This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your mother.
without a CT scan, we can't say if there is a malignancy or cancer or not.
it could just be scar tissue in her left lung
there are many types of lung cancers as well.
and there are cancers which can start in the lungs and also cancers which can spread to the lungs as well.
and there are many types of cancers which can start in the lungs.
so it is too early to talk about types of therapy
Thanks for your reply. I would just like to know in advance of the CT: if it turns out that an early treatable cancer is there, would the standard treatment be surgery and/or chemotherapy. And would that be considered worthwhile or advisable, given her age and medical conditions?
if the cancer is early and hasn't spread outside of the lungs it could treatable with radiation and chemotherapy
at age 86, she might not be able to tolerate chemotherapy
but there are some oral agents like tarceva she might be able to tolerate.
Thank you. My final question please: You haven't mentioned surgery, so is it unlikely that surgery would be involved, even if caught early?
because of her age.
it is hard to impossible to do lung surgery on a 86 year old patient.
best of luck to you and your mother
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do you have other questions?
Sorry, I had to go away for a while. Thank you very much for your advice.