Lung cancer

What is the likely hood that a 38mm solid white mass on my right upper lung is cancerous? I went for what I thought would be a routine ct lung health check. I have now had 2 ct scans, 1 with dye. I have a Pet scan tomorrow?  

  • Hello and thanks for posting,

    I can appreciate that you want to sense out the likelihood of a cancer, but we can't tell you anything very specific. 

    This is because other lung conditions, as well as lung scarring, infection, can be similar to cancer on scans. More information is needed, hence the PET scan. This scan can help provide further clinical information to the doctors. It helps determine whether lung tissue is active with disease or not. Other options may be a lung biopsy as well.

    I can appreciate this is an anxious time for you, and hope that you will find out more soon.

    Please get back to us if you need any more information or support.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

    Yours sincerely,


  • Thank you. For your reply. I know it's just a waiting game.