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Lung Cancer

Subcarinal lymph node

11/16/2007

Question:

I have recently had a CT scan which identified a 9 mm subcarinal lymph node, I have had previous breast cancer and during follow up have never had a node appear in my chest x ray. What would you suggest as the next step and if only one node then are my chances of not having cancer better????

Answer:

Lymph nodes less than 1 cm are considered normal.  However, if this lymph node is larger than in the past, I would follow up with another chest CT in 4-6 months.

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati