A 52-year-old female asked:
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my mom was diagnosed with pneumonia and a mass on lungs..is it possible for a lung cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: This is a common way for lung cancer to present. A biopsy will tell for sure. I am glad you are there for your mother at this challenging time.
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Yes, may be : Lung cancer commonly presents as an infiltrate on a chest x-ray initially diagnosed as pneumonia when the problem may be a cancer blocking that part of the lung and causing the x-ray changes. Any infiltrate on a chest x-ray that doesn't clear up on antibiotics should have a ct scan of the chest to look for a cancerous mass. A pet scan can add further diagnostic accuracy but a biopsy is needed.
Answered on Jun 30, 2017
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