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I have been pre-diagnosed, through X-Rays and 2 cat scans,

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I have been pre-diagnosed, through X-Rays and 2 cat scans, with left lung masses and pneumonia. I was recently hospitalized for treatment og the pneumonia for 4 days. After several different antibiotic treatments, I was released. However, my pneumonia has spread. I am 66yo. I have been assigned 6 different doctors, plus my primary.
I have had 1 biopsy (Bronco) with 2 samples. The preliminary was neg. for cancer. Now another doctor says those were "inconclusive". Therefore another biopsy procedure through my back is necessary. My concern is, it is confirmed I have pneumonia. Common logic warns me, until the pneumonia infection is cleared, you do not puncture the lung, potentially creating more or spreading the existing infection.
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Vernon Marshall
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

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a lot of times lung cancer can look like pneumonia in the lungs.

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and lung cancer can be tough to diagnose sometimes.

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sounds like your doctors are recommending a CT guided biopsy into your lungs.

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if you have been on antibiotics for some time and the lung mass is not going away, then most likely it is not pneumonia but a lung cancer in your lungs.

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often times a lung cancer can cause a pneumonia by blocking off the flow of air in your lungs and causing fluid and consolidation to form behind the lung cancer.

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I have seen this many times.

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if your doctors are recommending a CT guided biopsy, you should get one. these biopsies will not cause pneumonia to spread.

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but lung cancer can spread and so you need to get this diagnosed if there is a lung cancer there

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good luck to you

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