I had a lung xray because of my family history, lung cancer on both sides. They found a 2mm spot that they think is scar tissue, but wanted to watch. I had another xray that states it is now 3mm. My Dr. is referring me to a pulminary specialist to be safe. I am concerned because my dad died at 52, his dad died at 52 and my mothers mom died from lung cancer as well. What do I expect next? I do not cough a lot. I do have pain in my chest almost all the time and I experience extreme fatigue most of the time. Any feedback would be appreciated...just got the news today. My Dr. said they could have just read the second xray wrong because it is so small. Thanks
Please trust me when I say do NOT let the DR's 'watch' or use the 'wait and see' approach. Especially if it's growing & they are not sure of the size of this spot. My father currently has a 5cm tumor on the lower left lobe of his lung.. (however, he had stage IV kidney cancer in 08' and had his kidney removed because it was contained to just the kidney.. & now they're not sure if this tumor on his lung is from kidney cells or lung cancer).. However, He also had chest pains from time to time and started having a cough, but no real obvious sign of lung cancer or that something was going on inside his body.. He had a CT Scan done which showed the tumor and then a PET scan which confirmed it. He has other things going on right now, concerning if it's spread to his bone... And by the time you have the 'obvious' signs of Lung cancer, it's usually aggressive and spreading. I'm not trying to scare you, but you have a family history of it and there is something there, whether or not they think it's scar tissue, it's definitely worth checking out.
Do you smoke?
I would request a CT Scan, if all you had done was an x-ray and stress to the DR that you have a family history and you DEMAND more testing. It's better to be safe than sorry.. believe me. I kept saying I wanted my father to have more testing, even though we were constantly assured everything was fine and now he has cancer that possibly spread or a new 1... Good luck and again, don't let them brush you off, it's YOUR life.
Last edited by sadiebabie; 11-04-2010 at 06:01 AM.
I agree with the last post. I have several nodules in both lungs, (3,5,7,12 mm) and have been going through the same process. As I understand it, the next step would be to get a CT scan. Lung cancer can spread very quickly. And, there is a much greater chance of survival if it's caught early as opposed to later, so that's why it is so important for early detection. If they are concerned, the next step after the CT would be for a PET scan that would check for growth that is indicative of a malignancy. After that, a CT guided biopsy might me indicated, although if it is very small, that might not be possible.
The best approach with lung nodules, especially with someone who has a history of lung cancer in their family, is to determine what the cause is so that it can be treated as soon as possible. My PET scan was negative for cancer. Now we need to find out what else it could be. If it helps any, my nodule grew from one 9mm in size to 12mm plus three others and it was still found to be benign.
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