Hi all started in December 2012, asked Dr for ct lung cancer screening test, he agreed and off we went. came back with comparison to Feb 2011 ct scan came back as a slighty irregular 0.9 x 0.1cm soft tissue mass in upper right lung suspicious for neoplasm. Then refers to it a 1CM, suspicious for neoplasm. No mention of calcified or non-calcified, called it a mass but it is my understanding anything under 3cm is a nodule, Dr called and then consulted with thoracic dr who he said seemed unimpressed but would probably ask for another ct scan in a month. Dr checked lungs clear, no cough, back pain but always had that. go to thoracic Dr 1-25 and he ask 50 million questions, then says because of smoking hx thank god you had this ct scan. next step is pet scan, another ct scan of chest and pulmonary function test and then onto needle biopsy. Ok I do have and have had emphysemic bullae more on the upper right so I am very very worried about the needle biopsy as I am 61 do not have good lungs as you can see, and every single webpage and hospital site refers to DO NOT do a needle biopsy on any patient that has emphysemic bullae and it or it says it should NOT be performed and the NOT is always capped and it even says that on there own hospital website, so why would this Thoracic Dr put me in this position with ct needle biopsy? I am thinking for sure my lung will collapse and the nurse said when I go to the hospital they will put pain meds and twilight sleep into an IV, now I'm really worried because just the thought of waking up in pain not being able to breathe because my lung collapsed and I can find no one on any forums who said they did this before the procedure. Generally thCan anyone help with this please, I'm putting off this needle biopsy until I get answers. I am going for the pet scan along with the ct scan and the pulmonary test, they stressed I had to have that before the ct needle thing (the pulmonary test).
Any opinions would be appreciated.