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Lung mets


Re: Lung mets

Hello Clare

Thanks for posting. This sounds like a difficult time waiting to find out if your mum has secondary cancer in the lung.

We’re not aware of benign lung conditions that could appear in this way but you may want to contact the British Lung Foundation.

I wonder if your mum has been in touch with her treatment team at the hospital. It would be a good idea to let them know her symptoms and the further investigations she has been referred for.

Waiting for tests and tests results can be a worrying time. It might help to chat this through with one of us here. Do call our Helpline  Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

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Lung mets


My mum was diagnosed in July 2020 with Tnbc. She completed treatment in April 2021, so 7 months ago.

About 2 months ago she started with a dry cough, but a week later turned into a chesty cough. She then developed pain when taking deep breaths. After visiting the gp, she was prescribed antibiotics and sent for an X-ray. The gp received the X-ray results and said she suspect pleurisy, gave my mum more antibiotics and reschuled another X-ray for in 4 weeks time.

Today the doctor called and said that there was a “dense area” on the X-ray, that had grown in size since her previous x-Ray 4 weeks ago and that it isn’t an infection. She has been referred for further investigations.

The way the doctor was talking on the phone, came across as a dead cert that she is convinced it is secondary cancer and we aren’t holding out much hope, but I was just wondering if there are any benign conditions that could cause something to grow within 4 weeks?