Unable to get a diagnosis-4 years with growing 2.7 cm lung nodules MD states probably cancer but warns tumor sampling may result in lung collapse.
Hi All, I am 66 y/o with COPD and emphysema, I have bilateral upper lobe growing nodules that the Pulmonologist has scanned with CT's and PET scans since 2017. Nodules are large 2.5cm and 2.7cm and growing and one is spiculated. MD is very hesitant to sample for cancer warning of 90% chance of lung collapse. I have chronic bronchitis, short of breath, taking all kinds of inhaled steroids to manage symptoms. So now I am left with deciding do I do a percutaneous lung biopsy or bronchoscopic biopsy? Both may kill me, so my doctor says. Or do I let it go and take my chances and continue with CT and Pet Scans? Does anyone know of any other way to get a diagnosis that is safer and won't kill me?
Any advice is welcomed at this point.
Thank you, Tom H.