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Old 04-08-2005, 05:58 AM   #1
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xray/CT scan

I am wondering if lung cancer could be mistakenly diagnosed for pnuemonia? In an xray? In a CT scan? If cancer was NOT being looked for could it be missed? Would it look the same on either test?

 
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I am wondering if lung cancer could be mistakenly diagnosed for pnuemonia? In an xray? In a CT scan? If cancer was NOT being looked for could it be missed? Would it look the same on either test?
No. The two conditions look totally different.

 
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Re: xray/CT scan

I had a routine xray done and the reoport said I had a 1 cm lung nodule, had a cat scan done and there is no lung nodule. They were seeing bone spurs in my mid thorax. I think the cat scan is the better choice to determine what is going on.

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Old 04-12-2005, 10:34 AM   #4
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HI, HAVE BOTH XRAY AND CAT SCAN. BACK IN OCT 2004, I WAS TREATED FOR PNEUMONIA (also in sept). XRAY SHOWED 'MASS' IN MY RIGHT LUNG AND A CAT SCAN WAS ORDERED. WITHIN 3 DAYS DIAGNOSIS WAS CANCER TUMOR. I HAD RIGHT LUNG REMOVED IN DEC AND WAS TOLD HE GOT IT ALL BY RESECTION 3 RIBS AND THE CHEST WALL. THE TUMOR WAS 6-7 CM.S STAGE 2. I HAD 5 ROUNDS OF CHEMO AND STOPPED THEM. WAS PRECAUTIONARY. ANYWAY, I WANTED TO TELL YOU IN MY CASE, THE 'TUMOR' OR 'MASS' SOUNDED LIKE PNEUMONIA TWICE. GET THE XRAY AND CAT SCAN, ASAP. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

 
Old 04-27-2005, 03:58 AM   #5
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If a Chest x-ray was done and your doctor diagnosed you as having pneumonia, then he should have put you on an antibiotic regimine and then orderd a follow up chest x-ray to make sure the pneumonia had cleared. If the same mass/shadowing was present on the second x-ray, then a Chest CT and labwork would be in order.

 
Old 05-01-2005, 08:39 AM   #6
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re Chest x-ray/.CT scan
I had x-ray and was diagnosed as having pneumonia and was prescrbed anti biotics for 10 days, did not work for me so increased strength and went for 14 days, no improvement. Sent to internelist and did heart and more blood and chest x-ray and CT scan, still a mass at the lower right lung. Brouncoscopy by a pulumunary specialist and lungs were clear.
Six months later I was referred to a Thorastic surgen, More test 3 weeks later I was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Bronchioloslvedor Carcanoma (BCA) Surgery and they removed the lower third of my right lung, the Tumor was larger then a Huge grapefruit. My recomendation is please treat a persistant pnemonia very agresive I feel that I droped the ball and was too passive, I knew that my health was deteriating quickly but I did not have the typical "cancer" symptoms.nor the typical pnemonia symptons. Good luck

 
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:43 PM   #7
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I wanted to tell you to get two opinions on any health problem especially cancer. My 86 year-old uncle who lived by himself came down with the flu which turned into pneumonia. He was on antibiotics for two weeks which showed no improvement in symptoms. His doctor sent him for a chest x-ray which showed pneumonia in the left lung. The doctor put him back on antibiotics and cough meds and told him to get a cat/scan after he finished the antibiotics. He had the cat/scan. The dr. calls me and tells me that my uncle has cancer and because of his age was not a candidate for surgery. I was very close to my uncle and I found it very difficult to tell him his diagnosis. So I waited until we went to his next doctor's appointment. I dreaded going into the office with him but I almost fell of of my chair when the doctor told me that another radiologist read the report and didn't have cancer after all. What they saw on the scan was fluid. I was so happy and relieved when I heard that news that I started to cry. My uncle being the jokester that he was said what are you crying for? You cry for the dead people, not the living. My beloved uncle lived to be 90 and he died on my birthday.

 
Old 05-06-2005, 12:15 PM   #8
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Re: xray/CT scan

Yes it can easily be confused.....keep pressing your doctors to do more tests until they are 100% sure......there are more tests they can do......prayers are with you

 
Old 05-22-2005, 09:34 AM   #9
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Normally x-rays, and all scans are read and interpreted by a radiologist who is rigorously trained in his specialty. They then do a report which is either faxed or sent to your doctor. Sometimes with a recomendation at the bottom. Mine said "get ct to rule out carcinoma of the lung" I did but it sure didn't rule it out! However, had it not been for the radiologist and his report my cancer would have undoubtably become inoperable.

Best wishes for a healthy outcome.

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Old 05-23-2005, 05:50 PM   #10
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Re: xray/CT scan

My mom had a shadow on her lung when they did her Xray, they didn't think it was cancer, they sent her for a lung CTScan and the shadown was still there, so they waited 6 months and sent her again (shadow was still there) She say a pulmologist and he didn't think it was anything serious but decide to do a bronchoscopy to see if there was anything in her lungs, she just got the result last Friday, they didn't see anything abnormal, they did A LOT of blood test to try and find out what the shadow might be.

All this to say that a shadow on something that shows up on a CT Scan or XRAY doesn't always mean Cancer. I would ask for another XRAY or SCAN just for reassurance.

Let us know how you are doing.
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