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Do spots on my lungs necessarily mean cancer?

Do spots on my lungs necessarily mean cancer?

Noting your age: As 32, but not knowing your past history, cancer is not a common issue. If you lived in the ohio river valley, or san joachim valley in california, specific fungal diseass are possible. Also congenital malformations. And more than one make primary lung cancer even less likely. There are steps to evaluate, but surgery solves the conundrum. ...Read more

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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Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Favorable Response: Pet provides the benefit of early identification of ineffective chemotherapy, particularly metastatic breast cancer, as various alternative treatment options are available & allows patients to be spared the toxicities of ineffective treatments. Complete metabolic response is a great prognostic indicator with significantly increased overall survival compared to patients showing no response. ...Read more

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My grandmother went to the doctors about an abnormal lung spot. What does that mean?

My grandmother went to the doctors about an abnormal lung spot. What does that mean?

Lung spot: Lung spot or solitary pulmonary nodule needs to be investigated especially in the elderly. There are certain features your doctor will look for in the x-ray or ct scan of chest like irregularity or calcification. If suspicious they may even do a biopsy to find out whether malignant or benign. A pet scan may also be helpful in diagnosis. If proven to be benign, it should still be monitored. ...Read more

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What does it mean of ancillary spot view shows minimal densities in both lung apices.How long will it cure?

What does it mean of ancillary spot view shows minimal densities in both lung apices.How long will it cure?

Need more info: Densities in the lung apices can have multiple causes. Infections, including tb, scarring, emphysema, and tumors can all cause these types of densities. Your age, smoking history, history of prior infections or other underlying diseases need to be considered by your physician. There are very sensitive ways to follow these densities to see if they are stable. There is no simple "cure". ...Read more

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Could a spot in your lung mean you have lung cancer? What is the possibility it can be something else?

Could a spot in your lung mean you have lung cancer? What is the possibility it can be something else?

Likely benign: The overwhelming number of spots seen in the lung with CXR or CT scan are benign, to the tune of 95%. Things that will make your doctor more concerned are size (larger than 1cm), growth, multiple spots, smoking history, or previous cancer. The usual approach for seeing a spot is to set up a repeat study within 3 months. ...Read more

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I have tiny little blood spots under my skin on my legs and chest iam 25 and female what does this mean?

I have tiny little blood spots under my skin on my legs and chest iam 25 and female what does this mean?

Angiomas?: Hard to say without seeing them, but i suspect that they are cherry angiomas, which are like moles except that they are made of small blood vessels. They are harmless - if that is indeed what they are. You really should have a dermatologist look at them in person, so that you'll know for certain what they are. ...Read more

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Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness.Found spots on heart during test.What does this mean.

Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness.Found spots on heart during test.What does this mean.

Unfortunately: "Spots on heart" during echo stress test is not a sufficient description to be able to provide you with an answer. It sounds like you are being evaluated by a health care professional. You should address your concerns and questions to that individual. ...Read more

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I can see a white spot on my chest xray. I haven't got the report yet. What does that mean? I don't see my dr for a few days

I can see a white spot on my chest xray.  I haven't got the report yet. What does that mean? I don't see my dr for a few days

There is a lot: of "white" on a chest xray that represents various normal structures, so unless you are trained to look at xrays you will not know what is normal or not. For an expert opinion, you can initiate a HealthTap consult with me or another radiologist, upload the image, and get an answer. ...Read more

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What can I do for spots on the lungs after radiation?

What can I do for spots on the lungs after radiation?

Ask about them.: Ask your radiation oncologist about them. Are they spots caused by radiation or other spots that need evaluation? ...Read more

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What are spots on your lungs and how are they treated?

What are spots on your lungs and how are they treated?

Need more info.: What do you mean by spots? Cysts, masses, infection, old infections (granulomas), lymph nodes? The treatment, if any, depends on that. ...Read more

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What can black spots on lungs represent?

What can black spots on lungs represent?

See below: Black spots are usually cystic lesions, abscesses, bullae or blebs. Black represents air on imaging. ...Read more

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How can I tell if the 3 spots on my dad's lungs are carcinogenic?

How can I tell if the 3 spots on my dad's lungs are carcinogenic?

Biopsy: A biopsy of the target lung lesion which is potentially the easiest & safest is necessary to confirm cancer. Scans such as a ct or a pet provide useful clues but are not confirmatory. ...Read more

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Are calcium spots and nodule the same thing on lungs? If not what's the difference?

Are calcium spots and  nodule the same thing on lungs? If not what's the difference?

Calcium in "spots": Is usually old inflammatory change which may have been a nodule at some point. A tissue density without calcium would be called a nodule, and may be a cancer. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with asthma as a kid & had spots on lungs 8years ago. Am I prone to all lungs illness because of my health condition before?

I was diagnosed with asthma as a kid & had spots on lungs 8years ago. Am I prone to all lungs illness because of my health condition before?

Hard to say: Wheezing in early childhood is not always asthma, in fact 60% or so grow out of it by age 5-6. Spots on your lungs is to vague a description to apply any meaning to.You would have that in a simple pneumonia that heals .There are some chronic lung conditions that make people prone to problems, but the description you give could be given by many normal adults. ...Read more

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I had xrays of lungs done this wk and since aug. I've developed white spots on both lungs what could this indicate. Thanks for taking time to answer.

I had xrays of lungs done this wk and since aug. I've developed white spots on both lungs what could this indicate. Thanks for taking time to answer.

Cannot diagnose: This could be infection, tumors, or any of a dozen or more other issues. Absent knowing your symptoms and what led to your getting a chest x-ray and what is being done to follow this up there is not any way to answer your question. See the doctor who ordered this. ...Read more

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Can a chronic urticaria causes lung spots?

Can a chronic urticaria causes lung spots?

Hives that warn: Not the urticaria, but occasionally urticaria can be associated with conditions that can show chest x-ray changes such as infection, hodgkin's lymphoma, and other cancers. You need to pursue this immediately! ...Read more

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How do I remove my chest spots from my lungs which appeared on an X-ray after I suffered from tuberculousis?

How do I remove my chest spots from my lungs which appeared on an X-ray after I suffered from tuberculousis?

You cannot: These spots are not removable. You need not be concerned about them. Keep good records since it is very likely that someone in the future will see these spots and without records you might be asked to do a lot of unnecessary tests. ...Read more

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Can acute urticaria cause lung spots? Need expert opinions!

Can acute urticaria cause lung spots? Need expert opinions!

Unlikely: - however- lung spots that do not go away or grow in size, regardless of the cause, needs to be evaluated by with appropriate imaging and specialist consultation. Hives by definition come and go- sometimes lasting minutes-hours less likely days or weeks.. ...Read more

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Drank cokebottle of gasoline at 2yrs I have spots on lungs. Developed asthma 1&1/2 mo ago. Any ideas?

Drank cokebottle of gasoline at 2yrs I have spots on lungs. Developed asthma 1&1/2 mo ago. Any ideas?

Not related: These are separate issues especially when there has been a nearly 40-year gap. On the other hand, frequent exposure to diesel exhaust has been associated with asthma. In fact, the nearer you live near a busy freeway, the more likely you will get asthma. ...Read more

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I have clubbed fingernails and emphysema. My dr. saw spots on my lungs. Could it be cancer?

I have clubbed fingernails and emphysema. My dr. saw spots on my lungs. Could it be cancer?

Possibly: Clubbing can be related to many pulmonary conditions, including emphysema and cancer. What is obviously concerning is that your doctor saw 'spots' on your lungs (by an xray I would presume). You need to make sure that you are scheduled for further work up soon. And you need to STOP SMOKING! It's the best thing you can do for your body. ...Read more

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Tingling sensation on one spot like pinching on right lung and 2 spots on left lung . Is it anything to worry about ?

Tingling sensation on one spot like pinching on right lung and 2 spots on left lung . Is it anything to worry about ?

It makes a world: of difference depending on what you mean by "tingling sensation...(or)...pinching on...lung". Without further clarification, I can't give you any information. You may get a formal consult on Health Tap or see a physician in person to find out if this is anything to worry about. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I always have cough 8years ago so doctor told me to take x-ray. Seen spots in my lungs & I was treated.Is there a possibility for it to reoccur again?

I always have cough 8years ago so doctor told me to take x-ray. Seen spots in my lungs & I was treated.Is there a possibility for it to reoccur again?

Of course: Do not know what caused the cough or what the meaning of the 2 spots are. Do you have tuberculosis which is an infectious disease curable by a prolonged course (9 months) of antibiotics OR do you have a lung cancer? Only your doc knows for sure. This is info that you can't find out on a website. You have to talk with your doc face to face! ...Read more

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

See a doctor: Brown spots in your phlegm doesn't sound like properly functioning lungs. I would see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Mum had coloncancer resection3 yrs ago wiz 2 spots in liver.Chemo fr 2 yrs.Stoped 7 mnth, liver now has big tumor15cm &7.5 & spread 2 lung.Livr dysfunc?

Mum had coloncancer resection3 yrs ago wiz 2 spots in liver.Chemo fr 2 yrs.Stoped 7 mnth, liver now has big tumor15cm &7.5 & spread 2 lung.Livr dysfunc?

Tx or no tx: I am sorry about your mom's condition. She has been going through a lot. But she should discuss carefully with her doctor about her options- that would include- systemic chemo plus minus biological therapy ( avastin, (bevacizumab) zal-trap, stivarga, cetuximab) vs hospice care. Consider pros and cons of each therapy. Ultimately is her decision about what she wants to do. Good luck and god bless. ...Read more