In February 2013 one nodual was seen on an x-ray when I had my gastric sleeve done. No mention of the size was given to me, but from what I saw on the x-ray myself it looked to be approximately the size if a quarter.
Fast forward to last month July 6, 2017 there are now 6 visible noduals. I have not seen the CT scan, done on my back after a fall, and no sizes were given to me when my doctor told me in passing about them. Maybe I should have prefaced this with I had breast cancer in 1987. I have shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, it hurts my chest to take a deep breath, but my O2 sat. Is still in the mid to upper 90s.
My PCP doesn’t think I should worry, because he never saw the chest x-ray from 2013 so he is discounting it. Do I have a legitimate reason to be concerned and insist on further testing? I am scheduled to be seen by a pulmanologist on Aug. 10th.
Welcome to Grace. I hope you’ll not find a reason to need be a regular around here.
It’s not real helpful to compare x ray to CT scans. A CT scan reveals much more than an x ray so it’s possible all the nodules were there in 2013. If the nodules are each under a cm it’s typical to take another scan in around 6 months to make sure they aren’t growing. Over a cm is on the large size for a benign nodule so your pcp might want to scan earlier, such as in 3 months. It’s most probable the nodules don’t represent cancer. Instead they could be infection, inflammation, or a benign nodule that doesn’t grow or cause symptoms.
I hope this helps put things into perspective for your appointment on the 10th.