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Please - Opinion CAT Scan - Lung Cancer

SharRog
Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2009

Would you please give me your opinion on the CAT Scan described below? I have no one else to turn to because my father adamantly refuses a biopsy. His primary doctor told me 15 months ago, that he believed with certainty he has Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Now, the doctor has changed his opinion, he believes he has a Lung Fungus because my father shows no symptoms of lung cancer. So I requested the CAT Scan to get another opinion.

CT SCAN with CONTRAST
There is a 3.79 x 3.45cm mass within the posterior segment of the right upper lobe with the mass extending below the carina by approximately 1 cm. There are at least six small metastatic lung nodules noted within the posterior segment right upper lobe. There is a small metastatic lung nodule noted in the anterior segment of the left upper lobe. The rest of the visualized lung fields are essentially clear. There is no mediastinal, hilar, or axillary adenopathy noted. Thee are atherosclerotic changes of the origin of the left subclavian artery, of the thoracic aorta, LAD coronary artery, and circumflex coronary artery.

History:
1. 2006 / Nov – 10mm (X-ray)
2. 2007 / Nov – Grew to 4cm (CAT scan with contrast)
3. Dad: 82-yr-old (quit smoking 30 years ago) (refuses biopsy and treatments-adamant about this)

Lung Fungus?? (the 4cm mass in lungs)
- Lifetime resident upstate NY
- Dad had driven from Chicago to California (50 years ago)
- Dad had visited Arizona and Nevada for one month (30 years ago)

Questions:
- From examining the CAT Scan, do you think he has Lung Cancer?
- Can a person have lung cancer starting 10mm (Nov 2006) grow to 4cm (Nov 2007) – and have no symptoms as of this date Feb 2009?
- If not, and you think it is a lung fungus, can lung fungus show up on a CAT Scan 30-50 years from possible exposure?
- If Lung Fungus, are there any life threatening issues?

Thank you for your time and I appreciate any advice/information you can give me.

hansie
Posts: 37
Joined: Jul 2008

i had a friend who got lung fungus after cleaning bird poop up in his attic and it brought a healthy 45 yr old to his knees for weeks.From what ive heard that is a normal exposure...bird poo and he may not have noticed he was eaven exposed.It doesnt sound likely that something he was exposed to 30 yrs ago would be an issue now.Without a biopsy noone will know.

nanaof7
Posts: 127
Joined: Feb 2009

I had 2 radiologist put in there report that I may have a fungus or infection in my lung I went in for a needle biopsy and it was diagnosed as lung cancer the biopsy did not hurt and I am glad I did because now I can get on with treatment and not be wondering all the time what it is I hope your dad changes his mind so you can all either be relieved or at least get some medical attention best wishes to you and your family

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