Topic: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

Hello Everyone,
Wondering if any have had a needle lung biopsy.   My dad had one on Wednesday, and at the time it hurt(and he is pretty tollerant guy for pain) and as of last night, it was still pretty painful on the side of his lung area wihere they went in with the needle.  My dad said the Dr went in twice, b/c he had a hard time getting a sample of cells, so maybe that has something to do with the pain.  The nurse said the pain should subside within a day.
I am just a bit concerned, b/c I don't like any reason for my dad to stay laying on the couch and skipping meals.....
Thanks
Barbara

The  Lord is my shephard

Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

My dad had a liver needle biopsy and much like your dad, he can tolerate quite a bit. I am not sure he had a lot of pain afterwards, just during, but if he complains, it must have really hurt. Given what they do, I would imagine it would be painful for a day or two.
They did keep my dad for a while after to make sure he wasn't bleeding internally. Do they do that for lungs too? Does he have have any bruising, swelling, redness, fever?

Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

No, luckily he doesn't have any of those side effects. It litterally just hurts in the area they stuck the needle in him.  He just cant move much, or caugh, with out shooting pain.  Yes, they kept him for three hours to monitor and make sure no internal bleeding, and they did an echocardiogram as well, and all looked good. 
Im kinda perturbed b/c our original Oncologist in early September had said that the nodules were just too small to biopsy, and now we are at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and our current ONC disagreed and went ahead and had this procedure done.  Now they have scheduled an endoscopic exam.  Why wouldn't the endoscopic exam be done before going to the pain and sometimes risk of a biopsy?  By the way, the day prior to biopsy, he had a catscan and PET test.
Thanks

The  Lord is my shephard

Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

Barbara,
My mom had a needle biopsy recently the pera aorata, and she was very uncomfortable for a couple of weeks after.  The surgeon told Mom that it is very common for people to be uncomfortable after needle biopsies.
I see that your dad had a PET and CAT scan also.  Mom's oncologist told her that the only way to REALLY know that it is cancer is to do a biopsy.
If your dad is similar to my mom it may take him some time to recover.  I completely understand your concerns.
Big hugs, Amy

5 (edited by marions Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:33:32)

Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

Barbara......It won't hurt to call the physician and get some clarification.  Is there a possibility for your Dad's ribs being bruised?  Certainly, I would want to have an answer to this.

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Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

thanks for your responses, and yes, I did also did speak to our ONC and he said the procedure "can" cause pain for some time depending on the person and the location of the biopsy site.  My dads right side in the rib area is really painful almost a week later.  He has to sit in one position and he is on lots of tylenol during the day and vicadin at night....fun Thanksgiving!  We were hoping for a decent one, since we go in on the following Monday for his lung results.
Amy, did they discover anything in your moms lungs and is that what is being treated now?  Is it my imagination or are lung mets from CC, really rare in this really rare beast of a cancer CC?

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Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

Barbara.....On this board we have seen mets to lung many times in fact. our JeffG speaks about it in several of his posts.

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Re: Pain in lung area after needle lung biopsy

Barbara,
Waiting is the longest part, isn't it?  I am praying that you get good results on Monday.
Mom didn't have her biopsy in her lungs.  Hers was in the lymph nodes in the pera aorta area.  They are treating her for three cancerous lymph nodes they have found.  My mother-in-law who does have lung cancer had needly biopsy to her lungs.  Sounds like there is discomfort no matter where they do it.
I hope that you are able to have a nice Thanksgiving.  Big hugs to you.
Amy