I had a CT scan (because of abdominal pain) back in June of 07. I had a 4.4 mm nodule on my lower left lung. I had a repeat CT done Jan. 18th and it has grown from 4.4mm to 6mm. I am scared to death, needless to say. I am curious if anyone knows anything about growth rates & what this could mean. I mean, I am guessing that if it's growing, it's cancer. But How fast does small cell grow, vs other types? I have an appt. with a pulmonary guy in 15 days, will go crazy between now & then.
Forgot to mention that I am only 38 years old, so this is really scary, as I have a 14 year old daughter at home & don't want to die. Can they remove the section of lung & there is any real possibility of surviving? I have always thought, lung cancer=death. I am SO scared.
Hi. I think it is a little premature to say for certain that your lung nodule is cancer. Although the possibility is there, and the risk is greater if you happen to be a heavy smoker. There are other diseases like tuberculosis or sarcoidosis which can present as an enlarging lung nodule. So don't jump to any conclusions just yet. It's a good thing that you're consulting with a pulmonologist so the matter can be settled soon. I hope things turn out for the better.
I don't have TB, and I'm not sure what sarcoidis is, but I don't have the symptoms of it. I have also been a pack a day smoker for 22 years. So I am pretty sure it is cancer. I just wonder, if they catch it while it's small, isn't there a chance of beating it? I have been looking around the internet & the odds of people living seem extremely terrible. I hope that the statistics are off a bit.
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