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Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD Message Board

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My 85 year old mom started complaining of shortness of breath shortly
after she hurt her back - a compression fracture of one of her vertebrae.
She also has osteoporosis, with the classic hump on her upper back. The
point of the compression fracture is a pronounced lump which continues
to cause her pain.

My dad had been sick so she never bothered going to the doctor until
after he passed away (4/07). The shortness of breath happens mostly
during normal exertion - climbing stairs, etc. - and she recovers in a normal
amount of time. She's a real fire-ball and the shortness of breath never
keeps her from doing anything.

She went to her general practitioner last summer, had some breathing tests,
and a chest x-ray. Nothing unusual showed up and she was told that
it was most likely anxiety due to the loss of her husband after 60 years of

Her 90 year old sister has lung cancer and kept encouraging my mom to
pursue more tests, so mom went back to the doctor at the beginning of
February. They did another chest x-ray which, again, didn't show anything.
This time the doctor suggested that she have a cat scan just to be
sure. The results came back that she has nodules on her lungs.
We weren't told anything more than mention of calcification.
She has since had an mri and another cat scan of her upper g.i. to rule
out cancer anywhere else that may have spread. Those tests came
back fine so she is scheduled for a pet scan next week.

I'm wondering, if the nodules were cancer wouldn't they have grown and shown up on the 2nd x-ray, since at least 6 months had passed since the
first x-ray?

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