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I'm new to the boards and need some reassurance. I'm 37 years old and for my birthday, I 'treated' myself to a full-body scan. My doc called and said everything was normal except that I had a 3 mm non calcified nodule in one of my lungs. She said to come back for a CT scan in 3-6 months. I called her back and told her that I didn't want to wait that long to find out if it was cancerous or not. She said that it was so small that they couldn't do any other testing on it at this time. Is that true? I am a smoker (3-7 cigs per day) and am very concerned. She said that it could just be some old scarring or something, but that doesn't make me feel any better!

Is there a difference in calcified and non calcified? And does that determine the benign-ness of a nodule?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks much!
Hey! Try to relax a litte...I have just been through this in NOvember right after Thanksgiving. My nodule is 8mm and is also non calcified. I also demanded a boipsy until i did further research and decided to do the wait and see approach for three months and get another ct in early March. The reason for this is that your nodule could be a million different things..its only natural to think that it might be cancer..i did the same thing. Also there are many risks associated with doing biopsys on the lungs...so until you get your follow up ct or xray and if the nodule has changed at all is the only time i'd really recommend you talk to your dr. about getting a biopsy. Do you live in the south or near the mississippi river? The reason I ask is that there is a specific fungus that is very common along this area that exposes you to getting these nodules..and they are harmless. Some of them become calcified after a while and some (few) stay non calcified. You might have been exposed recently to this type of fungus and not even known it. It can also be related to being exposed to TP, pneumonia, other types of lung infections, asbestos and a million other things. But try not to worry over the next few months while you are waiting your results from your follow up ct or xray. Keep me informed. I hope this helped....Keep in touch!!!

Sharlie
Yes, let's keep in touch! I got my x ray the Monday after Thanksgiving because I started getting short of breath on Sunday and could barely get off the couch w/ out needing to rest and feeling completely pooped. I wasn't coughing or anything but I was just whooped. I was also having really really bad pain right above my sternum and on the left lung area. So they did the xray thinking it was pneumonia or bronchitis and they came back neg, but they found the "spot" on my lung. So they had me get a ct scan to get a better picture of it and all the radiologist said was that it was an 8mm non calcified, non specific pleural based nodule..blah blah blah. :~) I went to one pulmnologist and he was horrible and rude so I got a second opinion and I love this new doc. I really hope you like your doctor and feel like you can talk w/ her/him and ask questions. If not, you might want to get a second opinion. But I'm hoping all is ok. I'm learning that if I think about it all the time I"ll drive myself crazy until March, so I'm just hoping for the best. I don't smoke, never have and there is no family histor of lung problems, but just about everyone in my family has cancer..so that is a bit scary. My sister quit smoking about two years ago...I'll talk w/ her tonight about what she did to quit and give you the scoop! Take care and treat yourself to something like a massage or a chocolate sunday!!
[QUOTE=llovell67]I'm new to the boards and need some reassurance. I'm 37 years old and for my birthday, I 'treated' myself to a full-body scan. My doc called and said everything was normal except that I had a 3 mm non calcified nodule in one of my lungs. She said to come back for a CT scan in 3-6 months. I called her back and told her that I didn't want to wait that long to find out if it was cancerous or not. She said that it was so small that they couldn't do any other testing on it at this time. Is that true? I am a smoker (3-7 cigs per day) and am very concerned. She said that it could just be some old scarring or something, but that doesn't make me feel any better!

Is there a difference in calcified and non calcified? And does that determine the benign-ness of a nodule?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks much![/QUOTE]

Try not to worry ok? I have a 5mm nodule in the left lung, they discovered it back in 2000 and made me come in every 6 mos for 2 yrs and it never changed nor did it calcify either. i was anxious for over a year and it wasn't anything. Calcified means it has been there a long time and they don't bother further testing. Mine still isn't calcified but it hasn't grown either, in the last Ct it appeared more like a scar tissue. Anything to do with the lung brings more anxiety and really alot of weird nodules, cysts and stuff happen in the lung and it isn't unusual but we think the big C right away. Especially us smokers
[QUOTE=llovell67]I'm new to the boards and need some reassurance. I'm 37 years old and for my birthday, I 'treated' myself to a full-body scan. My doc called and said everything was normal except that I had a 3 mm non calcified nodule in one of my lungs. She said to come back for a CT scan in 3-6 months. I called her back and told her that I didn't want to wait that long to find out if it was cancerous or not. She said that it was so small that they couldn't do any other testing on it at this time. Is that true? I am a smoker (3-7 cigs per day) and am very concerned. She said that it could just be some old scarring or something, but that doesn't make me feel any better!

Is there a difference in calcified and non calcified? And does that determine the benign-ness of a nodule?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks much![/QUOTE]
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Looks like there are 3 of us going through the very same thing. I had an xray because I had some bumps on top of my head and the left side of my neck was puffed out. The doctor told me that she could feel a lympthnoid and one under my arm. Now I did have non hodgeskins lymphoma 20 years ago. I have been in remision ever since and have lived quite a normal life. The xray tech did see a mass in my rt lung and felt it should be looked into a little further. They sceduled me for a ct scan. They sceduled me for a PET Ct scan. This is a fairly expensive test but is very acurate in the results. What they do is put a radio active material into you (harmless). If there is anything that is alive like a tumor or infection it will light up. I too have a difficult time to breath at times. My doctor went ahead and sceduled a Ct guided Biopsy because he said some insurance companies would not allow the PET scan without a tissue sample. They took a needle and went into my lung to get a sample of this "Matter". The day we got back from the biopsy the test results were in from the bisopsy. The doctor had called and stated that the bisopsy was negative. Now here is the clincher. We went to my appointment for get the results from the PET scan and it did show that something was active. It was not know if it was truely cancer of the lung or just an infection. This is the type of infection that Lisa referred too is common in some areas. So now I have one negative test and one positive. The choices given by my doctor were a)Get another biopsy b)Wait and have another ct scan in 3 months and if it has grown any c)Surgery. After speaking with the surgeon he had told me that if he was going to do the surgery they would have to remove the complete lung. This would call for extensive healing time. Because of this I opted that we wait the 3 months. My next ct is March 8th. The other thing which made me want to wait and again Lisa had mentioned this is the fact that it was completely round. This is uncommon of cancer. It also was non calcified. Calcified means that it has been there awhile and non means that it is new.
Keep a positive mind as difficult as it may seem at times and remember it could be just infection. I never smoked but now I have this. 2nd hand smoke who knows. And with what is being put in our air today it could be just Yucky stuff.
Good luck and stay in touch.
Ron.
Hiya!

I also just got over having bronchitis and they dectected a 7mm lung nodule. I also have pleurisy. My doctor wanted me to wait three months but I have a high incidence of lung cancer among non-smokers in my family, so I asked him to rush it. My CAT scan is actually tonight and I'm nervous - but I'm hoping it is just a scar from having the bronchitis or something. I also heard about the "Valley Fever" for people who live near the Ohio and Mississsippi Rivers. The doctors can do a test to see if the fungus is in your system. However, usually people do not get this "fever" unless they have just moved to the new area. Most people in the area have built up an immunity to the fungus. It is only when your immune system is suppressed, from illness, that you may become more succeptible, if you have lived in the area for quite some time.

Please keep me posted and I will let you know what the CAT scan results say. Best of luck to all!

Genners
[QUOTE=eilrash]Hey! Try to relax a litte...I have just been through this in NOvember right after Thanksgiving. My nodule is 8mm and is also non calcified. I also demanded a boipsy until i did further research and decided to do the wait and see approach for three months and get another ct in early March. The reason for this is that your nodule could be a million different things..its only natural to think that it might be cancer..i did the same thing. Also there are many risks associated with doing biopsys on the lungs...so until you get your follow up ct or xray and if the nodule has changed at all is the only time i'd really recommend you talk to your dr. about getting a biopsy. Do you live in the south or near the mississippi river? The reason I ask is that there is a specific fungus that is very common along this area that exposes you to getting these nodules..and they are harmless. Some of them become calcified after a while and some (few) stay non calcified. You might have been exposed recently to this type of fungus and not even known it. It can also be related to being exposed to TP, pneumonia, other types of lung infections, asbestos and a million other things. But try not to worry over the next few months while you are waiting your results from your follow up ct or xray. Keep me informed. I hope this helped....Keep in touch!!!

Sharlie[/QUOTE]





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