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Can you see lung cancer on an x ray

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Gorty
Radiation Oncology 26 years experience
Yes and no: Chest x-rays are good tools for screening for lung cancers. If the nodule is large enough, it can be seen on a chest x-ray. However not all nodules a... Read More
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 25 years experience
Maybe: It depends on the size and location of the lung cancer. Small cancers (less than 1 cm) may be difficult to identify with chest radiographs. Ct s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Weeks to months: There is no hard and fast rule. In studies that tried to detect lung cancer early using a chest x-ray, almost half of the cancers appeared within a ye... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Appearance versus: Initiation time of small cell lung cancer. Many will assert that they can tell by "doubling time" the non-small cell types. I find this speculative ... Read More
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Unknown: The best screening test for high risk patients 50y/o or older is a low dose cat scan thorax. Traditional x-rays are likely to miss early lung cancers.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Help: How can we help you? Is it for sure diagnosed? Did the biopsy confirm it? Do you need help with your feelings around this diagnosis? Make sure to addr... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Unlikely: How high is the hemoglobin? Do you smoke? If you do, that could explain the elevated Hb. If you do smoke, quit it now. Elevated Hb is not a sign of lu... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Dorsey
37 years experience
Yes: Needs to go see a physician for work up. It is not normal to have a pleural effusion.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
It varies: It can be a mass, or unusual calcifications, or an unusual "infiltrate" on a chest x-ray. In other words, it can have many different appearances. A ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes: Especially, adenocarcinomas in the apex can be very small and hide behind other structures.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Easily: Some cancers do not ever show up on x-ray, others look like pneumonia. A chest ct is often needed.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
NO: The x-ray may be one of the first studies ordered. But, plain film radiograph (x-ray) does not rule out cancer. Ultimately, the majority of abnormalit... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Possibly.: A chest xray can detect lung cancer if the tumor is large enough and visible. A chest ct is a better test at 'looking' inside the lung tissue and d... Read More