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12 Sep 2006

Lung tumour
Hi doc
my dad went for a sonar on his lungs due to having pain in his back just behind his heart (also has heart problems) and the sonar shows that he has a tumour in his lungs, behind the heart, with also a blockage close to a main artery, and also one on his kidney. What are the chances that they might be benighn, as he does not want any further diagnoses done, and does not want any ops to check out wheter it is cancer. Also if it is malignant, how long does a person normally live with it with no treatment?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear George
If there are tumours in 2 areas it is possible that it could be metasthatic of origin - in other words coming from a primary tumour somewhere else in the body. I can understand that he is not keen to go for operations but maybe they can identify the tumour by taking a lung biopsy - which is not really "an operation" but will be done under anaesthetic. The just take a sample with a long needle. If the tumour is treatable - i.e. if Chemotherapy will shrink it and make him more comfortable for the forseeable future, it may be worth trying it. Ask the doctor to at least refer him to an oncologist to discuss his options so that he can make an informed decision about his future. You have to respect his feelings but one would like him to be painfree and without complications for as long as possible.
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