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Old 02-20-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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8 mm lung nodule

Hello...new to forum. My husband went to the ER a week ago for an unrelated issue and was giving a chest CT. The nurse practitioner came back and said that there was an 8mm groundglass nodule on my husband's upper right lobe. She terrified us since my husband has been a moderate smoke on and off for 10+ years and basically told us he has cancer. He's smoked approximately 4 cigarettes a day - never a pack/day. He is 40 years old and also has had 2 bouts of bronchitis and asthma attacks. My own mom died of cancer at the age of 42, so I am terrified about this situation. We went to our regular internist and she is going to do a follow-up CT in 2 months. There was no other descriptive info on the CT results - nothing about calcification, etc. I hope others have some positive stories or thoughts to share. Thanks.

 
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hello...new to forum. My husband went to the ER a week ago for an unrelated issue and was giving a chest CT. The nurse practitioner came back and said that there was an 8mm groundglass nodule on my husband's upper right lobe. She terrified us since my husband has been a moderate smoke on and off for 10+ years and basically told us he has cancer. He's smoked approximately 4 cigarettes a day - never a pack/day. He is 40 years old and also has had 2 bouts of bronchitis and asthma attacks. My own mom died of cancer at the age of 42, so I am terrified about this situation. We went to our regular internist and she is going to do a follow-up CT in 2 months. There was no other descriptive info on the CT results - nothing about calcification, etc. I hope others have some positive stories or thoughts to share. Thanks.
Well look a nurse practioner can't diagnose lung cancer from a chest ct scan. No offense to nurse practioners. Lung nodules can be sourced by many conditions. I have a few nodules and it's not cancer. You need to get him to a pulmonologist who is trained to treat lung conditions. Chances are he will need to be followed for a while as I am. Don't panic but get him to a pulmonary dr. Good luck. Sending hugs your way.

 
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Re: 8 mm lung nodule

nodules in the lungs are also found with sjogrens syndrome, copd and interstitial cystitius. none of them are malignant. i have nodules all over...thryoid, lungs, kidney, breasts, ovaries and even on one knuckle and ome in my arms and legs. you mentioned that she "basically told you he had lung cancer". i'm assuming no biopsy has been done and they probably can't really determine, exactly what it is at this point. good idea just to keep frequent in appts. and wait. it could just be a nodule.

 
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Thanks to both of you for your replies. I've spoken with a few other people and received a really positive response from a doc on another board, so I'm feeling more optimistic. I furious at the NP for terrifying us particularly since she told us that groundglass appearance is indicative of malignancy and the doctor I've been corresponding with - who is a pulmonologist - said the exact opposite!

 
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my doc also told me that nodules in the lungs are indicative of copd, but after 2 cardiopulmonary tests...one each year....the first was at 97% lung capacity and my second was at 99% lung capacity. the 30 year old girl that was doing my testing and had never smoked a day in her life....her test was only 93%. really hate that word "indicative". just means....."could be". glad to hear you investigated further. there are many other tests that they would need to do if they seriously suspected something. hang in there and just wait until you get final results. no sense in wasting good energy on stressing. good luck and keep in touch.

 
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:16 PM   #6
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Hi,

I am in a similar situation.

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Old 03-16-2012, 06:45 AM   #7
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What is your situation?

 
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Hi. I was told by several MD's that I probably have lung cancer. I'm home now, recovering from a wedge resection of my left lower lobe. I got the call this morning that I have histoplasmosis-a fungal infection. The moral of the story is, see a lung specialist. Only they can tell you what it is, exactly.

 
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