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Could you please tell me what your husband's symptoms were prior to being diagnosed with lung abscess? How long has he been having them? Any weight loss?
Is your husband a smoker?
Has your husband been feeling any better since starting antibiotics?
Thank you for additional information.
There is actually quite a small chance of your husband having lung cancer. All his symptoms point to infection causing his cough and sputum. Amoxicillin is a very weak antibiotic to treat lung infection so I am not surprised to hear that his symptoms came back. Clarithromycin is a better drug choice.
Of course, being a smoker for so many years puts your husband at a risk of developing lung cancer, however, if there is lung cancer, it would be a completely accidental discovery. Usually it is recommended to repeat chest x-ray after 3-4 weeks of being on antibiotics to make sure that the infiltrate they are calling "abscess" has resolved.
The botXXXXX XXXXXne is that there is a very low risk that your husbands' symptoms are due to lung cancer but pease make sure that his GP repeats his chest x-ray in 3-4 weeks.
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Thank you for this but could you try to explain why the GP called at our house less than 24 hours after the x ray was taken and why he has ordered an urgent ct scan. His visit and the words ct scan have really concerned us - thank you julia
I am sorry for not getting back to you right away. I had to step away from the computer.
When you husband had the x-ray done, I am sure it showed a blurriness caused by the abscess. X-rays are not very specific tests and if the blurriness seen on the x-ray looks suspicious, CT scan is always done to look at it closer. I don't think your GP wanted to waste any time and ordered CT scan urgently.
Based solely on the symptoms that your husband had/has, the diagnosis is more likely to be of infectious cause (abscess, pneumonia). It doesn't mean that he cannot have cancer but judging just based on his symptoms and his response to antibiotics, it is more likely he has infection. I have had several patients whose symptoms started out as an infection and during for the infection, they were diagnosed with lung cancer. The 2 conditions could just be completely independent of one another and lung cancer can be picked up by accident. If that's the case, the prognosis is much better because it can be treated with surgery.
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