In 2003 my mom saw a well respected thoracic surgeon at a top hospital in ny. Her tumor was described as irregular left lower lobe 2.4 cm. she came to this doc after bronchoscopy showed no malignancy. Doc who did bronc wanted to still remove it. We went to the respected doc because of this. He stated for many reasons to watch it conservatively. She had it followed for three months over a period of a year pet scan showed no metabolic growth considered negative. After yearly ct scans no growth. Coumidin pacemaker former TB in her 20s 2009 ct scan show same 2cm spiculated lesion. In 2011 local pulmomologist checks her functioning but no ct scans since 2009. Notes from him say benign opacity negative pet scans 10years.
April 8 2014 mom presented with an xray showing density...ct scan then showed growth to 4.3x4.7x 5cm.trace pleural effusion.same are left lower lobe parenchymal mass.
Told results are consistent with malignancy. Mom beautiful 85 year old. Has been feeling weak at times. Says it's old age. What now? Do benign tumors grow after 10 years? Or was this never benign? Doc at top hospital stated in 2004 he does not know what it is....differential diagnosis ....BAC ....inflammatory ....septic emboli pacemaker told her mandatory to watch.