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Has cough. X-ray shows opaque spot on soft tissue around lung. Has Asthma. Cancer?

Hi, my mother had a chest x ray results today which have shown an opaque spot on the soft tissue around her lung . Her x ray was due to continuous coughing. She is asthmatic and has had pleurisy . The doctor wants to see her in a week and has wants a CT scan done. There seemed to be no urgency in terms of when they saw her. My automatic fear is cancer - is this automatically the case?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Mar 2013
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Lung opacity at this age should always be carefully investigated. There may be some other causes but malignancy is also a possibility. High resolution CT scan of chest should be an initial diagnostic test, based on the HU the characteristics of the lump can be commented upon by your radiologist. Follow your doctors' advise.
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