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X-ray shows shadow in area where previously showed pneumonia. History of breast cancer

Dear doc. I had a serious infection l my breast , I had Cancer in the same one. Left . My gp put me on serious antibiotics . I was on holiday the week after so was not able to see her. My partner decided to come home early and took me to the Victoria Infirmary Glasgow. As I was in so much pain and was at times not lucid. I was x-rayed and was told I had pneumonia , this time Im told it iis a shadow around the same area. What can it be?
Asked On : Mon, 29 Oct 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM
I can understand from your query that you have had breast cancer in left breast.
You developed infection in the same breast. X-ray showed evedence of pneumonia in the lung field and some kind of opacification in the same region where breast cancer developed before.

Presence of pneumonia needs to be treated with appropriate antibiotics. You need to get full breast examination (including same side axilla) to look for recurrence of breast cancer.
These investigations include breast examination, mammography and fine needle aspiration cytology if any lump has developed.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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