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Breast cancer in lung

11/10/2008

Question:

I have breast cancer that has metastasized to the lung. I had a needle biopsy of a lesion to determine this. I have numerous tiny spots on my lungs with calcification that don`t seem to be changing which have been labelled granulomas, and we hope they are not cancerous. My last CT scan showed a calcified granuloma of the spleen. This is new. The spleen has been clear until now. Does this mean the cancer has likely spread to the spleen. I haven`t discussed this with my doctor yet.

Answer:

Your questions are good ones, but difficult to answer. Please discuss each concern with your doctor. However, calcified lung or liver granulomas are unlikely to represent cancer.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University