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Lung diseases

Nodule on lung

07/22/2008

Question:

My mother-in-law is a smoker and smokes a lot. She was just told that she has a nodule on her lung. She has been coughing up blood for about a month now. Could it be cancer? They are sending her for a PET scan.

Answer:

This could be lung cancer, although infectious causes are also possible (pneumonia). A PET scan is reasonable. She should consider consultation with a lung cancer specialist—a thoracic surgeon, a pulmonologist, or an oncologist.

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Response by:

Michael F Reed, MD Michael F Reed, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati