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    Non-calcified nodule?

    I am a 38 year old female, went to see the doctor about some pain in my side and some shortness of breath. I was told after a CT scan that I had a 4mm non-calcified nodule in the bottom of my right lung. I was told to repeat the scan in 2 months. I did so this week and was told my 4mm is now 4 cm and there is another 3.5mm nodule next to it. I will see a specialist in 2 weeks. I have no idea what to think, every search I run leads to Lung Cancer websites! I am worried and two weeks is a long time to worry. Has anyone else had any experience with a non-calcified nodule this big, or that has grown that fast? I am starving for information.

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    I am sorry that no one has replied to you yet... even if we don't have much to offer you right now. I can't imagine how difficult this waiting is on you! I want you to know that I am thinking about and praying for you.
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    Waiting is the pits, that is for sure! Thanks for your support, I appreciate it. Monday I get to see the specialist, so I am trying to keep myself busy. I am NOT reading anymore things on the internet about my nodules, no sense getting upset until I know the whole story. Good luck with that, huh. I hope all is well with you.

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    be confident!

    Sonny's Girl,

    Honestly, your nodule is very likely a cancer because it grows quite fast:
    from 4 mm to 4 cm in 2 months, and also produced satellite lesion around
    the main one. However please do not worry about it too much as cancer
    does not mean death now, and we have many options for the healing and
    recovery, so be confident and do not think of it that much. Here is a
    good sentence: It is not that cancer suppress us but our thought about
    cancer."

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    prayers to you

    Sonny's Girl
    I too am a 38 year old female that was diagnosed with a 4mm noncalcified nodule in my lower right lung after a ct scan, I was also diagnosed with centrilobular emphysema in the upper lung fields, and pericardial effusion (No, I don't smoke) After reading your post I will not wait even though I was told that "statistically, this is most likely benign". Sorry I have not helped you, but you helped me. I pray that you receive good news and the strength to deal with all things.
    JEANNETTE

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    Sonny's Girl,

    I'm absolutely horrified that you even have to worry about cancer at such a young age. I understand that "all roads lead to lung cancer" in your research.

    My husband's x-rays came out weird initially and we were sent to a lung specialist. The one in the practice that our doctor recommended didn't have openings right away, so we took another doc in the same practice. From the start of x-ray's to his wedge-section biopsy was three weeks. I'd check and see if another specialist is available sooner. You already have the CT scans done, but there are other tests that will have to be done to determine the proper diagnosis. I'd hate to think you are waiting and worrying like this for another two weeks.

    Call and get pushy, nice, but pushy -- ask for any open spot that becomes available.

    Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Even if it is just to come here and vent your worries.

    God bless you,
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    Re: Non-calcified nodule?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny's Girl
    I am a 38 year old female, went to see the doctor about some pain in my side and some shortness of breath. I was told after a CT scan that I had a 4mm non-calcified nodule in the bottom of my right lung. I was told to repeat the scan in 2 months. I did so this week and was told my 4mm is now 4 cm and there is another 3.5mm nodule next to it. I will see a specialist in 2 weeks. I have no idea what to think, every search I run leads to Lung Cancer websites! I am worried and two weeks is a long time to worry. Has anyone else had any experience with a non-calcified nodule this big, or that has grown that fast? I am starving for information.
    I too am worried. I may have to change my approach and try to get a second opinion after reading your post. After getting a full chest CT they found 4 nodules on my lungs. I was told not to worry they are small (3-4mm) and that he wants to wait and see if they grow.
    I don't think I'm comfortable waiting........ UGH.
    Kelly

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    Sonny's Girl, just wondering if you got to see the specialist. You are still in my thoughts and prayers.
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    Re: KellyMarie

    Do not wait, time is important to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavin
    Do not wait, time is important to you.
    I picked up the radiology report today and here is what it says:

    Comment:

    At the left lung base again noted is a 2mm nodule. Within the lingula, there is also a 2mm nodule. Findings are stable. Within the anterior aspect of the right lower lobe there is a 2.2mm nodule best seen on image 32. There is a 3mm nodule associated with the lower aspect of the left major left fissure on image 40. No definite pulmonary mass, mediastinal adenopathy or pleural or pericardial effusion.

    Conclusion: Subcentimeter pulmonary nodules in both lungs as detailed above for which followup study in 4-6 months is recommended.

    So, this really doesn't tell me anything such as is there calcification, are the edges smooth margins? Does it appear benign or malignant? The doctor is supposed to call and let me know these things. I am having an MRI on the liver next week (found a spot there that one doc believes to be a hemangioma).
    Kelly

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    Lung nodules are really difficult to make sense of. Sometimes they are clearly benign (not cancereous), e.g. if they are calcified (after prior infection), and sometimes they are very suspicious due to their shape being described e.g. as spiculated.

    Unfortunately this leaves the majority, especially small lung nodules in a gray zone. I always tell my patients that if you would take 20 "healthy" people walking outside on the street and would do CT scans you would find several with these nodules.

    PET scans (especially PET-CT) can sometimes help if they are larger than 5mm. Below that it's very difficult.

    The 100% way to know is to take them out surgically, but that's not appropriate as most will turn out to be benign.

    If you have lung nodules you should discuss them very carefully with your doctor. It's vital to follow them very closely, because if they turn out to be cancerous it is extremely important to find out as early as possible.
    Tanguy Seiwert, MD
    Medical Oncologist, University of Chicago

    Disclaimer: This information is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Please always consult with your physician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocSeiwert
    Lung nodules are really difficult to make sense of. Sometimes they are clearly benign (not cancereous), e.g. if they are calcified (after prior infection), and sometimes they are very suspicious due to their shape being described e.g. as spiculated.

    Unfortunately this leaves the majority, especially small lung nodules in a gray zone. I always tell my patients that if you would take 20 "healthy" people walking outside on the street and would do CT scans you would find several with these nodules.

    PET scans (especially PET-CT) can sometimes help if they are larger than 5mm. Below that it's very difficult.

    The 100% way to know is to take them out surgically, but that's not appropriate as most will turn out to be benign.

    If you have lung nodules you should discuss them very carefully with your doctor. It's vital to follow them very closely, because if they turn out to be cancerous it is extremely important to find out as early as possible.
    Thanks for your reply. My doctor did say they are extremely small and did call me yesterday saying they "appear" benign and the radiologist recommendation is to wait 4-6 months for a repeat CT. However, with my history of bladder CA I believe, he said he's going to be more aggressive and do a repeat CT in December (2 months). He also said PET would not be useful right now because they are so small.
    Thanks again for your reply. It helps.
    Kelly

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    Re: Kelly

    Kelly,

    I hope it's a benign tumor, however, it grows too fast and produced
    more small ones in a short time. It is generally a cancer's behavior.
    So it is good to get diagnosis ASAP.

    Kavin

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    Re: Kelly

    Quote Originally Posted by Kavin
    Kelly,

    I hope it's a benign tumor, however, it grows too fast and produced
    more small ones in a short time. It is generally a cancer's behavior.
    So it is good to get diagnosis ASAP.

    Kavin
    I'm sorry I think I made it confusing. I wrote within another person's post, I'm not the original poster. I probably should have started my own. Sorry about that. This is the first time finding the nodules for me.
    Kelly

 
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