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Lung Cancer

Nodule in the lung

02/04/2010

Question:

My father had cancer in his tonsils in 06` when the surgery was done they also found and removed some cancer in his lymphoid. Recently he has been feeling bad, pain in his stomach, but when doing a scan they found a nodule in his lungs. Is this a common thing that happens in people, or should we be more concerned due to his past run with cancer in the head and neck area? Also, he has never been a smoker and is only 53.

Answer:

Thank you for your question. Your father's history of cancer does place him at risk for either recurrence or a new malignancy. Therefore, it will be important for you and your father to discuss with his care giver a plan for assessing this lung nodule.

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Response by:

Patrick  Nana-Sinkam, MD Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University