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Suffering from cold. Coughing up blood. Dark shades on the lungs. CT scan suggested. Lung cancer?

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My brother has been coughing up some blood and has been sick with colds. His a fit 19 year old boy and they have found dark shades on his right lung which seems to have covered 40% of his lung. They have suggested he gets a ct scan. I'm hoping that this is not lung cancer and possibly a serve infection. Can you please help.
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Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Hi Carlan,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
First let me assure you that it is unlikely to have lung cancer in a 19 year old boy. Lung cancer usually occurs in elderly fellows with a history of heavy smoking.
Coughing up of blood can be due to pneumonia, pharyngitis, tracheal inflammation, tuberculosis, allergic conditions like allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis etc and the baeauty of all these is that they are curable.
Dark shades on CT scan can be due to pneumonia, tuberculosis, collapse of the lung, congenital abnormalities etc.......cancers like lymphoma may have similar picture.
Since the disease started with cold i.e upper respiratory tract infection,,it is high probability that it is some sort of infection and will be cured by a course of antibiotics and other supportive treatment. Lets wait for the CT scan report.

Best wishes for your brother's health...
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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