One year ago I had a CT scan due to some symptoms. No tumor or other abnormality was found. Last week I had a CT for a kidney stone. The radiologist noted the following findings:
Bibasilar chronic interstitial disease, pneumonia or atelectasis. Also found:
Right lung base subpleural nodule, 3.6 monitored.
Several questions arose:
Could the radiologist be wrong in his findings?
If he is not wrong could a nodule grow from zero to 3.6 cm in one year?
If everything so far is accurate what are the chances the nodule/tumor is malignant given that I am 71 years old and was a heavy smoker for 45 years. Also, 4 years ago I survived a bout of bacterial pneumonia with ARDS
Would appreciate any type of feedback. Everyone is telling me to relax, don’t worry. Yet I read where Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis has a 3 to 5 year survivor rate. Also, everybody says ignore the WebMD, Mayo Clinic and the like. How can I ignore their articles and facts? They aren’t lying are they?