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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Nodule on lung
My mother-in-law is a smoker and smokes a lot. She was just told that she has a nodule on her lung. She has been coughing up blood for about a month now. Could it be cancer? They are sending her for a PET scan.
This could be lung cancer, although infectious causes are also possible (pneumonia). A PET scan is reasonable. She should consider consultation with a lung cancer specialist—a thoracic surgeon, a pulmonologist, or an oncologist.
Michael F Reed, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati