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...has the colon cancer spreaded into my lungs?

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I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in September 2011. I had surgery on Oct.25, 2011. Started my chemo. on middle of December 2011; finished my chemo on end of May, 2012. Recently, I have been coughing for about 3 weeks. I am worried...has the cancer spreaded into my lungs?? I am really worried....

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replied September 14th, 2012
Colon Cancer Answer A38644
Welcome to ehealthforum,
It is difficult to comment on the spread or metastasis of cancer without further evaluation. The symptoms could be due to chemotherapy, metastasis, other upper or lower respiratory tract infections etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. Getting a chest x-ray done will help to see if there are metastatic foci in lungs. If there is suspicion of cancer spread, getting a PET scan done for whole body will help to identify/rule out spread to other parts. Consider visiting your treating doctor/oncologist at the earliest for further evaluation and proceed with further management as suggested (based on your evaluation results). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/oncologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.

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