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Pneumonia Female Chest Ct Cancer
Mother had chest ct scan- had middle right lobe pneumonia and 3x4mm partially spiculated nodule in lower left lobe. Related? Lymph node? Cancer?
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
Non: The potential for a cat scan of the chest causing cancer is non. One would need frequent scans to even be associated with cancer. Obviously in a very young patient, the tissue is more sensitive to radiation and as such radiation to the chest from mammograms are of no consequence in the patient over 50, but in a patient under 30 radiation exposure does put the patient at risk. ...Read more
There is little to w: There is very little reason to worry about Cancer from a CT scan. It is a safe procedure which is done in thousands of people every day. Unless you have had a ton of CT scans, there is No reason to worry about developing Cancer due to this procedure. It has been proven to be safe for all medical sues. ...Read more
No: Possible, like getting struck by lightning.Get a more detailed answer ›
CT scan risk: There are items that can increase the lifetime risk of cancer. A single ct chest scan will increase that risk more than a xray. But if you need the ct chest scan, then the benefits can outweigh the risk. Smoking is a much worse avoidable risk factor for cancer. Also, to decrease cancer risk, eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables and reduce red meat. ...Read more
Super bad anxiety about radiation from 1 chest CT at 30 years old almost 3 yrs ago? Worried about getting cancer from it. Help!!
Use HealthTap Prime.: 1st, the exposure's in the past. There's nothing that can "undo" the effects, so don't worry. The only thing you can do is look forward: understand risks & benefits of CT scans, ASK your doctor if there are alternative ways to make a diagnosis, & LIMIT exposure so scans are used wisely. At 30 yrs age, your body isn't growing fast. Use HT Prime to discuss effects that take place 20-30 yrs hence. GL ...Read more
Is it possible to damage DNA from single chest CT scan which can lead to cancer later in life? If yes then how long it will take to develop?
Stop worrying: Your dna is being damaged constantly as you go about your business. Your own body, especially your potassium atoms, are radioactive, and you are being bombarded constantly by cosmic rays. Scans are only one of thousands of sources of radiation. You can't avoid it, the exposure you get in a scan is hopefully worth the benefit, and you need keep it in perspective and get on with living your life. ...Read more
Worried about cancer risk from one CT scan. What should be done to reduce the risk. Am i at the higher risk of getting cancer after chest ct?
Chest CT clean but mild enlarged scattered and bilat hilar L-nodes.18x19mm largest. Same on 2 CTs 14 mos apart. Stable? Sarc? Cancer? Biopsy? Watch?
How do you feel?: They are probably your friends. Leave them alone if you feel well. ...Read more
I have been reading about danger of CT scan and the cancer risk later in life. I had one chest ct. Is it possible to get cancer later from that CT?
3 chest ct scans within a 5-month period (two within the same day). I was 25 at the time. Is it highly likely I could develop cancer from those scans?
Just the opposite: It is highly unlikely that a patient develops cancer from just having 3 consecutive chest CT scans. Life in the modern world causes cancer (and of course there was cancer before modern times), but having 3 CT scans will make no noticeable difference when compared to everything else we face in life. In California, we have "useless" signs posted everywhere, warning about cancer-causing substances. ...Read more
How can I convince my md to give me a chest ct? I'm petrified i already have cancer somewhere from smoking.
Weigh benefits: Many physicians are now screening smokers with chest ct's from time to time, excising the little cancers that can only be seen on ct. This has brought about a considerable increase in the number of lung cancers found and "cured" but has had very little impact on total deaths. But if you are "petrified" your emotional state alone might justify one of these pop screens. Good luck. ...Read more
Can one chest CT cause harm to the cells or soft tissue of the lungs? Is cancer possible? I m 30yr old male.
Doubtful: Cumulative radiation exposure is known to induce cancers, but 1 ct scan is not alot of radiation, relatively speaking, though it may equal the amount of radiation exposure of several hundred chest x-rays. Be your own advocate if confronted with a recommendation that you undergo repeated ct scans. ...Read more
I had one chest CT with 4.8msv dose, is it too much radiation? Will it cause cancer years later? I am worried about cancer risk. Please help!
Terrified I am going to get cancer from a chest ct scan I had 2 years ago at 30 yr old, had other X-rays in lifetime, but only 1 ct. Truly scared :(?
Wait to worry: You have very little if any reason to be terrified because you have had some X-rays done. Medical use of X-rays including a CT scan can not cause cancer so soon or ever... unless you have had more than 10 times the normal use of X-rays(most people can safely have 5 to 10 CT scans before any concerns for harm/cancer should arise). I hope this helps your Mind to rest in peace ...Read more
No, not even 2 scans: Patients get CT scans all over the world, every day. As long as there is a good reason for the scan, it is fine to do. If repeated scans are planned, to follow some sort of serious illness, a patient can ask his doctor what other options there are, in order to decrease the total number of scans in his lifetime. Having repeated CT scans, over and over, can add up too much x-ray exposure. ...Read more
Just had chest CT scan revealing 4 nodules in base of LLL (1, 5, 5, 6 mm). The 6mm is spiculated. Never smoker, longtime runner. Is cancer iikely?
Can you get too much radiation from CT scan? Can it kill you years later from cancer? How bad is to get CT scan at the age of 30yr. I had one chest ct.
Don't worry: The radiation exposure from a single chest ct is ver low and provides either very little or no additional risk. ...Read more
Not likely: The natural exposure one might get just from where you live may exceed 3msv per year. Living in denver, you might be exposed to 6msv per year. Risk of developing cancer from a properly conducted ct scan is low. I believe the estimated average radiation exposure for a single chest ct is about 5-7msv. A low dose chest ct is about 2msv. ...Read more
Not necessary: Are you referring as small lymph nodes or small nodules on the lung? There are other conditions beside cancer that can be presented with small nodes — including infections, inflammation, autoimmune process, etc. So, a good history, examination, blood work and serial imaging would be necessary to be done. Discuss with your md in detail. ...Read more
So there really isn't that much more risk of developing cancer if you've had a barium swallow and get a chest ct scan done?
How long does it take to get radiation induced cancer? Should I worry after 5 to 10 years as I had on chest CT scan month ago with 4.8msv dose?
May not even happen: The average ct scan in the us exposes us anywhere between 3 and 10 msv. A dose of 10 msv increases the risk of getting any cancer by 0.1% and the risk of fatal cancer by 0.05%. According to the national research council and the U.S. Fda, any person has a 20% risk of dying from cancer in their lifetime. One ct scan of 10msv would increase the chance to 20.05%. Not a big risk. Don't worry too much. ...Read more
Pain in upper abdomen. Goes into my chest. Ct scan done sept 7 of abdomen normal. Worried about cancer still. If CT scan came back normal, am I ok?
Chest CT scan show multiple tracheal and bronchial polyps less than 6mm size? Old CT before a year show one polyp but no change in size? Is it cancer
Can tell on CT: Need to have broncoscopy and get biopsied. See pulmonologist ...Read more
Chest CT scan as part of cancer screen. Showed a small spot at top of (or right above?) rt kidney!few of my drs r set on cancer somewhere, what could be
KIDNEY SPOT: The diagnosis truly depends on whether the spot is above or in the kidney. A ct of the abd. And pelvis may be nessesary to answer this and find the source. ...Read more
Over last 2 months I've had a CT contrast colongraphy a chest CT contrast bloods endoscopy.why have they missed the cancer I know is ther in pancreas?
Pancreas: The CTs are not tailored to look at the pancreas and therefor may not visualize pancreatic lesions. Different scan parameters(pancreatic mass protocol) are required. Standard upper endoscopy wouldn't be able to evaluate the pancreas....pancreas endoscopic ultrasound would. So you haven't had the proper tests to evaluate for pancreatic mass yet. ...Read more
Hi docs, can you tell me if small nodes seen on lungs thru chest CT scan are suggesting lung cancer?
Multiple causes/risk: This is one possibility, and the assessment of that diagnosis involves a visit with to a pulmonary specialist. They will recommend further evaluation. If there are multiple nodules, this actually may be related to infection. One example of such an infection is TB. If you have smoked in the past, swollen lymph nodes on the chest CT, or signs of illness, this raises the risk for a malignancy. ...Read more
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more