Can a tumor in the lung be hidden in scar tissue
My mom was just recently admitted to hospital. We took her by ambulance, because she was not acting right, somewhat confused, and disoriented. She was dehydrated and had a fever when she arrived at the emergency room. They started her on anibiotics right away.
She has a history of Breast and lung cancer. Her lung cancer was 3 years ago, they did a wedge thing (not sure of the name) and had chemo and radiation. Before the surgery they tested the lymph nodes in the chest wall and it tested positive.
Every three months she is seen by her radiation dr. and they do chest x-rays and CT scans. There is no changes in the scans, but she does have alot of scar tissue.
While in emerg, a Doctor from infectious disease was called in and he went through her cancer charts with a fine tooth comb, and told us that he thought may have a pneumonia (but not the usual one everyone gets) and that this type is usually caused by a tumor. We told him that she has scans and x-rays regularily and that no new tumor was ever detected. His reply was that there could be one and is hidden by scar tissue.
Also a month ago she complained of a bad pain on the opposite side of the lung she had surgery on, and after a CT scan they found that she had broken a rib. When they did a CT scan in emerg recently, they found she had another broken rib on the other side.
She also has lost weight very rapidly, she is only 75 lbs, she has COPD and enphazema.
When she was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 years ago she also had pneumonia. And she now has it again. Could there be a tumor hidden in scar tissue? If so what should be pushing the dr's to do to find out. They don't seem to concerned, and it is very upsetting.