Can lung cancer look like pneumonia o...
swifty

Portland, ME

#21 Jan 4, 2009
I have had a severe headache on both sides of my temples for five weeks now. Lot's of tests being done, but no real results yet. No history of headache but plenty of vascular operations. Is headache a sign of lung cancer? Thanks.
Ronica

Bristol, VA

#22 Jan 6, 2009
My mother 56 never smoked and yesterday started coughing up blood. She was taken to the ER they did a chest x-ray and said it was pneuomina and are treating her with 7 days of antibiotics. They were shocked to find she had no other symptoms of this other than what the chest x-ray had shown. I am scared that it could be more. What should she do?
Des

Avondale, AZ

#23 Jan 19, 2009
Betty Houston Texas wrote:
To all of you out there have the spots checked with a CT scan and a follow up PET scan .. Its you life we are talking about.. survival rate is very low with Lung Cancer.. If we would have did more testing on my mom we would have had options.They seen a spot 4 years ago and said it was old scaring.. last year the finally did the CT and Pet scan... She died 6 month later with no treatment ... I have lost a grandmother and mother to lung cancer . 1 was a smoker and 1 was not...18 month later here I sit.. x ray in hand ..white spots ... smoker... and a fighter.... God be with us ALL.. Lets fight it>>>
hi Betty, i did have an x-ray, they said that i have some scar in my left lung, my dr was suppose to send me for a ct scan, but up till now have not hear from them, there are times when i talk with force i taste the blood,am very worried. can you pls give some more imfor about your mom.
Babs

San Antonio, TX

#24 Feb 4, 2009
I was diagnosed with pneumonia 2 months ago. Treated with several meds. Most of the symptoms went away but I have a continuing cough. Cough up clear mucus many times a day. The only way I sleep through the night without coughing is to take a strong night time cough medicine. I have read about bloody mucus but can one have lung cancer with 'clear' mucus? I am very worried. Thanks.
princess

Gambrills, MD

#25 Feb 13, 2009
i cant belive he passed but he is in a good place he is very funny he was a father to me but he never even seen me
jessica

Revere, MA

#26 Mar 12, 2009
I am 51 years old both my father and mother died of lung cancer.I have never smoked. I have had pnemonia three times in the past year. The doctor keeps taking xrays and giving me antibiotics. Do you think I should be concerned? I am tired alot. The doctor is sending me for a ct scan today.
derrick charlotte nc

Charlotte, NC

#27 Mar 19, 2009
My dad is in the hospital right now the dr is telling him its pneumonia in both longs he has non stop pain in his right side today they stoped giving him antibiotics but he still hurts and feels the same he has told them he knows somthing is wrong they keep saying theres not..does my father have cancer?
michelle

Harrow, UK

#28 Mar 21, 2009
im 35yrs old & I had a ct scan due to a kidney stone, doctors wanted to find out how much damage & scarring my kidney had. But doctors found a blob on my lung, as the doctor i saw who gave me my ct scan results is a kidney doctor he couldnt tell whats wrong with my lung. Ive been refered to another doctor, iam a smoker been smoking for 15years. Really worried at the moment. I know that i shouldnt worry as it could be anything but i cant help but worry. And help or advice will be gratefully recieved
litlefawn

AOL

#29 Jun 12, 2009
Babs wrote:
I was diagnosed with pneumonia 2 months ago. Treated with several meds. Most of the symptoms went away but I have a continuing cough. Cough up clear mucus many times a day. The only way I sleep through the night without coughing is to take a strong night time cough medicine. I have read about bloody mucus but can one have lung cancer with 'clear' mucus? I am very worried. Thanks.
my hubby is a cardiac patient. Since Dec of 08 he has had a caugh the has worsened over the months. We are now in June and he "thought" he had a chest cold, was treated with leviquin and A week later was asked to repeat the chest x=ray...and was told he has Vasicular Pulminary disease. Vasicular meaning Artery and pulminary meaning lung...both the lower and upper lobes of the lungs are affected.So We did repeat the x-ray and with a marked improvement, the heat is still enlarged, with milky looking things that appear next to it; basically in the lungs. we were sent immidiately to his pc and a breathing test along with blood was drawn. yesterday his result came back a high white blood cell count. therapy....more antibiotics (biaxin) for a week and return for more testing!
Im pissed, he has shortness of breath, he wheezes and caughs up white mucus too!...Im kept up with his persistant caugh...Im afraid something serious is wrong.
any help, advice or suggestions????
susan

United States

#30 Jun 12, 2009
My daugher is a nurse. She said that before her close friend died at 38 of lung cancer she was told she had "an infection" and was put on antibiotics. Not until she had an MRI did they find cancer. She was a smoke and died in six mos.
My ex husband's long time girlfriend, 54, is a heavy smoker too. She says she "has pneumonia again", has a bad cough, extreme fatigue and is on antibiotics. Her mother has breast cancer.
Please get an MRI.
Kay

Montgomery, AL

#31 Jun 29, 2009
stan wrote:
i got a ct scan on my chest last week, got the results back today. the dr said the scan was good, he said there was a small area they seen, i asked him if that is something i should worry bout , he said it could be anyything and it isnt really anything. i do smoke so i am wondering what a white spot means or things it could be , if anyone can clue me in a little bit i would aprreciate it alot.
I went to the doc on Thurs with a fever and was told I had pneumonia and doc gave me a shot of anibiotics along with antibiotic pescription. Told me to come back the next day for another shot and another xray which I did. He then asked me if I was caughing up any mucus and what did it look like. I had been caughing up only in the morning a yeloow mucus with a small amount of blood. He made me go that day (Fri afternoon @ 1:00) for cat scan. I went and the guy giving the scan told me I should hear from doc either late Fri or call him first thing Sat since he was open. He called on Sat and still doesn't like results and sending me to Pulmanary Specialist. He told me to google (Pneumonia and lung cancer) which I did and understand that everything could very well be fine but if not we were on top of it fast. Doc told me that the cat scan is the best way to see if something doesn't look right. I would insist on one.
Claire in FL

United States

#32 Jul 2, 2009
I went thrugh treatment for breast cancer in 2001 and was in remission for 7 years. I developed a dry cough in 2008 and it would not go away. Through other complications a CT scan was ordered, and cancer was suspected in my lung along with a bad case of pneumonia, which I was assuming was due to the cancer growth in the lung. No fever, no chills, just a hacking cough with no mucus. In the hospital I was also given a thorentisis (sp) where they drew out the fluid in my lung, and had it biopsied. It came back definitive cancer. Now I am back doing more chemo, which is the only option for me.
My recco is if anyone suspects cancer, to demand more testing and competent analysis by an oncologist and pulminary specialist.
And for anyone who didnt know (I didnt) breast cancer does spread to the lungs, bones and liver, so those who are BC survivors whould seriously keep in touch with their oncologist for bone, PET and CT scans of the whole body on an annual basis. The cancer in my lungs are breast cancer cells....and where ever else they go they are breast cancer cells.
I have pneumonia again after 6 months (again dry cough that would not go away) and now CT scan shows disease in my bony area in chest. More chemo. Wish me luck - I am making peace wth God and my family for when it takes me however I can tell that with lung involvement the chances for long term recovery are not high.
Claire
Regina

Sicklerville, NJ

#33 Oct 9, 2009
I have been sick for three weeks now. First upper respitory, fevers, H1N1 (swine flu). My doctor has had me on many antibiotics and finally sent me for a chest xray. I just rec'd the results and not sure what this means: Here is the exact words: "Hyperinflation suggesting an element of obstructive lung disease. Linear scarring or atelectasis of the left base."

PLEASE, PLEASE, Anyone, can you give me some advise??? Thanks in advance.
Liz

United States

#34 Oct 16, 2009
I have a dear friend who had a CT scan today, after being diagnosed with pneumonia and she also has COPD. THe CT scan came back as follows:

multifocal nodular areas ranging in size up to 2.5 cm., one of the nodules as a "central cavitation." Also it showed "subcarnial lymphadenopathy."

She was advised to see a pulmonologist ASAP. She is very short of breath. Is having some right back pain, but no coughing, weight loss, or spitting up blood

Any idea what this means?
personally clueless

Campbellsville, KY

#35 Nov 1, 2009
First line on this page:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

is:
Atelectasis is the collapse of part or all of a lung.

This page focuses on treatment:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/atelectasis/...

If you google the term, you will find a lot more, and if you use these pages you can probably locate information on related terms.

A topix forum really isn't at the top of my list of recommended sources of medical advice.
Rosann

United States

#36 Nov 4, 2009
All of you with any lung problems, doubts, and questions-PLEASE CALL (CTCA) Cancer Treatment Centers of America!!! I am a patient in remission with small cell lung cancer who also has auto immune-Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herniated discs, Desicated Discs,and chronic pain! They got me through it and think I am in remission-tumor very small now and hasn't changed in size since Feb '08 !! They continue to scan every 3mo. Everyone who has been there will tell you there is no where else that you should go. They move quick, know what they are doing-have all your scans, xrays, tests done w/results within 2 days and are starting to treat you. The commercials on tv are true! What's really great is that you have a whole team of dr.'s around you that meet together about your case every week. You don't have to try to run to every dr. here and there when you are sick, its all right there, oncologist, pulmonologist, pain, emergency md's naturopath's, surgeon's, etc. Organic meals along with your own dietician, counselors, psychiatrists!!!! Call them they will stop at nothing to get you there as quick as possible or anything you may need!!--Can't say enough good things about them-they saved my life and many others with no hope at home. My friend had stage 4 bone cancer-begged the dr. there just to give her something to let her go because of the pain. She went back to work over a yr. ago truck driving! Call them please-don't wait!!!!!!!!!
Rosann

United States

#37 Nov 4, 2009
Liz wrote:
I have a dear friend who had a CT scan today, after being diagnosed with pneumonia and she also has COPD. THe CT scan came back as follows:
multifocal nodular areas ranging in size up to 2.5 cm., one of the nodules as a "central cavitation." Also it showed "subcarnial lymphadenopathy."
She was advised to see a pulmonologist ASAP. She is very short of breath. Is having some right back pain, but no coughing, weight loss, or spitting up blood
Any idea what this means?
Please call the Cancer TreatmentCenter of America right away and get it checked out-they will be able to tell you what it is quickly-cancer or not & will tell you what needs to be done right away-no messing around!!
Val

AOL

#38 Nov 4, 2009
had an x-ray at the top of my lung it looks like a cloud. Have to go to lung Dr. next. What could it be? I have a cough but not a cold.
Worried

Glasgow, KY

#39 Dec 7, 2009
Val wrote:
had an x-ray at the top of my lung it looks like a cloud. Have to go to lung Dr. next. What could it be? I have a cough but not a cold.
I just got back from the Doctor with the same result... He's sending me to have a CT scan Wed. morning...
Steve

Chaska, MN

#40 Dec 14, 2009
I would urge anyone who goes to the doctor and they tell them it is pneumonia to get a second opinion. My wifes doctor told her she had pneumonia twice. She would not switch doctors. When she again had breathing problems I took her to the hospital and they ran a CT scan. It was lung cancer. Already stage 4. She died 2 weeks later. I am mad and confused thinking that this could have been treated with early detection. DO NOT LET THIS GO.

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