I had a chest x-ray and it shows a mass on or near the lung. I am going for a CT scan. Is it possible that it is not maligant? Or does the pretty much mean it is cancer? I am 59 year old female. I had breast cancer 9 years ago. Lumpectomy and radiation.
Hi. The fact that you've had a previous history of breast cancer increases the likelihood that the lung mass detected on chest x-ray is malignant. There is always a possibility that the "mass" is not cancerous. It may be an infection such as tuberculosis or pneumonia. Sarcoidosis, a condition wherein non-cancerous nodules are formed in different parts of the body, may also be seen as a "mass" on chest x-ray. Additional tests will be needed (e.g. biopsy) to determine the nature of that lung mass.
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