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What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

No symptoms: Lung nodules have no symptoms, unfortunately. Most of the time, they are benign things like scars, but sometimes they can be early cancers. If you have a nodule found on a cat scan, they need to be followed to make sure they don't grow or change over time. This is especially true if you have risk factors for cancer such as smoking or radiation exposure. ...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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What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

Difficult to explain: Tumors, primary or metastatic tend to grow more rapidly, may be associated with weight loss, positive positron scan, malignant cells in sputum, fine needle aspirate or on biopsy. Often the distinction is difficult. ...Read more

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If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

Not always.: This may mean an infection in the lung or an abscess. It depends on the time it took to change in size. It could be a benign process. But you will not know unless you get more tests, like an aspiration biopsy. It is best to see your doctor and get more tests. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Malignant! Does anyone knows a good lung cancer site?

Malignant! Does anyone knows a good lung cancer site?

Yes: Check nccn or the american cancer society web sites, they are both full of information, and the information comes from good legitimate sources. ...Read more

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I have a lung nodule in which the center is calcified in a bean shape within a round shadow, could it be malignant?

Likely benign: Probably granuloma
but should be followed with x-ray or ct.
Obtain any old films for tracking purposes. ...Read more

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My grandmother has just had a nodule (2cm) in lung and another between liver and diaphram along with elevated wbc - what is probability of malignant?

My grandmother has just had a nodule (2cm) in lung and another between liver and diaphram along with elevated wbc - what is probability of malignant?

Unable to determine: It is difficult to determine malignancy risk without having a tissue diagnosis from one of the nodules. Close follow up with a pulmonologist is advised to determine your malignancy risk (based on smoking hx, fam hx, etc) and create a management strategy such as (but not limited to) biopsy, imaging surveillance, need to see oncologist. An elevated WBC should be evaluated by your PMD. ...Read more

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Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Are all pleural effusion from stage 4 lung cancer malignant?

Confusing: Question. Pleural effusions from lung cancer are expected to have malignant cells but could be pneumonic from secondary infections. ...Read more

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If a lung nodule is malignant, would that show up in blood test, and how fast would it grow if its cancer lung nodule is calcified in center?

If a lung nodule is malignant, would that show up in blood test, and how fast would it grow if its cancer lung nodule is calcified in center?

Hmmmm: There is no blood test that I know of top detect lung cancer. Radiographic studies are used to help with lung cancer diagnose. If youworry about nodule being lung cancer, please seek advice of your hometown physician. We can't make aa definitive diagnosis for you over the internet. Your doctor will be the healing hands. ...Read more

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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary.
So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...Read more

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Nodules found in lung, between liver & diaphragm, elevated wbc- probability of malignant?

Nodules found in lung, between liver & diaphragm, elevated wbc- probability of malignant?

It is concerning.: While I'm unable to state anything with any degree of certainty based on hat description, we generally do not like to see individuals with diffuse lung and liver nodules or lesions. This does require immediate clarification of underlying process. An investigation needs to be done right away, including biopsy of any accessible nodules. ...Read more

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How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?

Very: About 60, 000 americans each year have a primary lung cancer that's spread to the brain by the time it kills them. Radiaton may help, but the prospect of death by squeezing the brain out of the base of the skull is only one of the many horrors of lung cancer. ...Read more

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My husband had a CT scan which picked up a mass in his colon probably malignant. His liver and lung bases clear what about rest of lungs?

My husband had a CT scan which picked up a mass in his colon probably malignant. His liver and lung bases clear what about rest of lungs?

Need diagnosis: The first step is to confirm the diagnosis and find out for sure what the mass is and if it is a cancer. Colon cancer almost always goes to the liver first, so if the liver is clear, it's often possible to cure the condition with an operation to remove the primary mass. ...Read more

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Hello I am 31 male wife noticed a golf ball size lump on my chest close to sc joint, feels pretty firm and fixed it feels softer in some areas than others the top of the lump is hard as bone tho, does hard and fixed always mean malignant? I'm having ultra

Hello I am 31 male wife noticed a golf ball size lump on my chest close to sc joint, feels pretty firm and fixed it feels softer in some areas than others the top of the lump is hard as bone tho, does hard and fixed always mean malignant? I'm having ultra

NO, not always: Few things in medicine are "always" anything. Some benign tumors can be hard and fixed. Obviously it is important to get this further evaluated and you may not know what it is for sure until it is excised. Try not to worry too much as there is a reasonable chance it is not malignant. ...Read more

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I have really bad anxiety. I have malignant htn and ascending aortic ectasia 3.8. I am under extreme stress. Is chest pain and shortness of breath a s?

I have really bad anxiety. I have malignant htn and ascending aortic ectasia 3.8. I am under extreme stress. Is chest pain and shortness of breath a s?

Chest pain ;: Shortness of breath can occur wanxiety/ stress. However, it is important that your physician ensure that these symptoms are not realted to your medical problems. For stress: cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga or qi gong. ...Read more

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C.T chest: a 5.5 x 6.2 x 3.7 CM soft tissue mass is notice in the apical segment of lower lobe. Kindly inform me it could be benign or malegnent.?

C.T chest: a 5.5 x 6.2 x 3.7 CM soft tissue mass is notice in the apical segment of lower lobe. Kindly inform me it could be benign or malegnent.?

See your doctor: It could be either. There are characteristic of masses that guide the radiologist one way or the other. I would imagine that your doctor will recommend a biopsy and other tests to help decide what this is. ...Read more

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Can multiple lung lesion 2.5cm in size be detected on routine chest x rays?

Can multiple lung lesion 2.5cm in size be detected on routine chest x rays?

Yes: The resolution of the cxr is such that it should be able to show lesions this big. The advent of the digital xr even makes it easier to see them. It still does not give us the diagnosis, it only makes us see them so we can work them up. ...Read more

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If there is a lesion or more in my lung and its too dangerous for a biopsy because of air pockets surrounding it how will they know if its cancerous?

If there is a lesion or more in my lung and its too dangerous for a biopsy because of air pockets surrounding it how will they know if its cancerous?

Biopsy: The specifics of location and anatomy will have an impact. Additionally degree of disease in your lung will impact risk of biopsy. That said, if too risky for radiology guided biopsy, you may be a candidate for inreach/em-navigation bronchoscopy with biopsy. Again, risks greatly depend on your overall health, location of lesion, and conditions of lung/pulmonary status. ...Read more

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The dr said I have a lung lesion from previous pneumonia.. Its white and perfectly round. Can this be cancerous. I'm worried but the dr didn't seem to b?

The dr said I have a lung lesion from previous pneumonia.. Its white and perfectly round. Can this be cancerous. I'm worried but the dr didn't seem to b?

Possible: But not necessarily, we often find lesions on x rays and ct scans which are not cancerous and amenable to follow up with serial imaging; however, certain radiographic features and size may warrant further investigation with pet/ct or biopsy; I suggest you discuss the findings on your imaging with a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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How large does a lung lesion need to be for it to be detected on a chest x ray?

How large does a lung lesion need to be for it to be detected on a chest x ray?

Depends: Usually 8 to 10 mm in size. A lot depends on location in chest. Sometimes nodules can hide behind other structures such as ribs and heart on this 2 dimensional study. CT of chest with thin slices in multiple planes can detect smaller lesions. ...Read more

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Stage 3 lung cancer treated. Now lesion on liveis it poss. Lesion is not cancer or yes it is cancer?

We can't tell you: Your physician will need to determine whether the liver lesion is cancer. If it is really there, and it is new in this setting, then it is probably cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I got results of a 1 CM suspicious lung lesion and am scheduled for a biopsy tomorrow. Could this be cancer?

Chill: Your question is a bit confusing but as I understand you are going to have a biopsy, no? I know it's easy to say but please chill until you get the results. It may be benign. If it is malignant, make sure you get a good team of doctors from different specialties who will plan the course of therapy properly. Hope it's nothing. ...Read more

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Ok I promise to spell proof br ca 08-10 chemoleft mastectomy. 2 weeks ago CT scan for a diff reason however found very enlarged lymphnodes in mediastatin and lung non calcified lesion. Just want to kno next step as I don't c the dr who ordered the scan n

Ok I promise to spell proof br ca 08-10 chemoleft mastectomy. 2 weeks ago CT scan for a diff reason however found very enlarged lymphnodes in mediastatin and lung non calcified lesion. Just want to kno next step as I don't c the dr who ordered the scan n

Best bet: You simply have to get in as soon as reasonably possible with whoever ordered the ct. The ordering provider must have had motivation to order this study and is almost certainly willing to work with you on this in a timely manner. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I just found out I have a lesion on 2 lungs a 9 & 12 mm, spot on rib, spot 7 x 9 cm in my liver. Found out I had a fatty liver, is it cancer??

I just found out I have a lesion on 2 lungs a 9 & 12 mm, spot on rib, spot 7 x 9 cm in my liver. Found out I had a fatty liver, is it cancer??

I always: Follow the rule. When clinical situations such as yours arise NEVER make a DIAGNOSIS until a piece of TISSUE is analyzed and a Pathological Diagnosis is made by a Specialist!

Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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HILAR MASS LESION IS SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER? What is the best medicine to remove hilar mass lesion.

HILAR MASS LESION IS SYMPTOMS OF LUNG CANCER? What is the best medicine to remove hilar mass lesion.

Concerning: There's no easy answer, Albert. A hilar mass may be lung cancer, or it may be trivial. Here in Kansas City, most of us have old histoplasmosis scars walling off fungi in our pulmonary hila. There's no pill to take just now. Find out the diagnosis and good luck. ...Read more

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My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

My grandfather 73/m is a cancer survivor. Recently they found he had a cavitary lesion in his right lung. Is it a sign that the cancer is back?

Possible: This is very likely. The other possibility is infection. He needs to be seen rather quickly to determine the cause and get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer with a lesion in the brain?

Likely poor/bad.: A lung cancer with a lesion in the brain is considered stage IV as this means that there is distant metastasis. This has a 5 year survival of < 5%, so you can see that the chances of successful therapy are very small. But take heart, for therapy has come a long way and depending on the type, like small cell cancer, chemotherapy can stop even extensive cases. So see your dr. B/c you never know. ...Read more

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Had a CT scan and showed a large bullous lesion on left lung how can this be treated?

Had a CT scan and showed a large bullous lesion on left lung how can this be treated?

Wow: This is a tough issue. It will need the discussion of several lung specialists to find the right option. Vats bullectomy and watchful waiting with bronchodilators are options.

Stay away from er, they tend to put in chest tubes because they think this is a pneumothorax. In asymptomatic patients it is best to not perform surgery.

You must see a lung doc. ...Read more

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