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Is pneuomonia a symptom of lung cancer?

12 doctors weighed in
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In brief: Sometimes

Some lung cancers cause obstruction of the air passage with atelectasis=collapse and pneumonia as a result.
If pneumonia does not resolve with usual treatment, ct scan and followup ct may be indicated to uncover a sneaky cancer.

In brief: Sometimes

Some lung cancers cause obstruction of the air passage with atelectasis=collapse and pneumonia as a result.
If pneumonia does not resolve with usual treatment, ct scan and followup ct may be indicated to uncover a sneaky cancer.
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Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Pneumonia can happen in the setting of underlying cancer.
But not all pneumonia is related to cancer. Often becomes hard to identify cancer on scans with pneumonia; you will need follow up scans after the pneumonia resolves to see if a biopsy is required;.

In brief: See below

Pneumonia can happen in the setting of underlying cancer.
But not all pneumonia is related to cancer. Often becomes hard to identify cancer on scans with pneumonia; you will need follow up scans after the pneumonia resolves to see if a biopsy is required;.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lung cancer

Can arise in a bronchus, block it, cause pneumonia that either does not clear, or clears slowly.
Thereby, indicating need for a bronchoscopy. A pneumonia may also not clear if treated with the wrong antibiotic for the causative agent of the pneumonia.

In brief: Lung cancer

Can arise in a bronchus, block it, cause pneumonia that either does not clear, or clears slowly.
Thereby, indicating need for a bronchoscopy. A pneumonia may also not clear if treated with the wrong antibiotic for the causative agent of the pneumonia.
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