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Cancer

Non-calcified nodule on the middle lobe

05/26/2011

Question:

Hi, my daughther was diagnosed with MPNST and the tumor was completely resected last January with a negative margin. Her CT scan last December prior to operation says that the non calcified nodule in the middle lobe appears unchanged ( they did not indicate the size of the nodule). She just had a Ct scan last month and they did not mentioned anything about the nodule but they say that the rest of the previous finding are unchanged.

Does this nodule is likely to be a metastases? what is the best surgical procedure to eliminate the nodule.

Answer:

The nodule may be anything. Most sarcoma docs would want to follow it until it grew. If it grows then the chest surgeons could go it with a flexible scope and remove it. As even safe procedures can have complications few docs would want to pull it out now.

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Response by:

Thomas  Olencki, DO Thomas Olencki, DO
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University