My father was diagnosed with bronchitis on Monday, was given antibacterial medication to alleviate the sickness. The problem was that a CT scan showed that there was a blip in the lung area. The doctor took blood and x-rays. He also stated it could be valley fever or even lung cancer. My father has been coughing, but nothing is coming out, he has been fatigued, pain in the chest, he can hardly eat much because it makes him feel worse, and he has been sounding different. He states that he feels better than Monday when he went to the doctor, but he still has the same symptoms.
I have looked all over the internet for some answers, but the problem is that valley fever and lung cancer are almost mirror images of each other. My question is what should I be asking when he sees a specialist tomorrow? And should I worry that it is cancer? Please help, thanks….
I cannot tell you if he has Valley Fever versus lung cancer versus any other specific type of lung disease, as I am not involved in his care (you also did not mention where you live, or whether or not he is a smoker, and these are important considerations when it comes to the risk of Valley Fever and lung cancer).
If your father has a mass in the lung, particularly if it is enlarging between x-rays or CT scans, then it may need to be biopsied with a needle to make the diagnosis.
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