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10 yr bc survivor . Cxr showed a solid nodule in lung, or in chest wall. What's the difference of lung and chest wall? Scar tissue fm mastectomy ?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Need Further Work-Up

The chest wall refers to the ribcage and muscles that cover them; the lungs are within the rib cage.
A solid nodule in either location, especially if it is new, requires further testing & possible biopsy to determine if it is cancerous or scar tissue; this should begin with a (pet) ct to determine exactly where this nodule is.

In brief: Need Further Work-Up

The chest wall refers to the ribcage and muscles that cover them; the lungs are within the rib cage.
A solid nodule in either location, especially if it is new, requires further testing & possible biopsy to determine if it is cancerous or scar tissue; this should begin with a (pet) ct to determine exactly where this nodule is.
Thank
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Solid nodule

There are limitation with cxr. It is a 2d so, depending on your position when you had the cxr taken ( lateral, ap ?) , the angle, etc, sometimes, it will be hard to say whether it is actually located where? Other imaging to evaluate the nodule in detail-like a ct scan of the chest would be a better and should be done.
A pet scan should also be considered. I dont think it's from mastectomy's scar.

In brief: Solid nodule

There are limitation with cxr. It is a 2d so, depending on your position when you had the cxr taken ( lateral, ap ?) , the angle, etc, sometimes, it will be hard to say whether it is actually located where? Other imaging to evaluate the nodule in detail-like a ct scan of the chest would be a better and should be done.
A pet scan should also be considered. I dont think it's from mastectomy's scar.
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