Back in 2009, I was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Surgery was done to remove the cancerous tumor. The following year, the cancer had spread to a lymph node in my neck. A left neck radical dissection was performed to remove the cancer along with a harvest of lymph nodes. My doctor is constantly monitoring my status. My last CT scan displayed a 3mm nodule in the right lower lobe of the lung. The report stated a stable benign lung nodule with no signs of metastatic disease in the chest. With my history, should I be concerned about the 3mm lung nodule(My next CT scan is in 6 months)?
It is impossible to say right now, as this nodule would be considered "indeterminate" if seen on only a single CT scan. On the other hand, if it significantly enlarges (or/and if new lung nodules should subsequently appear) on subsequent scans, then this finding would be concerning for possible metastatic cancer.
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