Second Opinion for lung nodule biopsy

Posted by d41king @d41king, Feb 12, 2020

during a routine CT scan, a 15 MM nodule was found near the base of my right lung – close to my spine and diaphragm. My oncologist wanted us to get a biopsy even though she said there was only a 25% chance it was cancerous (my PET scan showed very little activity at the site), but the lab said that the nodule was too close to the spine and diaphragm and too small, so they could not do the biopsy. My doctor then said we would simply wait 3 months for another scan to see if anything changes. My wife is upset because we wanted the biopsy to rule out cancer. I am seeking a second opinion, but not really sure where to start – except that I am going to let my oncologist know I want to get the second opinion, especially for the peace of mind for my family. I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

@d41king

The Team agreed that I can wait 6 months for a new scan. No surgery!

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@d41king– This is great news but it puts off what you wanted. What is your reaction?

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@merpreb

@d41king– This is great news but it puts off what you wanted. What is your reaction?

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Right, but at this point in time with the new corona virus out there, I'm happy to stay out of the hospital. It may have been fortuitous that my surgery was postponed thus keeping my lungs in tact.

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@d41king– It just maybe fortuitous that it has kept you out of the hospital! I'm thinking the same things, thank you, because I had a cancellation for an appointment at my hospital too! Great way of looking at things!

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Hi! I am new to this and glad I did sign on. I had a CAT Scan done because of a rare form of skin cancer and from this scan, my oncologist shared that I had a 12 mm nodule on my upper left lung back in March 2021. On July 23rd, I had to have a chest X-Ray of my lungs because I had a chest cold of sorts and my nurse contacted me a week later saying that the nodule is at 1.3 cm. I am having a PET scan in September…no phone call yet as to when. Has anyone else had similar?

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@markleh

Hi! I am new to this and glad I did sign on. I had a CAT Scan done because of a rare form of skin cancer and from this scan, my oncologist shared that I had a 12 mm nodule on my upper left lung back in March 2021. On July 23rd, I had to have a chest X-Ray of my lungs because I had a chest cold of sorts and my nurse contacted me a week later saying that the nodule is at 1.3 cm. I am having a PET scan in September…no phone call yet as to when. Has anyone else had similar?

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@markleh– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Oh, dear another type of cancer? So many people, me included, have found that we have a "spot" on our lungs this way, Your nodule has grown but just a little. It's around a 1/2". You are lucky that it has been found early. I think that after your PET your doctor will determine whether a biopsy is needed and possible. (that is that it is in a place that is accessible).

Are you thinking of getting a second Opinion for your lung biopsy results? I'm wondering if you would like to join the skin cancer group and lung cancer group?

– Skin Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/skin-cancer-1/

– Lung Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/lung-cancer/

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