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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer/Throat cancer

09/24/2009

Question:

I am having a biopsy done in about 2 weeks. Bronchoscopy to be exact. I have COPD, alot of pain in the upper back & front of chest,cough alot, trouble swallowing, sometimes get pain in throat & hard/hurts to swallow. Have several nodules/both lungs bout 7mm each. Should I be worried I have cancer? Thanks :)D

Answer:

Thank you for your question. A nodule in the lung is always worrisome for cancer, however, this can also be from infection or scar. You did not mention your smoking status, however, if you have COPD, I am assuming you have some smoking exposure. Smokers with lung nodules are at an increased risk for cancer. Depending on the size, biopsies can be done.

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Response by:

Shaheen  Islam, MD, MPH Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University