My mum had an x ray or ct in early July 2017. Some lung nodules were detected. The doctor said he wasn't too concerned but refered her to a respitory clinic.
She attended that appointment today. They did breathing tests and examined her. They didn't do another scan because she was wearing a plaster from a broken wrist. They said they would write to her doctor and arrange for a scan to be done.
How long should she wait for a second scan if cancer is suspected? What type of scan should it be? X-ray or ct? She was a smoker for 40 years.
I am concerned because I know the nodules can grow quite fast and I really think a scan 7 months ago is too long ago. Some people don't show symptoms of lung cancer until it's too late so waiting for symptoms to appear is ridiculous.
What should we do in this situation? Can someone please advise? Is there a timeframe for treatment if cancer is suspected? And if they don't suspect cancer then why are they suggesting she has another scan to check if the nodules have grown?
I should add she is losing weight but we don't know if that's because her thyroid meds and an antipsychotic medication were lowered.