My 73 year old Mom had part of her lung removed in 2012 due to lung cancer (life-time smoker). She had a CT Scan in October and the report read...
"Comparison is made to study of04/04/2014. There has been enlargement in the irregular of the soft tissue density, consolidation in the lateral left chest. One component is new and measures 28 x 20 mm. Another component has changed in size is less pleural based, but is more intraparenchymal measuring 16 x 26 mm. There are a couple of subtle noncalcified nodules in right lung. There is no pleural effusion. There is volume status post thoracotomy of the left lung. There is mediastinal shift to the left. The heart is not enlarged. There is coronary artery calcification. There is no mediastinal or hilar adenopathy. IMPRESSION : There is a soft tissue density mass in the left base that is increasing in size as compared to the previous study. I see no adenopathy."
10/31/14 Pet Scan - In the left costophrenic angle and apparently involving the hemidiaphragm is an ill-defined soft tissue density with a standard uptake value (SUV) of 4. Above that a nodule against the pleura on the lateral aspect of the left lower lung shows an SUV of 1.7.
11/26/14: She had a biopsy of this "new component" last week that they are calling inconclusive. Could be inflamation, could be this or that. This doctor suggested that she WAIT 6 months and then have another CT scan.
To me - when dealing with an older person that has already had lung cancer - isn't 6 months way to long to just "wait and see"? Should we just do another biopsy?
Please help -