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Pneumonia and spot on lung

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Hello everyone. About 1 1/2 months ago I had strep throat, was told he did not hear any pneumonia but wanted me to get xray, saying the antibiotic would take care of pneumonia if I did have it. I went for chest xray 3 days later, got a call from nurse saying my chest xray did not show pneumonia but they saw a spot at the base of my left lung and needed to see Doctor. I saw Dr. 3 days later, he said I needed to get a CT scan to see what it was. I got the ct scan, saw the Dr. 6 days later. The Dr. said I had pneumonia and the spot on lung, he said the only 100% way of knowing if it was cancerous was to get a biopsy which he didn't recommend at that time, Dr. said I had to have a follow up chest xray in 4 weeks to give the pneumonia time to clear up. The Dr. did tell me there was a small chance it could be cancerous. I am still feeling weak, tired, some chest pain/discomfort, also in my left lung, I am having trouble swallowing more so now, I also have shortness of breath that has increased, I am on 3 different inhalers, I have been a smoker for 30 years and also have COPD, I lost my dad to lung cancer in 2005, my Mother dies of cancer, have family history of cancer. I am going to see the Dr. on 12/01, and to get chest xray, I am getting anxious as the time comes closer. I just do not feel myself, no energy and above symptoms. Would a Dr. tell you there is a small chance it can be cancerous if he saw something on the ct scan report he is unsure of? Why would a Dr. tell you that? Any kind of input, help, advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for reading! Darzy
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replied November 25th, 2010
I doubt that your doctor would intentionally try to mislead you about the results of your chest x-rays and CT scan.

You will likely have to undergo a repeat chest CT scan, within 4 to 6 months, to see whether or not this spot on your lung is enlarging. If it is, then it will need to be biopsied. Meanwhile, you might ask your doctor to refer you to a pulmonary (lung) specialist.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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