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Lung nodules

9 Feb 2018 22:44

Hi,

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.

Thank you.

 

Re: Lung nodules

12 Feb 2018 15:08 in response to amco42

Hello and thanks for your post

I am sorry to learn about your mum. I can appreciate that you would want her to have a CT scan as soon as possible.

Your mum’s lung nodules may be nothing to worry about. If people without health problems were scanned many would be found to have nodules in organs including the lungs and spleen. In most cases these are benign (non-cancer related) cysts and often they will disappear on their own. It can be difficult when people are diagnosed with cancer to distinguish between benign and cancer related (malignant) cysts.

Doctors follow clinical guidance when looking at lung nodules. You can read more about this and how often scans are carried out by clicking here.  This helps them to decide what types of nodules need to be followed up to see if they change.  It is often the case of repeating scans and monitoring any changes in the nodules. If scans continue to show no growth there is a good chance that it is nothing to worry about.  Your mum’s GP or hospital specialist will be able to advise on how often she needs to be followed up with a CT Scan. If they suspected cancer a scan would usually be done within 2 to 4 weeks.

I hope this helps. If you would like to speak to one of the nurses directly, you can telephone us on 0808 800 4040. We are here from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Best wishes,

Celene