Tuesday, March 13, 2007

2-year-old mass

This is a 67 y/o male with a 75 p/y Hx of TOB but still good lung function (his FEV1 is 2.06L).
2 years ago he was told he had a "quarter-sized" nodule on his RML (at a different facility so I don't have those films) and he decided not to show up for his scheduled Bx or further follow-up visits. The lesion has clearly grown and I'd be surprised if it is anything other than a malignancy. Does the time of "follow-up" with growth but no spread in 2 years change your w/up sequence?
For example, if the PET shows no other disease, would you consider going straight to resection without a Bx?
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neeve nay said...

I agree with PET to check for distant mets then reset. Of note, if the mass is not avidly pet positive i would still reset - the slow growing tumor would be consistent with low metabolic activity...

neeve nay said...

reset = resect (there is coffee under my c on the laptop)

Na Na said...

I agree with neeve nay. Sorry so short, but I have to fly to to a major midwestern city to save the health care system there.

i mix my own ink said...

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PAPy said...

Hey, it's all good baby.