Ground Glass Nodule

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Hello! I am new to this group. I found out I have 8mm pure ground glass nodule in lower lube last month. I just met with my specialist today, and we found that the nodule was there 3 month ago when I took another CT scan for abdominal/pelvis. But That radiologist didn’t mention anything about the nodule. The recent CT scan was also for abdominal. Because of my anxiety, the specialist recommended me to take CT scan for the chest in a month to see what going on. I am also worrying about too many CT scan in a short time period. He said it looks like inflammation to him but when we found out it was there since 3 months, I am really scared. He said it might still be inflammation. Now I am scared of the lung cancer and the radiation from so many scans in short time period. Should I wait for few more months to do scan again? Or should I just regardless the risk of radiation to get chest scan in a month? Will pure ground glass nodule be a cancer? He also said if I am too worrying to monitor, he can take it out for me. He said mine is easier. Sigh, it is hard to make decision as well. Sorry if my post is not approtiate. Thank you.
Lee

JanineT GRACE …
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GRACE Community Outreach Team

Hello and welcome to Grace.  I'm sorry you're worrying about this but it probably isn't cancer. 

 

From Adenocarcinoma of the lung: from BAC to the future, "GGNs with diameter ≥6 mm should be followed-up for 5 years, with time scan intervals of 2 years"

 

Recommendations from The Fleischner Society,  Solitary pure ground-glass nodules

   Nodule size ≤5 mm--No CT follow-up required

   Nodule size >5 mm--Follow-up CT at 3 months, then annual CT for at least 3 years

 

As you can see by these recommendations follow-up CTs are taken once every 1 to 2 years.  One month is much too soon to see any change that might take place.  It's unlikely this is cancer.  Taking anything out of a lung is dangerous and should only be done when necessary.  Usually, a multidisciplinary board is best to make that decision and a "dedicated" thoracic surgeon is absolutely the only surgeon with experience enough to do a surgery like that.  But yours doesn't fit any of these.  I'm sorry about your worry and hopefully, time will prove this isn't cancer.  If it is the ggo suggests a slow growth and excellent cure rate. 

 

Maybe see a pulmonologist who is better to advise on respiratory diseases. 

We have a lot of information on the subject of BAC

 

Best of luck,

Janine

I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.

JanineT GRACE …
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GRACE Community Outreach Team

I wanted to share this post with others in your same situation.  This post from Dr. West is the same one I shared in our PM and can hopefully reasure you of how unlikely a 7mm ggo is cancer. 

I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.