruled out. Need to know if any mass or abnormality was seen on the chest CT scan. An exudative pleural effusion could be due to many things including pneumonia, cancer, etc. A sample of the fluid should be sent for a variety of cultures as well as looked at for malignant cells. More testing is definitely needed for a diagnosis to be made! ...Read more
Yes/No: A chest X-ray is a good screening test for most symptomatic tumors/ cancer masses in the lung. It can easily detect tumor of 2CM or larger. Tumors smaller than 1CM are unlikely to be detected with Chest X-ray. This is where CT scan is more effective as it can detetect tumors less than 1CM. ...Read more
2 years suffering with buldging clavical middle of chest vitiam d is at 15 soft tissue mass found what are chances of cancer? And it also moves
Hard to say: A mobile soft tissue mass overlying the clavicle is most likely a lipoma, which is simply a benign mass of fatty tissue. A lipoma can be easily excised if it's bothering you. If you've had it for 2 years and it hasn't changed size or symptoms then it's probably not cancer. Further workup such as mri, biopsy, or excision can be done to confirm whether or not it's cancer. ...Read more
Lymph nodes every where side of face, neck, belly, chest, and unknown mass in between liver&pancreas thinking it's sarcoidosis but could it be cancer.
Biopsy: Very difficult to guess without more information. The biopsy will give important clues. ...Read more
How would you describe a cancer lump in the chest on men? My left chest feels different in internal mass than the right one. I am 20 years old male
Get checked: You may be describing nothing more than having one pec major muscle bigger than the other, and chest wall cancers in a young man are very uncommon. But if you feel you have an unexplained mass lesion, show it to your physician on your next visit. ...Read more
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
Why wouldn't a thoracic surgeon do surgery on a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv. Pet, CT, x rays, blood tests. He said not at the moment. Advice please lwaiting is h-?
Consider risks.: A solitary pulmonary nodule may be benign or malignant. Older age (>50), smoking history, and size >8mm increase the risk of cancer. A low suv on pet/ct, certain types of ct findings can suggest lower risk. If not high risk, a repeat scan in 3 months for a larger nodule with low suv is reasonable. If the nodule grows it must be biopsied. If no change, follow with serial scans. ...Read more
Depends: It is dependent on the individual surgeon. Most surgeons will see their patients back in two weeks, then turn care over to their primary physician. Some surgeons will follow patients for a much longer time, but that is up to the individual surgeon. ...Read more
Nobody knows: There is no official or unofficial ranking. Ask your doctor for advice. Talk to your friends about doctors they have experience with. Check with the texas board if there are any complaints. ...Read more
Training & XP:
Experience and accredited training. In all medical fields, you want to find someone that has completed a solid, accredited training program with experience in treating your condition. Additionally, you want someone capable of providing you current treatment options.
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Husband had a consult w/ cardio thoracic surgeon. But md did not examine him; instead, md relied on rn's intake. Shouldn't the guy have examined him?
Yes: Even if the cath data or the results of other tests was all he really needed, the surgeon should have performed an exam, imo. It is poor medicine if you are a surgeon who totally relies on the exam of others. ...Read more
Is a cardiothoracic surgeon the same as vascular surgeon, thoracic surgeon, cardiovascular surgeon, cardiac surgeon, etc. What are there difference?
Cardiothoracic...: ...Surgeons operate on the heart and the lungs and other thoracic organs. Vascular surgery is it's own specialty and involves operations on vessels outside the chest. Some cardiothoracic surgeons do vascular surgery outside of the chest, although not as many as in years past. Many cardiothoracic surgeons have limited practice to hearts. They are best described as cardiac surgeons. ...Read more
I have AFib. My Cardiologist has recommended an ablation. He says there are new procedures. I am seeing a thoracic surgeon. Any info on success rates?
The success rate: Is dependent on multiple factors. How long you have had fib. Is it persistent or paroxysmal. What is the size of your left atrium, How obese are you, do you have OSA, etc. A thoracic surgeon will be unlikely to give you information for anything other than MAZE procedures. You need to see and EP for an evaluation and discussion of your success rate. ...Read more
By definition: A thoracic surgeon treats and diagnoses diseases of the chest. This includes the lungs, esophagus, pericardium, diaphragm and mediastinum. Typically, they have completed a 5-7 year residency in general surgery and a 2-3 year residency in cardiothoracic surgery. ...Read more
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If a carcinoidlung tumour is slow growing why then does the thoracic surgeon operate and put the patient through so much pain?
Curative intent: Surgical resection is for curative intent. Eventhough it is slowly growing disease- but still it is neoplasm with capability to spread and give you more problem. So, if surgical resection still can be done and you are going for a cure, an agressive approach has to be done. Discuss with you doctor further. ...Read more
4 years college 4 years medical school, how many years after that to become a board certified cardio thoracic surgeon? How about a bc plastic surgeon?
7 years: After medical school is 5 years of a general surgery residency, followed by at least two years of cardiothoracic training. Sometimes, it can be even longer, but that is the timetable to be eligible for board certification. ...Read more
What is the difference between a cardiothoracic surgeon, heart surgeon, cardiac surgeon, cardiovascular surgeon, or a thoracic surgeon? Or same thing?
Same thing: "thoracic surgeon" is the easiest way to say it, because the surgeon operates on the heart, lungs, and other structures in the chest (thorax). However, many people don't know what the word "thoracic" means, so "cardiac surgeon" is more easily understood by the general population. "cardiothoracic" has a lot of syllables. ...Read more
Depends: The simple answer would be when they are no longer capable of performing at a high level. How to determine this has been a question that has been asked for quite some time. Most surgeons know when to stop, and are ethical enough to do so. ...Read more
6 mons since dislocated and factured rib still have pain and popping out of place. Ortho now talking about seeing thoracic surgeon. What to do?
See thoracic surgeon: May need partial rib resection or ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) ...Read more
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
Thoracic surgeons operate on the chest and the organs within: airway, heart, lungs, esophagus, chest wall, mediastinum, etc. You may also find a common title of "cardiothoracic surgeon" or in more specialized regions a distinction will be made between heart surgeons and non-heart surgeons, i.e. "cardiovascular ...Read more