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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Lung cancer/Throat cancer
I am having a biopsy done in about 2 weeks. Bronchoscopy to be exact. I have COPD, alot of pain in the upper back & front of chest,cough alot, trouble swallowing, sometimes get pain in throat & hard/hurts to swallow. Have several nodules/both lungs bout 7mm each. Should I be worried I have cancer? Thanks :)D
Thank you for your question. A nodule in the lung is always worrisome for cancer, however, this can also be from infection or scar. You did not mention your smoking status, however, if you have COPD, I am assuming you have some smoking exposure. Smokers with lung nodules are at an increased risk for cancer. Depending on the size, biopsies can be done.
Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University