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Doctor insights on: Lung Xray Shows Pleural Thickening Is That Precursor To Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Perhaps: There are many reasons for pleural thickening. Visit with your doctor; a ct scan may be useful to find out why you have this thickening. ...Read more

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I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks. Blood test and chest xray shows normal. No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer? I'm worried

I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks. Blood test and chest xray shows normal. No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer? I'm worried

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...Read more

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The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und

Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise I can give is to ask the doctor who ordered the x-ray to explain it to you and refer you to the appropriate caregiver. I wish you well. ...Read more

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I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows I'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

I had left chest pain for the last two months. The ultra sound, blood test, cardiogram and xray shows I'm clear from breast cancer and heart attack.

Good news: It is good they cleared you, results are normal' no cardiac problem, no breast cancer, they are very good news, did they clear you from anxiety, which you have to do, work on that you will be fine, speak to your doctor again, make sure you go for your follow up visits. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration. What does that mean?

My chest X-ray finding indicates: right apical pleural thickening and pulmonary hyperaeration. What does that mean?

Non specific: Apical pleural thickening is non specific but can mean possible previous infection, most common is tuberculosis. Hyperaeration if a real finding is seen in asthma and COPD. Sometimes patients when told to take a deep breathe can over cooperate and simulate hyperaeration. ...Read more

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If someone had stage 4 cancer and it spread to lungs and chest. Etc. Wouldn't a chest X-ray show something?

Depends: It would be great if the answer was a definitive yes. And, though the way you describe it, it seems likely, but it depends on the type of cancer, the extent of involvement, and the size of metastases. Also, if there are obscuring findings, like a diffuse pneumonia, it might be difficult to pick up on x-ray. ...Read more

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I had an "abnormal" xray taken yesterday. It shows a baseball sized mass in my right lung. Any chance it's not cancer?

I had an "abnormal" xray taken yesterday. It shows a baseball sized mass in my right lung. Any chance it's not cancer?

Yes: Pneumonia, benign tumors, cysts, and even congenital lung lesions such as sequestrations can present this way. Try to keep a positive outlook until this is thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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I've had an X-ray, results show no lung cancer, however I have consistent discomfort in my left lung and often aches, do I have lung cancer? I'm 17.

I've had an X-ray, results show no lung cancer, however I have consistent discomfort in my left lung and often aches, do I have lung cancer? I'm 17.

Lung pain: Lateral chest pain in a young person is much more commonly due to infection like pneumonia or pleuritis, or perhaps even a local chest wall lesion like chondritis or bruising. Lung cancer usually does not present with pain. ...Read more

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Lung pleural mass 5 cm. Pet show no evidence of cancer. Solid mass. Do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is. Really confused?

Lung pleural mass 5 cm. Pet show no evidence of cancer. Solid mass. Do I need to do surgery to remove it or I can leave it as it is. Really confused?

Biopsy?: That is very good news the PET scan does not suggest the presence of cancer I'd still recommend the mass be positively identified. At that point your doctors will be able to counsel you better as to whether it should be removed or not. If you'd like a 1-1 consultation to discuss this please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR to make a calendar appointment ...Read more

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If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods.?

If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods.?

It might--or not: Advanced lung cancer would show on x-ray. Earlier cancers are better seen with ct scans. If you have been a heavy smoker for 15 or more years, your risk is certainly much higher of a cancer than a non-smoker. Non-smoking related cancers occur, but usually in much older individuals. ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina (although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain (this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

NO: The size may influence pain; however, the pleura sac around the lungs has multiple nerve endings. Size is not necessarily the issue. ...Read more

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What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.

Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more

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Testicular cancer typically spreads to the lungs and neck area? Would a chest X-ray show this?

Testicular cancer typically spreads to the lungs and neck area? Would a chest X-ray show this?

Most testis cancer: Is confined to the testis. When spread is suspect, particularly with markers (hcg/afp), more complex imaging (ct's, head, chest, abdomen, pelvis) is done. Testis almost always spreads to abdominal & pelvic nodes before distantly to lungs and brain. ...Read more

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5cm Pleural mass in right lung. Pet scan show not cancer...is surgery still necessary and what are the risks. Thanks?

5cm Pleural mass in right lung. Pet scan show not cancer...is surgery still necessary and what are the risks. Thanks?

Lung mass: Something is missing! There must have been symptoms that led to a pet scan. Unless a biopsy was performed how could your doctor simply say that there was no cancer? I hope there was indeed no cancer but the symptoms that led to the pet scan should be a cause for biopsy. Do the doctors have any idea what the pleural mass might be? Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Would lung or male breast cancer show up on an x-ray?

Breast no lung yes: Breast cancer does not show up on routine x rays (only mammogram, ultrasound, and targettted mri). Most (but not all) lung cancers show up on chest x ray. ...Read more

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Is it possible that CT scan shows no pleural masses while I have lung cancer and massive effusion?

Is it possible that CT scan shows no pleural masses while I have lung cancer and massive effusion?

Unusual but yes.: CT scans have limited resolution. They do NOT see everything. Usually large pleural effusions come from significant disease, but not always cancer. The only way to tell is to have the pleural effusion drained & sent for cytology & other testing (culture). The lab techs can spin down the fluid, isolate cells or bacteria that may be causing it. Talk to a pulmonologist or your primary doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have a continual cough. Meds have been ruled out, X-ray shows an enlarged heart but no chf. History of lung cancer in family.?

Have a continual cough. Meds have been ruled out, X-ray shows an enlarged heart but no chf. History of lung cancer in family.?

Consider chest CT: Do you smoke? If you do, then stop. Your doctor can help you do this. If you have a history of smoking, your doctor could consider ordering a chest ct. If you have never smoked, your coughing is less likely to be a symptom of lung cancer. Depending on duration & associated symptoms (fever, runny nose, etc), other more likely causes include allergies or infection. Above all, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Would a chest xray show lung cancer? I had CT of chest nov 2012 and it was clear. I have +ana elevated sed and low grade fevers. Up back pain 1 year.

Would a chest xray show lung cancer? I had CT of chest nov 2012 and it was clear. I have +ana elevated sed and low grade fevers. Up back pain 1 year.

Chest X ray: A chest x ray would show lung cancer. Your lab results suggest youmight have an auto immune disease. See an internist or a rheumatologist for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Chest XRay - Latetal view demonstrates blunting of both costophrenic angles w/either small lung base pleural effusions are chronic pleural thickening.

Chest XRay - Latetal view demonstrates blunting of both costophrenic angles w/either small lung base pleural effusions are chronic pleural thickening.

If you have: Previous chest X-rays to compare, that would be helpful in making the determination between mild pleural thickening (scarring) or effusion (fluid). There are numerous potential etiologies for each. Further imaging could include ultrasound, special chest xray views (decubitus views), or CT scan. ...Read more

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My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

Probably not.......: This is most likely the result of previous infection. Typically this thickening will look the same on the right and left with only some minor difference in thickness. If this is the case it is most likely nothing to worry about and just a follow-up chest xray to give you peace of mind. If there is a marked asymmetry or associated bone destruction this would need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Right apical plueral thickening to my chest x-ray result 07-26-17. I have been expose to asbestose but my previus x-ray last 02-27-17 it shows normal?

Right apical plueral thickening to my chest x-ray result 07-26-17. I have been expose to asbestose but my previus x-ray last 02-27-17 it shows normal?

Absestos: Be sure to follow your chest X-ray yearly with exam. Avoid any other cancer-causing risks like smoking and a poor diet. Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray show pancreatic cancer?

Can a chest X-ray show pancreatic cancer?

No: You need abdominal studies like soon, ct etc even in late stages rarely metastasizes to lung to be seen by a chest x ray. ...Read more

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My latest chest xray shows an exacerbation of the left lung. What does this mean? My chest xray shows a shadowy blur along the bottom of my left lung and I continue to cough all the time. What can I do for the cough.

My latest chest xray shows an exacerbation of the left lung. What does this mean? My chest xray shows a shadowy blur along the bottom of my left lung and I continue to cough all the time. What can I do for the cough.

Simply: Simply described, a lung exacerbation is decreased lung function due to an infection or inflammation. The shadowy blur on your xray is to be evaluated by a radiologist for diagnosis as exacerbation can occur as a result of infection or several other medical conditions (for example: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis)
lung exacerbation can cause shortness of breath, increased coughing, fatigue and decreased pulmonary function.
Based on your results, your doctor will develop a treatment regimen that can include any of the following: antibiotics (to fight an infection), a cough expectorant to loosen fluids, a diuretic to decrease fluid build up, coughing and deep breathing to mobilize fluids and incentive spirometry (a device where the patient sucks air to move a ball to a goal point, promoting deep breathing.)
as your body heals, coughing may increase as fluids get mobilized. Your doctor can prescribe a medication that can ease the pain associated with coughing. Give your doctor a call. ...Read more

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Brother found boney lump at end of sternum. It doesn't hurt, he feels fine but worried it could be cancer. His xray shows nothing. Your opinion?

Brother found boney lump at end of sternum. It doesn't hurt, he feels fine but worried it could be cancer. His xray shows nothing. Your opinion?

Normal: We all have a bony process at the end of the sternum, called xiphoid process. You may Google xiphoid process to see pictures. ...Read more

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Had TB 15 yrs back. Routine xray shows chest markings & parenchymal lesion in both lungs. Is it because I had TB. Should I consult a doctor?

Had TB 15 yrs back. Routine xray shows chest markings & parenchymal lesion in both lungs. Is it because I had TB. Should I consult a doctor?

Yes: 15 years back did you have prophylaxis treatment or regular triple med treatment? You should periodically see your doctor if you start having TB symptoms again. Also parenchymal lesion in both lungs means latent tb. Please see infectious disease doctor in your area. ...Read more

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Would bone cancer in the chest or back show on a chest xray. Severe left upper back/shoulder/chest pain not yet diagnosed. Now daily pain unbearable.

See a doctor: Please see a doctor as soon as possible. There are several more common diagnoses (other than bone cancer) that present the way you describe, some of them require rapid treatment for the best possible outcome. To answer your question however, "bone cancer" is sometimes, not alway seen on a chest x-ray. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Would a chest x ray show be able to see any cancer of the spine?

You may or may not: It all depends on the type of cancer in your spine and its stage of growth.
Some cancers eat-up the bone and others build on the existing bone.
Best recommendation would be to have a doctor order the test that will best diagnose your disease. ...Read more

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Horrible cough, way worse at night. Had it for about 1 year. Lung xray shows nothing. What should I do?

Horrible cough, way worse at night. Had it for about 1 year. Lung xray shows nothing. What should I do?

Detective work: Cough that is worse at night suggests reflux, but could be asthma, post nasal drip, allergies to things in your home, etc. Sleeping with your head up might relieve reflux, looking for post nasal drip, getting lung function tests will help get to the bottom of it. ...Read more

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A lung xray shows the arorta is enlarged. Is it dangerous? Sendn me to heart dr. Can too many aspirin over time cause this?

A lung xray shows the arorta is enlarged. Is it dangerous? Sendn me to heart dr. Can too many aspirin over time cause this?

Needs eval: X-ray not best at accutately measuring size of aorta but good screening test. Has nothinig to do with aspirin. Heart doctor eval is the right thing to do. Will probably order a CAT (CT) scan of your chest which will provide important information. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Would a chest X-ray show advanced stages of great cancer that spread throughout the chest?

Would a chest X-ray show advanced stages of great cancer that spread throughout the chest?

Might: Not sure what "great cancer" is.....Most of them are lousy!
chest xray might show cancer in the lungs or chest. It might show tumors, fluid or swollen glands. By itself does not prove cancer. Often chest xray can miss a cancer that is hiding in there. Usually need cat scan to get a better picture. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more