Shadows can often be caused by a lung infection (antibiotics will sort it out), or something like old scarring, or even a benign lesion, both due to excessive coughing, neither are life threatening. 2 months ago. :eek: The Dr still seems to think TB and wasn't surprised about the shadow as that is common with TB. He had to get an opp to get it out, but he's fine now. 3 weeks ago i thought i would be dead by now but that was the fear that gripped me and past experiences of other family members. MD. 13 Jul 2019 22:50. And very scared. Hi, thank you so much for your reassurance, we are now waiting for mums PET scan to come through, it’s the awful waiting and not knowing that is mentally draining. what does the scan with two dark shadows on the lung mean? It could be anything ranging from not significant at all to the other end of the spectrum. To identify the source of the shadows accurately, a doctor may order additional tests, such as a chest CT scan, an MRI, a lung biopsy or a PET scan. I don't mind and i am happy to talk here also. What's next for the Online Community? ... Also I have a bi-lateral hernia and that creates a shadow on my lungs, which has caused a few sleepless nights before we knew what it was. they are worried that this could mean the worst such as cancer. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. Shadow on the lung had an x ray weeks ago just got a phone call this evening to say I need to go ... especially since a shadow has appeared on the first x ray? I think it was roughly 2 weeks for my PET scan appointment but yes, it was the respitory doctor who decided on that next step for me although my appointment for the respitory clinic came in very quickly, in a matter of days actually but i hope your Mum gets a little me time in Spain before she has to come back for that. Feel better today as into 5 of antibiotics but still anxious. If you'd like to know more about lung cancer, you can read our lung cancer information online or order our publications from our shop. That’s awful if it is the dreaded C, for anyone I know, but so so young, can I ask if you are an ex smoker ? When you said your Mum had gone to Span, i was slightly jealous, not in a bad way but i have 2 trips planned and i don't think i will be able to go on them but hey ho, it is what ot is i suppose. I wish i was only 31 but you can add another 21 years on to that, lol. I also had a chest X-ray which came back saying lower left lung shadow and just to be sure referred to hospital for ct scan! Pulmonary edema is a condition involving the accumulation of fluid in the lungs, often due to heart disease. The shadows could be an active or old chest infection that causes permanent lung damage (bronchiectasis). OP. The people on here, cancer patients  past and present and there families have a wealth of knowledge and when i first posted on here a few lovely ladies replied to me and told me that there are options. Sadly I will always have COPD, but today I am a lung cancer survivor. Now I'm soooo worried what the shadow could be and thinking the worst. While you think you may be ready to deal with everything Nikkiniks, i don't think any of us are ever truly ready and it hits us like  a ton of bricks when or if we hear that news, we can only deal it with it as it comes and that is the very best we can do. Hope it turns our ok. X. I would be happy to receive news and updates from Cancer Chat, NICE suspected cancer referral guidelines, Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People. It means that something has been seen casting a 'shadow' on the film. I have a large 'shadow' on my lung at the moment because of a bad viral infection I've got. Other Qs & As. Hopefully there will be plenty more time for holidays to Spain. All Rights Reserved. Then I had to wait to see the specialist. Tell her not to bring fags back with her, lol. Take care sweetie and i wish you both, all the best. My health wasn't great at the time and it was a case of exploring all avenues. I know someone (early 20's) that has been told they have a shadow on the lung and they need a CT scan. It came back with a shadow so then I had to wait to get a proper MRI or scan or summat. I have tried to keep myself busy around the house and garden to keep my mind off of it and sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn't but when it doesn't, i try to throw myself into something else. So now it was on to a pulmonologist. Please seek professional advice relevant to your circumstances. 1 month ago. New; Head and neck cancer forum requires membership for participation - click to join. The GP will ask about your general health and your symptoms. Registered in England. I’ve been told I had cancer twice; both times incorrect. I have also resigned myself to that same fact too but oddly enough i have only been in pain since all my tests started (i think) and at times i think i'm imagining them, except for today when i was in so much pain that i was crying. Public Forum Discussions. Thank God she did; the results revealed a shadow on my left lung. Anyone had similar experience, my mum has an urgent referral to hospital yesterday for an X-ray due to a decline over many months, weight loss (bmi 14) extreme fatigue, chronic cough and overall unwell feeling. I remember back in 1980 getting sent to our chest clinic for an X ray. Had an x ay showed a shadow on right lung so had a ct scan which consultant sure it is Cancer, just had a pet scan got a phone call today have to go into see consultant, I am worried sick. I had a cough last year and my doc sent me for an x-ray. Site updates. After the 10-day course of action, he repeated the x-ray. I was about to walk out – my chest felt fine – but the nurse persuaded me to stay. I'm afraid that other than offering you a gentle but heartfelt hug then i can't do much to alleviate your fears but i will say again ... please please try not to worry because after each stage of x rays, appointments, ct scans, pet scans, biopsies, all we do is worry and it is wasted energy, worrying won't ever change the outcome of these tests and it doesn't half sap your energy which may well be needed for other things. Lung cancer discovered by accident and a three week stay in hospital with a post-op infection. Of course I will keep you posted, it’s really nice to speak to a person instead of googling over and over again all her symptoms, it’s driving me nuts every night before I go to sleep, trying to kid myself it’s something else, on the plus side she’s not coughing up blood, and she doesn’t have chest pain, but she’s lost so much weight since February her bones are literally sticking through her clothes on her back, she has no energy and she has no muscle left anywhere on her body, and she has a horrendous cough but not continuous, no cough at night tho xx, Sorry if I keep repeating myself and going over old ground xx, I’m so sorry that you have been in pain lately, looking at your profile your only 31 aren’t you, ? I don't think so, I think there are numerous possibilities, maybe not all good, but there is no point in google diagnosing as it will only cause more worry. Even these last few days, i have been trying and didn't have a fag for 3  days, today is a different story and whether it's because i have a lot of pain today the first thing i reached for was a fag, a bit like like a comfort blanket. Some conditions cause the airways to become inflamed and narrowed, or fill the airways with phlegm, so it’s harder for air to move in and out of the lungs. All the X-ray can do is show that there is something there. When i smoke i say to myslef f**k it, the damage is done but i know logically that that's not absolutely true. Nicky i have sent you a friend request if you wanted to chat elsewhere but please don't feel obligated to accept it. Shadows on the Lung doesn't automatically mean that it is something that is sinister or nasty, but obviously the only way to be sure exactly what it is, will be more investigation. I got a row from my doctor for googling! If i have lung cancer then my options are slightly more limited because i have COPD but that doesn't mean that they can't offer me anything so i really should be giving myself the best possible chance by quitting but like your Mum, it's very very hard to achieve that. Shadow on lung. I have finally gotten round to doing jobs in the house that have been needing doing for yonks and i don't think my house has ever been cleaner. Most things you google comes up cancer. Lung conditions cause breathlessness for many reasons. My doctor called in a prescription for an antibiotic to treat the systems. Add message | Report. Thank you, she’s flown back to her holiday home to be with my dad in Spain, today, I rang the hospital to find out how long PET scan would be coming through but they said we were given wrong information and she will be referred to the Respiratory Team who will decide if a PET scan or Biopsy is best way forward, she promises me she will fly back as soon as appt comes through, it has been fast tracked but they said 2 or 3 week wait even fasttracked xx. December 2017 edited December 2017 in Disabled people. anixous2017 Member Posts: 56 Courageous. Well Nikki, she is better off over in Spain to be honest. OP I wish your friend good luck, and remember, " A little knowledge is a dangerous thing " best wait for the result. If shadows are found on the lungs, it does not necessarily mean a serious condition is to blame, notes About.com. A quick google gave me numerous possibilities from to (:O) to a simple infection to pneumonia, a clot, fluid, a mass (not nessisarily cancer, could be just a mass) and many other things. 20 week ultrasound scan, with a shadow found on the lung If you're a new mum getting to grips with motherhood, chat here while you find your feet. The whole reason he had scan at all is as they suspect skeletal TB so I am hoping it's that. If you’d like to join in, please sign in or register. After weeks of scans and extreme worry it turned out to be benign. Shadow in baby's lung during pregnancy. The NetDoctor Medical Team. Aortic aneurysm (an enlargement of the aorta as it leaves the heart or begins to descend through the chest) can cause a shadow on chest X-rays. The first time was a lung … Unfortunately for everyone, it does take weeks and as the prospective patient or relative it does drag you down mentally and physically. Also when reporting an x-ray the word 'shadow' is seldom used. Lung cancer and a collapsed lung also create a shadow effect on the lungs. Please let us know how things go for your Mum, i hope and pray that it all works out for you both. At least if she and your Dad are together then they can support each other. I am in pretty much the same situation as your Mum at the moment except that i am a bit younger and am slightly further along the line than your Mum is with regards to, i have had the PET scan and i have my next appointment to see the lung specialist in 10 days time to discuss what those results were and what happens next ... if anything. Anyone had similar experience, my mum has an urgent referral to hospital yesterday for an X-ray due to a decline over many months, weight loss (bmi 14) extreme fatigue, chronic cough and overall unwell feeling. are all shadows on the lungs... View answer. She has resigned herself to the decision that she believes she now has lung cancer due to the 3 stone weight loss in under a year and a chronic cough that won’t go away, her constant lethargy and a pain in her shoulder (the same side as the shadow), I just hope to god it all turns out to be something less severe, but I think I am ready to deal with what comes our way, only awful thing is that it could be weeks yet. Hoping they don't keep you waiting too long for the results, and it turns out to be harmless and nothing to worry about. You can see by reading the new posts on this site every day  just how widespread this disease is and while we wish we could get all the different departments to hurry their 'rses up with our results, sadly they can't because there are just not enough trained professionals to decipher and read those results. * To protect your identity do not use your full name. In each case early research (thank goodness for the internet and forums) convinced me outcomes are unlikely to be as dire as your initial reactions dictate. I'm not sure whether it means a deffinate cancer, I would advise you stay as positive as possible. Please note, this area is for people to support one another and is not intended to substitute professional health advice. Things have moved on enormously since then so i still have some hope that i am clinging on to and we all need hope. My GP agreed with me that it was probably cancer. Please keep me updated Nicky, it's all new for both of us and i genuinly am interested to hear how your Mum gets on because we are at similar stages. Will try and message you on private bit x. Sorry got to ask.....how big are your nipples to cause a shadow worthy of concern?!? An enlarged prostate and chest medication 'Bullae' ©2020 Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. a shadow can just indicate a previous chest infection. Shadow on my lung. Slightly off topic but where has your Mum gone ? Lung cancer may appear as a shadow with or without a well-defined nodule or mass. Public Forum Discussions. Others make the lungs stiff and less elastic so it’s harder for them to expand and fill with air. My mum is still smoking but trying hard to quit, she did give up a few times but we lost my only sibling, my brother 3 years ago, aged 39 so she started again xx. I hope that the shadow in your father's lung proves to be easily treatable. Shadow on lung If you're dealing with cancer or another life-threatening illness, or someone close to you is, chat to others going thorough the same thing. See a GP if you have symptoms of lung cancer, such as breathlessness or a persistent cough.. I sincerely hope that for your Mum and myself and all of the people who are worried that it does turn out to be something less serious. The X-ray showed up a shadow so she then went for a CT scan today, that came back as a cavity which needs further investigation, so she has now been fast tracked for a PET scan, I’m really really worried, hers bloods came back fine and CT scan shows no theft areas of body with anything to worry about, please someone tell me I’m worrying unnecessarily, I have to add she does still smoke and has done for almost 50 years. And don't worry about repeating yourself, you are scared and feel lost, confused and alone, i am too but i feel less alone in the few weeks i have been here. What's next for the Online Community? Site updates. ... Hi my friend has just been told that her dad has a shadow on the lung and he has to go for a biopsy. Head & Neck Cancer Group - Discussion Forum Shadow on lung. on her lungs and they wanted to do a scan. Lung cancer forum. Lung Cancer Group - Discussion Forum Shadow on lung. Tuberculosis is another possibility, but as bazaar1 has said, unfortunately they'll have to wait for the CT scan - even the doctors don't know yet. Actually i'm not an ex smoker , i still smoke but i have quit in the past  but never for any more than a few months, i always went back to them. The ratio of trained staff to patients must be virtually non existent. So sorry to hear how things are for you and your Mum at the moment @Nikkiniks ‍ I will tell you not to worry but i know you will anyway, it seems to be in our nature to do so. A shadow was found on my lung five years ago after an x Ray and then act scan and it was diagnosed as bronchiecstasis. I speak as one who has had lung cancer (yes, some of us do survive). You'll be able to make new mum friends and get support and advice from parents going through exactly the same as you. Welcome to the Digital Spy forums. Yours sincerely. What could this be? What a journey. 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