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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 31-year-old son had osteosarcoma in his knee 4 years ago, had a knee replacement, a lot of chemo, and went into remission. He has recently been diagnosed with a suspicious growth in his lung, about 6 cm. If this is cancer, what are his chances of a cure?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   well it all depends on the type lesion .. teh chest x ray lesion is a vague sign , it CAN be cancer and it CAN ALSO be some calcification in the lung which is nothing to worry about
Doctor :   also it depends on the type on cancer
Doctor :   there are many types some are curable and some not
Doctor :   he would have to undergo a biopsy to determine what is the lesion about
Doctor :   then only we can tell what is the situation and prognosis
User :   Is there a particular type of lung cancer that is associated with osteosarcoma?
Doctor :   well yes lung is a common site of metastasis for osteosarcoma
Doctor :   but like i said it can be a simple calcification too
User :   The spot came up yellow on a PET scan. Does that mean it's definitely cancer?
Doctor :   no not at all .. a cancer can ONLY be diagnosed with a biopsy
User :   Do calcifications ever get bigger, or does only cancerous lesions grow?
Doctor :   calcifications hardly grow
User :   If caught early, can lung cancer be cured?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   it depends on the type too
Doctor :   but early intervention is good
User :   Does it usually reoccur later?
Doctor :   rarely
User :   That's wonderful news, Doctor. Thank you.
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   I will say good-bye now. You have helped with many of my questions.
Doctor :   bye
Doctor :   take care
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