Originally posted by madison55: |
My 85 year old father has a small "shadow" on his CT scan that is going to be biopsied next week. We are all scared to death. He had bad case of pneumonia almost 2 years ago and doctor said it could be scar tissue from that. My question is, if you have a nodule on the lung, can a doctor hear anything when listening to your lungs. My dad's doctor told him yesterday that he could hear "just a little something" in the right lung (where the nodule is and where the worst pneumonia was). Is hearing "just a little something" a good sign or bad sign for cancer?
When you hear things when listening to the lungs, they are not specific to cancer....in fact, the sounds in the lungs just give you an idea that something is going on, and it doesn't in any way mean that it's cancer. The sounds are things like decreased breath sounds, wheezes and crackles. It can mean there is scarring, pneumonia, fluid on the lungs, cancer, asthma, mucous, blood etc. etc. etc. Don't automatically assume it's cancer.
Same thing with a shadow on a CT...there are a lot of things that it can be, including the pneumonia returning.