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Old 05-22-2006, 11:26 AM   #1
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Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

Hi,

I have never used this system before. I am a realtively new computer user, very technically challenged. I am a 49 year old female. Personal history of smoking, my father had lung cancer. I quit smoking April 11, 2006. I Have somewhat neglected self healthcare, but have seen physicians as needed for problems. I am a nurse (go figure) chronic, serial caregiver. Pretty stressed, mostly single parenting three children. I had a low dose CT of the chest last week. There is a 2mm non calcified nodule seen in the left upper lobe. I requested the chest CT because of my smoking history and family history. I am scheduled for a follow up visit with my physician. I left a message requesting his office get back to me to see if some other tests (perhaps a PET scan would be a good idea) before I see the doctor. I really am pressed for time. My children were seriously traumatized when there father walked out without warning shortly after my father passed away last year. I have everyone in counseling. It's daunting, I am always trying to schedule things together and make accomodations for my work, the kids school and other activities. It's hard to deal with what may be time wasting appointments. I would hate to go see the doctor just to find out I need further diognostics that could be determined, ordered and scheduled over the phone, and then will need to see him again. Any thoughts on all of this.

By the way, my father's lung cancer was diagnosed in 1992. He had a right middle lobectomy. He had one positive node (I think near the identified lesion) and he had some radiation therapy. That to the best of my knowledge was that. He had a plethora of other health problems, but they were probably not related to his lung cancer. (Some may have been related to the radiation therapy he recieved). Otherwise he trudged on better than most healthy individuals (with the occasional acute exacerbation of something) up until he passed away. (He arrested while he was having dialysis). Long story, but he was amazing!

 
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:41 AM   #2
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Re: Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

I had a CT scan in march and they found a 5mm nodule on my lower right lung but the pulmonary doctor said its too small to properly biopsy and or do a pet scan and they told me to wait 6 months and go for a followup CT scan to see if it changes size and if it does then we will do the next steps. I never smoked so she was in agreeement with my regular doctor that it may just be scar tissue but of course I don't believe that and will be going for a followup CT scan at 3-4 months instead of 6 as I dont want it to grow all over my body before they do something about it lol. Good luck to you , at 2mm I doubt they will be able to do much except wait and see if it changes size at all in the future though I could be wrong.

 
Old 05-23-2006, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

Hi Lutheran 122,

Thank you for responding. I spoke with my doctor yesterday and he told me exactly what your doctor told you. He reccomends a repeat CT in 3 months, and every three months for two years. He said if there is no change in two years it is very likely a scar. If it changes or grows in the two years it should probably be removed. I feel relieved after speaking with him and hearing from you. Even if these turn out to be something (your spot and mine) it seems as though they have been found very early. I would guess that is a good thing. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

 
Old 06-09-2006, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

Hello--I am new to this message board/thread forum, but have found it very helpful to read what other people have been saying.
I went in for a CT of my abdomen for some digestive problems I was having and to my complete surprise--my Dr. called the very next morning to tell me they found 2 different 5mm nodules in the lower right lobe of my lung. I didn't even know they could see my lungs on this abdominal scan. I am pretty concerned about it--I do not smoke but my husband of 30 years does. I was told the same thing several of you mentioned--that I should just wait for 6 months and have another CT scan done then. I'm not very comfortable with this mainly because my husband was just diagnosed in Nov. with inoperable, aggressive prostate cancer which is somewhat rare for a 51 year old man. His PSA rose from a 12 to a 25 in just 2 months and we were told that it becomes inoperable when the PSA reaches 20 and above, as the cancer has most likely penetrated the prostate wall and there are likely micro pockets in the bones. They wanted to do PSA's for several months before deciding on the next step and it looks to me like the delay caused him a much poorer prognosis. He has just undergone 8 weeks of radiation and is on hormone shots which are a horrible thing for him (and me), but they say this is the best way to slow the cancer down.
Anyway--we certainly don't need this scare now of me having two lung nodules. I realize there are benign nodules as well, but does anyone know if there are some non-invasive tests that can help determine the nature of the nodules? Is there a blood test like the PSA for prostate cancer? Would a chest xray show anything different? The fact I have two of them concerns me. I do have a hard time in our high altitude catching a deep breath, and I get dizzy at times--have no idea if this is related.
Sorry for rambling--I probably lost some of you, but this is brand new news to me and I would appreciate anyones input.
Thanks much
Cindy

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Old 06-11-2006, 06:35 AM   #5
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Re: Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

I have written here before about my case with 2 lung nodules (a 19 x 20 mm and a 5 mm). And I just had my repeat CT scan after 3 months that showed there was no change in the nodules. The docs seemed to be convinced now that they are ganulomas (scar tissue) left over from a lung infection. In my case, it was coccidiodomycosis (aka Valley Fever which is prevlant in the Soutwest U.S.) , but there are a lot of other ways to get lung scar tissue from a host of infections. Please jest keep in mind that the statisitics show the majority of lung nodules are not malignant.

 
Old 06-13-2006, 12:29 AM   #6
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Re: Concerned regarding 2mm non calcified nodule left upper lobe found on CT

Thanks for your reply to my post re: two 5mm lung nodules. I am trying to stay positive although I have never had a lung infection that I know of. Some people have mentioned that they went in at 3-4 months instead of the recommended 6 months for a repeat CT scan. I wonder if insurance will pay for it if you request an earlier test. We have Kaiser insurance which is a managed care so I doubt if they will allow me to do it sooner. I may request to see a Pulmonary specialist just for peace of mind--6 months is a long time to have this on my mind--especially with my sick husband. I was glad to hear your 3 month CT scan showed no changes. Good luck to you.

 
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