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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Breast Cancer Noncalcified Nodule
I have invasive ductal cancer of the right breast. I had 2 ct scans in the last two months. I have been going through chemo before surgery. Before my surgery they did another scan and found a 5 mm noncalcified nodule on the upper right lobe and a calcified granuloma in the lingula. The cardilogist wasn`t concerned at all, but my surgeon believes I need follow up. Should I be concerned that my breast cancer has spread to my lungs?
Thank you for your question. There are several factors that we consider in determining the malignant risk of a lung nodule. These factors include size, appearance, risk factors and growth pattern. Given your risk factor of having a malignancy and the presumed new nodule, it is reasonable to discuss with your provider a plan for surveillance of this nodule.
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University