Can a chest CT scan rule out lung cancer? I have pain in shoulder/clavicle. X ray and CT clear. Pain persists along with sore sternum/throat.

Yes. A chest ct is a very good test for finding lung cancer because it looks inside the lungs. The shoulder/clavicle pain could be coming from the spine in your neck. If you still have pain, see your doctor again.
In most cases. While it's true that no test is 100%, ct's are very sensitive and specific. Especially in your case -where you're dealing with significant symptoms - a space-occupying lesion would be detectable if generating that much discomfort.

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Clear CT scan of chest. Worried about lung cancer. Two x rays and one CT clear. But the CT was without contrast & shoulder pain persists. Contrast?

NO! Lung cancer has been eliminated as a realistic diagnosis. Move on, be glad. There are rather more mundane causes for shoulder pain. See an orthopedic surgeon and find out what's going on with that shoulder. Read more...
Contrast Not Needed. Contrast does not help find a lung tumor on a ct scan. Musculoskeletal pain can take a long time to resolve. If there is an reason to suspect another cause, an MRI would be a much better test. Also, lung cancer is very rare in 37 year olds and there are many more common benign conditions that could be causing these symptoms. Read more...

Upper back pain, pains on touch and when I bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest CT clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Your chances. Of lung cancer at 31, with a negative chest x-ray are, well, almost non existent. It's gonna be musculoskeletal. Are you sleeping at night? Do you clinch or grind your teeth? Are you having anxiety/depression? Read more...
Not likely. Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years. Read more...
Possible arthritis. Your type of symptoms are very common in persons who do physically laborious jobs. Osteo arthritis in whole spine is often occurs and becomes painful. See an orthopedician or a neurologist. Read more...
Just a muscle spasm. No, most likely it is a muscle spasm, could be an underline arthritis in the neck, take Motrin 600 or 800mg twice a day, see physical therapist. Read more...

33 y/m.6 months ago I have chest X-ray and CT scan thorax, both normal. Recently 15-18 days have shoulder, neck, muscle and mild chest pain. Lung cancer?

No. Given your age and normal recent imaging, your chances of having a lung cancer are almost zero at this point. Also, only an advanced lung cancer in the "right" location could cause these symptoms. Read more...

Pain on touch on rt shoulder blade and when I bend my neck ~ 2 months. Chest CT clear, seldom pain in rt shoulder also. Am a smoker, lung cancer?

Not likely. Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years. Read more...
Maybe a neck mri. The symptoms you describe could be radicular in nature. Talk to your doctor about getting an MRI of the cervical spine. Read more...
May notbe. The fact that the ct is clear makes it very less likely it is a lung cancer; i strongly recommend quitting smoking;. Read more...

Have upper back and rt shoulder pain, gets better with rest and massage, pains on touch. Chest CT w/o contrast normal, can this be lung cancer?

Unlikely. What you describe sounds like a muscle issue. The best thing to do is to try physical therapy. On your own try stretching exercises to mobilize your scapular muscles. Read more...
Should pain &cancer. Shoulder pain is commonly a referral area for diaphragm, gall bladder, or heart pathology. While the ct chest found no pathology, a work up, is indicated due to weight loss. Many other causes than cancer are likely the cause, but a diagnosis is needed. Of course the shoulder and neck should be examined, as well as the entire GI tract. Read more...
No. If ct scan of chest is negative no to most change to have a ca.You pain must likely is for arthitis.Tendinitis or muscle spasm. Read more...
Likely not cancer. In a 31 year old with shoulder pain, lung cancer is extremely unlikely. If it gets progressively worse over the next 2 weeks see your pcp. Still not likely to be cancer but it can be something your pcp can help you with. Read more...
Doubt cancer. This sort of pain sounds musculoskeletal. If your doc cannot find evidence of cancer, it is unlikely that it is - so don't try to make it into something it is not! don't you have enough to worry about without adding something unfounded like this? Read more...

Am loosing wt (5 kg in 3mnths) have upper back and shoulder pain 2 mnths which gets better with massage and rest, pains on touch. Chest CT is normal, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Probably not. Although lung cancer can occur in someone in their early 30's, it is pretty unusual. A chest ct is a good test at evaluating the lungs for lung cancer. If it is normal, then it is not lung cancer. But, as i'm sure you already know, you should stop smoking. If you keep smoking, there's a good chance of developing cancer in the future as well as heart and blood vessel disease. 1800 quit now. Read more...
Stop smoking. Pain that improves with massage and rest is not the most usual presentation of lung cancer; and your ct resulted normal. If you are legitimately worried about cancer, you should stop smoking. The presence of those symptoms do not (per se) rule out the possibility of cancer anyway. Consult your dr, and stop smoking using any method. Good luck. Read more...

I have pain on touch on rt shoulder blade, it has shifted from near the spine, radiates to spine, pains smwhr deep when I bend neck, am a smoker, chest CT normal, can this be lung cancer? What is this

A clear CT. Means that it is not lung cancer. Ct is the most sensitive method available to evaluate for lung cancer. Your symptoms sound musculo-skeletal. I would still recommend smoking cessation. Read more...
Not likely. Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years. Read more...