CT scan spot on lung 7 years post lobectomy
My Father is 86 years old and in excellent health, walks 3 miles a day, sharp as a tack. He had a lobectomy for bronchioalveolar carcinoma of the lung 7 years ago and has been cancer free since. Did not need any chemo or radiation after the initial surgery. His last CT scan showed a spot on his other lung. Doctor did not think it was anything to worry about, but because of his history told him to get a repeat CT scan in 3 months. He went today to followup on the repeat CT scan and the spot was still present, but had not changed in size. Doctor sent him to have a TB test and mentioned the only way to find out what it is would be to take it out. Told him to have a repeat CT scan in 6 months. My Dad is freaked out, thinking the cancer is back. I am not sure what to think of this. I am surprised the doctor did not refer him to a pulmonologist for a bronchoscopy? I would think with the size of the spot unchanged that is a good sign, but am not familiar enough with lung cancer to know if a typical lung cancer would change in size in a 3 month period of time. Any input would be appreciated.