What causes 9mm nodule in right lower lung?
I had further CT scan in April this year 2015 .
I have received a brief letter from my Consultant to say that the Nodule has 'shrunk' to
6mm ?? ....And he will repeat a scan in 12 months time....So that is 12 months of more worry and stress and fear !! I have never heard of a Nodule shrinking ? and I have trawled the internet , My fear is that because I am now 80 yrs of age I wont be considered important enough , and maybe just being fobbed off !!
This is not looking worrisome to me
Thanks for your query.
I understand your concern. But believe me, all patients are important to a doctor. Your age is not a barrier to your treatment.
Now coming to the scan reports, a 9 mm nodule is suspicious but not dangerous so rightly it has been followed up with serial CT scans. The current one shows the nodule has not increased, in fact slightly decreased in size to 6 mm. Hence, it is extremely unlikely that it is because of something serious. Shrinking size of nodules is very common in day-to-day practice. This happens all the time in benign nodules. In malignant nodules, they keep on increasing.
Hence, I feel that 1 year followup is adequate. With this report, even no followup CT is OK for me.
Hope this helps. I will be available for followup.
Please refer below
Shrinking nodules are considered benign, hence there is no specific literature available.
You can go through this link (size/growth rate section) http://www.cancernetwork.com/oncology-journal/radiologic-appearance-lung-cancer
There it is clearly mentioned that only in 1/750000 lung cancer cases, the tumor may show spontaneous regression. In a few more cases, it may shrink initially followed by growth again. That's why another scan in 12 months.
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