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shadow between heart and lungs

my 87 year old father in law has had a CAT scan which showed a shadow on his chest the size of a grape. The next week the GP came to see him and said it was now the size of a golf ball.
He had more tests last week and has been told that he has to have radiotherapy. He has been a serious hypochondriac for ay least 40 years but this sounds really worrying and he is 500 miles away in Scotland and on his own.
Could his shadow be benighn or should we really prepare ourselves for the worst this time?

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replied April 26th, 2010
If he has been advised to undergo radiation therapy, then I must assume that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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