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Single Lung Nodule And Cancer Chances
28/f/smoke10 yrs, quit 4 yrs ago. 2mm sub plural lung nodule in periphery base. What are chances its cancer? Very scared. Have to wait 6 months.
Unlikely Cancer: At 28 years of age even for a heavy smoker a 2mm nodule would be unlikely to be cancer. The recommended follow up of a 2mm nodule should be 1 year, not 6 months , however, because it is so small growth will be almost impossible to determine. If you quit smoking at age 24 then your total number of pack years of smoking (total exposure) is low. It is highly unlikely that this is cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
2mm sublpureal lung nodule in periphery base.28/f 10yr smoker, quit 4 years ago. Found by accident on ct. Petrified its cancer. What are the chances?
Probably not cancer: Congratulations on stopping smoking! at your age, your risk of lung cancer will be low if you stay off cigarettes. A 2mm sub pleural nodule is likely benign. You should have another ct scan within 4 to 6 months to assure that it isn't growing. If it is not, you can safely put it out of your mind forever or just do one more ct scan one year later. If growing, have it removed to rule out cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
28/f. Subplueral lung nodule in peripheral base. Accidental finding on ct. Quit smoking 4 years ago. What's the chance its cancer? I'm petrified.
Some chance,, : Because you've had a history of smoking there is some chance that this can be cancer. However, you're young at 28 years and it takes a long history of smoking for this to develop, and the location is on the periphery which is not a common place for lung cancer from smoking to show up in. It may be something else that isn't related to smoking. It's best to see your dr. ; possibly get it biopsied. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a one ppw smoker and in my first checkup in 10 yrs a CT revealed a lung nodule of 4mm. what are the chances that this will lead to lung cancer?
1 pack/week?: If one ppw means pack per week then your smoking exposure is probably low to moderate. (40 years smoking x 1 pack per week = 6 pack years of smoking) 55 is younger than average for lung cancer. The nodule needs follow up with serial CT scans. But you need to stop smoking now or you will continue to increase your chances of getting lung cancer, or a heart attack, or early impotency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Not all lung nodules are alike. The odds that a nodule is cancer depends in the appearance and size of the nodule, the medical history of the patient, the smoking history of the patient, and how the nodule changes over time. Radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons are best qualified to determine the risk that a particular nodule is cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Noncalcified 6mm upper lung nodule. Stayed that way for 3 years. 4th year it grew to 8.4mm. 5th year is 1.2cm. Could this be slow growing cancer?
Yes!!! : Lung nodules are checked every 6 months for 2 years. If they dont change in size, they are considered stable, and annual cxr is in order. If it grows, it could be malignant. 6 mm to 1.2 cm is a lot of change, so see your primary care doctor for a pulmonary consultation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe....: ...maybe not. If they are all less than 5-6 mm, there is usually not a whole lot to do other than observation and follow up. PET scans are usually not too sensitive for very tiny nodules. I would defer, however, to the judgement of your physician who knows your situation better and can determine if there is anything else to do now. If you smoke, please stop. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean when a 1cm lung nodule has "small density" , does that point toward Cancer? or Benign?
Small density.: A 1 cm nodule is a small density. Most likely this is benign finding but additional info about appearance and history/ physical exam are important. Are you a smoker? What prompted the X-ray or CT? A 3 month follow-up film is likely needed if this is a new radiological finding. Talk to your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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