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Pancreatic cancer stage four, spread to liver. On chemotherapy. Blood test confirms non-communicable TB. Possible for two diseases to co-exist?

My brothers wife has been detected with Pancreatic Cancer Stage IV which has metasized to liver . She has undergone 2 chemo rounds but developed fever over the last 7 days. A blood test confirmed that she has non-communicable TB also. Is it possible for the two diseases to co-exist or is it a case of incorrect diagnosis.
Asked On : Sun, 15 Jul 2012
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It is possible to tuberculosis to coexist with any cancer, especially in India. However, TB should not be diagnosed on blood tests. Chest Xray, Mantoux test, FNAC or sputum are usually used to diagnose TB.

Fever post chemo is more likely to be due to other bacterial infections than TB.
Answered: Tue, 17 Jul 2012
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