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Lung Cancer Misdiagnosed As Pneumonia
Can lung cancer ever appear on an xray, be diagnosed as pneumonia and then not appear on two subsequent xrays or was it really pneumonia.
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! Differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more
Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but I would not allow myself to be intubated if I already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more
I'm a 39 year old nonsmoker who was diagnosed with a small focal infiltrate of the upper right lobe. They said they could barely see it and diagnosed me with pneumonia. Could it still be lung cancer? I'm suffering through GAD and have started thinking the
Lung drainage tubes my father had pneumonia with lung cancer. He had drainage tubes in his lungs. Then the nurse took them out. Why would the nurse take them out?
Chest tubes= thoracostomy tubes drain blood, fluid, lymph, serous fluid, pus or air as common indications. The tubes are usually in the pleural cavity and not in the lungs.
Once the issue is resolved, the tubes are removed.
Doctors, nurses and other trained professionals can remove them. ...Read more
80 yrs old diagnosed with non small lung cancer (local), developed pneumonia after the first carboplatin gemcitabine treatment. Is it treatable?
I have no active pulmonary lesions, no active pulmonarytuberculosis and pneumonia, no abnormal mass lesions (lung cancer etc.), and no bony abnormalities. But I havepain in chest. Can you explain why it might be so?
Normal: This sounds like a description of the negative findings on a chest x-ray. Pa refers to the way the x-ray was taken. Tbc refers to tuberculosis. In other words no abnormalities found - a normal chest x-ray. ...Read more
My 91 y/o mom has lung cancer is on Hospice. She has developed pneumonia. Does this mean she only has days or weeks left? Morphine prn for now, 2 mg
Probably: You're never certain. I hope the end will be peaceful ...Read more
Have lung cancer. Had pneumonia. Now have pleurisy on full feeding tube 2 antibodies plus fluids 5 foot 11 weighs 86 lbs 36 years old please advise?
See your doctor: This is more complicated than a short chat will help. See your doctor for a formal discussion of the current situation and expectations. ...Read more
Smoked for 20+ years, caught winter cold, so quit smoking a couple weeks ago. Dr visit, had chest xray, says pneumonia, but could this be lung cancer?
I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?
Can symptoms for pneumonia be mistaken as lung cancer for a 54 yr old breast cancer survivor. My mother has had what doctors first said was pneumonia?
Follow closely.: The symptoms of pneumonia are typically acute, while the symptoms of cancer usually evolve over a longer time. However, the findings on chest X-Ray could be similar. The "pneumonia" should be followed by repeat chest X-Ray to make sure it resolves with treatment. If any question exists, CT scanning or bronchoscopy should be considered. ...Read more
10 wks ago had chst CT clean. Now pain undr shlder & armpt, undr ribs. Mild cough no sptm. Dyspnea on off. Diagnos acid reflux. Lung cancer? Pneumonia? GI?
Any of the above: Many things to consider. Less likely cancer recurrence given recent CT. This pain can be radiation pneumonitis, postoperative pain, insufficiency fracture (not cancer related), from lymphedema (swelling of the arm/chest), pneumonia. Definitely go to your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more
Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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