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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.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Ever since I got pneumonia in March, I have a major fear of dying of cancer. I cannot stop this. Want my life back. Please?

Ever since I got pneumonia in March, I have a major fear of dying of cancer. I cannot stop this. Want my life back. Please?

Fear unjustified: The presence of pneumonia is noted on Chest X ray as inflammation in an area of lung parenchyma not associated with presence of mass. By definition tumors of lung require a defined mass to be noted in bronchial area or in lung tissue usually in proximity to mediastinum. PET/CAT can resolve any dx if mass is found in association with pneumonia. Mass also dx by FNA of lesion if one noted.

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1cm ground glass nodule RLL. Pneumonia in October 2014. 42 yo male with no hx of CA. 1PPD smoker x 20 years. Should I be concerned for cancer?

Possibly: Ground glass nodules, particularly in current or former smokers need to be evaluated. Depending on its density, a PET scan may be helpful but at a minimum the nodule needs to be proven stable in size for a period of two years to assure its benign. You need to see a pulmonary MD to have it evaluated as some require resection to know the diagnosis.

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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.

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Friend, Pan can stage 4. No chemo for 3 months because of complications. Pain, bowel obstruction, pneumonia now. Will the cancer start growing again?

Friend, Pan can stage 4. No chemo for 3 months because of complications. Pain, bowel obstruction, pneumonia now. Will the cancer start growing again?

Not the issue: Stage IV pancreatic cancer has a very poor outlook with overall survival rate measured in months, not years. With complications of bowel obstruction, pneumonia, weight loss, etc., the patient should not be pursuing chemotherapy but rather hospice care. Please discuss this with his/her physician for compassionate end-of-life care.

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Could pneumonia diagnosed by ER actually be cancer? Meds given to husband didn't work. New meds now given. He had kidney cancer last year I'm worried.

Could pneumonia diagnosed by ER actually be cancer? Meds given to husband didn't work. New meds now given. He had kidney cancer last year I'm worried.

Cancer/ Pneumonia: Now that your husband has been treated in the Emergency Room - it is important for him to be followed up by his own physician. His doctor can explore this further.

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Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?

Very bad: The cancer does not have to try to spread, it already has. Discuss this with the person's doctor and get an estimate of how long they are expected to survive and whether it is time to call in hospice. You also need to ask what further therapy is likely to make a meaningful difference in survival and whether that survival is functional or just further misery. Good luck.

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Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Is there such a thing as a lung infection, other than pneumonia/cancer?

Yes, bronchitis: Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchial tumes. Pneumonia is more of an infection that has settled in the terminal ends of the bronchioles and the air sacs (called alveoli).

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What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

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.

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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.

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.

Why do you ask?: I am glad it is gone. I would trust the imaging specialist especially if there are two films without cancer after the pneumonia is gone.

Dr. Michael DePietro
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