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09/13/2011

Question:

I had a CT scan that said "in righ base centrally (infrahilar region),there is a slightly lobulated 18mm by 15mm mas. There are tiny lymph nodes in the pretracheal retrocaval space. I am a smoker and started seeing doctor for shortness of breath, dry cough, fatique. My pulmonary function test showed severely decreased effusion capacity. I have great family history of lung cancer. Do you think I may have lung cancer?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. It's a possibility; however, many things can cause masses in the lung.  Your doctors may recommend a biopsy to identify the origin of the mass.

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Response by:

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