• over 2 years ago

    How urgent is diagnosis lung cancer?

    I have had a cough over a year, which the doctor has tried to treat with antihistamines, expectorant, etc. It recently became much worse quite suddenly, and the doctor ordered chest x-rays.

    The x-rays showed an opacity in the upper lobe of my right lung. The doctor has sent a referral to radiology for a CT scan and I have been waiting for a call from them when they have an opening in their schedule. It's been over a week and no call from radiology.

    If this is lung cancer, isn't it urgent for me to get a diagnosis? They say that early detection if very important to the prognosis and treatment of cancer. Should I start trying to put pressure on radiology to get this diagnosis done? My doctor doesn't seem to feel any urgency, but that goes against everything I've learned about cancer detection.

    I'm obviously apprehensive and don't know what I should do. Any advice from people with cancer-related knowledge and experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  • 3 months ago

    RE: How urgent is diagnosis lung cancer?

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