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Lung Cancer

What are the possibilities of malignancy?

06/23/2009

Question:

Within the last three weeks I have had two ct scans(with and without contrast) which both showed a smoothly marginated non-calcified nodule in the upper portion of my right lung. I am a non smoker, however, breast cancer to bone cancer to uterine cancer is prevalent in my family.

Can you tell from the size of the nodule or the non-calfication of the possible malignancy of the nodule? the size is 12x12x13mm.

My doctor has ordered a Pet scan for me.

Thank you for your time.

Answer:

Certainly without a history of smoking, cancer is less likely.  If the PET scan is negative, they will likely want to follow with serial CT scans. 

I hope this helps.

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati