82-year old male with 6 cm. nodule in left lower lung
In '08 my dad had a CT scan which showed some scarring due to TB when he was young in the right lung. It also showed a 5 mm nodule in the left lower lung. He met with a lung specialist who said it was likely nothing.
In June '10 he had a physical with his primary care. She suggested a follow-up CT scan which he had Tuesday. This morning the primary called and wants him to have a follow-up CT scan with contrast.
The 5 mm nodule is now a 6 cm nodule. I'm wondering if this is a likely lung cancer. He is 82 and was a heavy smoker for a good portion of his life.
The doctor is recommending the CT before a biopsy due to his age.
I got the sense from her (through tone and what she said) that she thinks this is a lung cancer.
First, do you think this is likely a lung cancer? Second, can you have a definitive diagnosis of lung cancer from a CT scan?
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