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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Possible: But the pneumonia density can obscure, or be distal to a cancer. Usually follow up x-rays or ct after acute pneumonia clears can be helpful.

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Chest X-ray: A chest x-ray can spot a lesion which maybe lung cancer. Additional test would be necessary to confirm cancer. An echo is an ultrasound of the heart. ... Read More
Dr. Peter Dahlberg
30 years experience General Surgery
Chest X-rays: Many but not all lung cancers can be detected on chest x-rays. Ct scans are much more sensitive tests. Only by accident will an echo detect a lung tum ... Read More
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not easily: Cxr has been compared head to head with chest ct scan for screening in high risk patients for lung cancer. That study, national lung screening trial, ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Of course, but...: The answer is NO, if a person is healthy and has no special reason to be suspected of having lung cancer. Many things are possible in life. So, as lon ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sri Gorty
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24 years experience Radiation Oncology
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
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Chest Xray: No. It means there is no visible mass that could be lung cancer. Sometimes the xray is done too early in life when there is not a big mass yet to see ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Poor sensitivity: Unfortunately chest xray has poor sensitivity for the diagnosis of lung cancer. Small cancers can "hide" behind structures on the xray and this affec ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Not CXR; CT: A recent study showed that screening ct scans can detect some lung cancers early enough that they can be successfully treated in some people. A plain ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: A typical chest xray is not very specific. An abnormal chest xray should be followed up with a chest ct scan. A ct scan is very good to evaluate and ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Ct scan, biopsy: Chest x-ray is less sensitive and less specific compared to ct scan of the chest to be used in screening for lung cancer. No blood test available to ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Diminishing: It is still possible to acquire lung cancer, but with arresting the injurious process of active smoking it is less likely.
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