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Is delusion/confusion a symptom of pneumonia in a cancer patient? Please advise!

Is delusion/confusion a symptom of pneumonia in a cancer patient? Please advise!

Delirium: Confusion in a cancer patient could indicate delirium, a life-threatening condition that affects the brain. Such symptoms require an immediate physician evaluation. ...Read more

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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Can a cancer patient receive chemo after having a serious case of pneumonia? Pan can stage 4.

Can a cancer patient receive chemo after having a serious case of pneumonia? Pan can stage 4.

Yes: His doctors will wait until he has fully recovered and he is strong enough to receive chemo. Chemo will kill cancer cells but will also weaken the body so we need to make sure the patient is strong enough to take it ...Read more

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How serious is pneumonia and brain tumors to a cancer patient?

How serious is pneumonia and brain tumors to a cancer patient?

Both are serious: To clarfy: you are asking whether in a patient with cancer (not of the brain), there is the subsequent finding of pneumonia and brain tumor-is this serious? Certainly, any time there is pneumonia that is serious. If there is finding of brain tumors, that is serious because that suggest metastasis. That is, cancer that had been confined to the primary site (ie breast, colon) has gone to the brain. ...Read more

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How severe is it for a stage 4 cancer patient with pneumonia? She's been in the hospital for 3 weeks so far. No visitors allowed. In oncology wing.

How severe is it for a stage 4 cancer patient with pneumonia? She's been in the hospital for 3 weeks so far. No visitors allowed. In oncology wing.

Depends....: Pneumonia can be a very serious complication in a cancer patient. But, the severity depends on what type of cancer and what treatment the patient is undergoing. For example, chemotherapy can weaken the immune system which makes it more difficult for the patient to fight off the infection. It also depends on how quickly the infection was diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What can I expect the outcome to be with stage 4 non small cell cancer and pneumonia? Prognosis?

What can I expect the outcome to be with stage 4 non small cell cancer and pneumonia? Prognosis?

I'm very sorry: I'm very sorry because likely either you or an individual you care about is affected by this cancer. No physician has a crystal ball, but tumor type, size, and patient's health condition all play a role. Some non-small cell lung cancers may have genetic mutations (EGFR, Alk, Ros) that may be sensitive to "targeted therapies" which may prolong, but are unlikely to cure the disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer.. And by chance- death .. Will he recover ?

My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer.. And by chance- death .. Will he recover ?

Possible Lung Cancer: He should be monitored carefully from his pneumonia until he is feeling better. They should order ct scan of the chest to evaluate his lung disease and his pulmonary specialist should evaluate him for bronchoscopy evaluation of his lung disease and he may be able to take a biopsy from his lung. If his pulmonary specialist will not be able to do his biopsy he may need to be seen and evaluated by t. ...Read more

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Can a 3 cm rounded mass like opacity in the perihilar region be some kind of pneumonia? Does it have to mean cancer?

Can a 3 cm rounded mass like opacity in the perihilar region be some kind of pneumonia? Does it have to mean cancer?

It is one such possi: Any rounded mass in the lung/chest raises a question of Cancer, yet it can be benign. You need a good doctor who can investigate it further and do a diagnostic test such as biopsy which is essentially the only way to determine and confirm the nature of this mass. ...Read more

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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

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

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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