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Do I have Lung Cancer or Pre-Cancer?

07/27/2010

Question:

I have a history of lung nodules (one old and one fairly new). I also have a lot of scarring in my apices of my lungs. Should I get more than a chest xray once in awhile? And will physicians order blood work for cancer or PET scan, so that I can be sure that I don`t have lung cancer? I cough and am short of breath, but also have a history of sleep apnea, and asthma.

Answer:

Usually nodules are followed with serial CT scans.  CXRs are not sensitive enough to detect cancer early and PET scans are also not the best test. 

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati