Had a chest xray showed a 1mm nodule in the lower right lobe. Had a ct scan done showed several nodules - one was 1.3 cm, one was 3-4 mm and then a fatty tumor and then the one in the lower right lobe that they said was very tiny. All of the other three looked calcified and stable. But the other was was so tiny that they need to watch it because I don't have any other xrays/ct scans to go by. Why couldn't the xray show all these other nodules that were bigger but it showed the small one? How big does this nodule have to be before they will know if it is stable. Also, the small nodule apparently didn't change in the 2 months between the xray and the ct scan. So I am scheduled for another ct scan in 6 months. Would this nodule have grown if it was going to do anything. If the other nodules are stable can these change? Sorry for so many questions - just concerned. Thanks.
It is strange that the 1.3 cm nodule was not seen on the chest x-ray, especially since it is calcified. However such things do happen with plain x-rays, for example, when the nodule lies behind a rib.
Calcification is a reliable sign that a nodule is not cancer, especially when there are multiple nodules. By its tiny size alone the 1 mm nodule is highly unlikely to be cancer. In addition its association with similar, but calcified, nodules makes this 1 mm nodule very unlikely to be cancer.
Nothing can be concluded from a nodule that has not changed in 2 months. A nodule must not change for 2 years to be considered stable. A nodule that will eventually grow may be stable for 6 months. The important thing is that it has not grown after 6 months. Repeating the CT scan in 6 months, again in another 6 months, and then, if no change is seen repeating the CT scan in 2 years is quite appropriate.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.