Can lung nodules disappear?

In April, I was told I have a 6 mm nodule on my left lung. Results were found on an X-ray and subsequent CT scan. I was told to have another CT scan in 3 months.

While waiting for insurance approval for another CT scan, my new primary physician ordered a chest Xray. The doctor said he found a mass on my right lung. He went on to say something about lymph nodes. I cannot recall his exact words as I was too stunned. I insited that he must be talking about the left lung. Yet, he said it was the right lung. He saw nothing on the left lung.

My immediate thought was that the doctor had read the X-ray backwards or that the nodule on the left lung had disappeared.

I called my pulmonary specialist, who ordered a CT scan immediately. I had the scan last Friday and I'm waiting for the results..very nervously.

My friends tell me that the nodule on the left must have disappeared and that the one on the right will disappear too. I really hope this is true.

I'm a non-smoker who lives a healthy lifestyle. My co-workers tell me I look too healthy to have a serious health issue. I have no symtoms. Just allergies and sinus problems.

I had a recent upper respiratory infection. Could this cause a mass on my lung?

I would appreciate any thoughts on this.

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My dad had pneaumonia when he had a second ct scan and the mass could not be found because he had pneaumonia. However, it was still there. I don't think anything just goes away.

I would have that checked out again.

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Something similar happened to me a few years back. The nodule they saw on my CT dissapeared when I had my next CT. I saw a pulmonogist and he told me to check it annually. I checked it the first time and it was all clear so I skipped a couple years. When I finally decided to check it again just to be sure - I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Now I am in this lung cancer battle for 3 years and still fighting.

My advice - keep checking on this!

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Ali,

You need to get a copy of the CD from 3 months ago to compare the latest CT.
Anything is possible but, comparisons are essential.

I hope it's nothing and you can delete this website from your browser!

G

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Thanks so much for your advice. I'm still waiting to hear the results of my latest CT scan. The radiologist said she was going to ask for a transfer of records so as to compare the old one with the new one. Perhaps, that's what's taking extra time.

I will post the results. I'm praying for the best for me and for everyone on Inspire.

Ali

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I'm so sorry to hear that! I could see where you would want to take a couple of years off from scans, feeling confident after the nodule was said to have disappeared.

I realize the need for continued follow-up. My friends tell me that since I have no symptoms and I'm not in a high risk group, I should not worry. Yet, I still do worry. Your advice helps to give me the courage to call for my test results. So far, I've been too anxiety-ridden to call.

Thank you for your support!

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Early stage LC does not have any symptoms. I had no clue anything was up until I had a CT scan for something else. Get several opinions!!

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Thanks to all who have posted. I am still confused about the fact that my primary physician found the nodule to be on the right side instead of the left. Has this ever happened to anyone?

To Munker: I read that you had the nodule cut out after monitoring it for one year. It was considered stable. Was it easy to find a doctor to do the operation? I have asked my pulmonary doctor about surgery, but he said he didn't want to put me through that without knowing if there's a malignancy.

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Ali,

A pulmonologist, if that's what you mean by your "pulmonary doctor" should NOT be advising you concerning surgery, ONLY a thoracic surgeon should make recommendations on surgery.
It appears high risk includes breathing the past 10 years.

G

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I didn't know that. Yes, my doctor is a pulmonologist. I will ask for a referral to a thoracic surgeon.

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Ali,

Ideally, a pulmonologist, oncologist & thoracic surgeon should confer and suggest a treatment plan.
Since your co-workers are giving you advice maybe they can service your car, handle your legal problems and do your taxes, too!

G

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I'm sure my co-workers are trying to be supportive and don't want me to worry.

I just got my CT scan results. There is no change from the first scan. I am told to repeat the scan in 6 months. I'm so relieved! My heart was racing while I was on hold waiting for the nurse to look up my file.

Since there was no change, the nodule remains on the left and not the right. It's clear that the tech in the doctor's office tagged the X-ray wrong (this was at my G.P's office., not my pulmonologist's). Really unsettling. This caused me needless worry. I left the doctor's office last Wednesday in a panic . I thought I had a new nodule on the right. The CT scan showed that was not the case.

I will continue to post here and keep up to date on everyone.

Thanks to all for your comments and support!

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I am so happy to hear you got good news, but you have to be proactive about your own health. Keep track of this and keep a file of all your bloodwork , dates of scans, Dr. visits. whatever pertains to this or any other health issue.
Take care and good luck to you

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A routine Chest x-ray will not always identify a nodule. I had a routine chest xray and the radiologist said I had a mass on my right lung. My MD ordered a CT scan. the scan showed that I had a mass in my left lung and the mass identified on the right side is a gallstone. I had surgery, a lung resection to have the left lung mass removed. I had a lung resection 6 weeks ago and the mass was benign. I had robotic surgery done and it was not as traumatic as having a reg. lung resection done. I don't have to have another CT scan for 2 yrs. Get the results from your scan, nodules don't go away but you could have scar tissue in your lungs. If it's scar tissue you won't necessarily need surgery. I am so thankful that everything turned out so well for me. It's very frightening to go through the waiting process, get your results and then you'll have answers I will keep you in my prayers. Please post your results. I had my surgery done at a Cancer Speciality Hospital.

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Were you offered alternative measures to "wait&watch-6-month"? If not, I'd suggest you seek opinion from another set of experts

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Nodules don't go away but inflammation and residue (for lack of a better word) can remain from pneumonia or other virus/infection. Twice my husband had "new" nodules show up but following them for like 3 months they disappeared (healed). Just stay on top of it with a good doctor who knows what to look for and treat.
ElaineNY

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