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Dr. Eric Toloza
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What is the recovery process like after having a benign lung nodule removed?

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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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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


Dr. Rada Ivanov
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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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

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems.Surgery seems so?

Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule  1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems.Surgery seems so?

It depends: It depends on the patients medical history, smoking history, whether or not the nodule has grown over time, and what exactly it looks like. The patient's peace of mind is a factor as well. If a patient feels strongly that he would like a lung nodule removed that should factor into the equation also. ...Read more

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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Back in 1972-74, I was on a U.S Navy shift aircraft carrier, which was full of asbestos. In 2005, I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule, which was removed in 2008. In your personal opinion, do you think that may have caused my lung nodule? If so, ple

Back in 1972-74, I was on a U.S Navy shift aircraft carrier, which was full of asbestos. In 2005, I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule, which was removed in 2008. In your personal opinion, do you think that may have caused my lung nodule? If so, ple

Many types of tumor: If a lung lesion was noted as solitary and no previous history of underlying disease with bx of mesothelioma then Asbestos has been associated with such lung lesions. Squamous Ca usually derived from smoking and adenoCa from a viral source. At this time worth while to get PET/CAT to assure all path absent from lung or metastatic foci. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Martin Raff
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Stage 1 rectal cancer, removed April with clear margins. oncologist thinks a lung nodule may be inflammatIon as CEA normal. Could it be cancer?

Stage 1 rectal cancer, removed April with clear margins. oncologist thinks a lung nodule may be inflammatIon as CEA normal. Could it be cancer?

You bet: Any patient with a lung nodule needs careful thoughtful evaluation. A normal CEA does not exclude possible malignancy. Hopefully this is something other than spread of cancer from the rectum, but you must be certain before it is no longer manageable. See a pulmonary expert. ...Read more

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Can anything b done for a liver met , 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails ? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt?primary removed

Can anything b done for a liver met , 1 lung nodule and a lypmph node if chemo fails ? Does this mean no treatment for colon cancer pt?primary removed

Metastatic colon CA: Typically,metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to organs/areas beyond where it started) is considered incurable.There are some exceptions; if colon cancer has a single metastasis to the liver OR a lung, then chemotherapy & surgical removal of the met might be successful (perhaps 50%).For more than one organ, chances are less, & treatment frequently shifts towards comfort if chances poor/none. ...Read more

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
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What is a lung nodule?

What is a lung nodule?

See below: A spot on the lungs, smaller than 3 cm (otherwise it is called a mass), seen on cxr and/or ct chest, which should not be there. May be due to anything from scar tissue through infection or autoimmune disease, to cancer. Consult a pulmonologist if you have one. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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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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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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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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Dr. Brian Mott
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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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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


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