Can an x-ray identify lung cancer while undergoing treatment for pneumonia?
May not be lung cancer after all
Thanks for your query.
Lung cancer is very difficult to appreciate on x-ray, especially if there is associated pneumonia. The statement of your doctor is also very non-specific. I don't think that there is any hard evidence in favour of cancer here.
If really in doubt, a CT scan of thorax is required.
If at all it is cancer, treatment is available. Success depends on the stage. But yes, many patients do well. Many live for years.
In any case, without the CT I would not worry too much.
Hope this helps.
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