Russians during a pandemic are seriously concerned about their health. If earlier poor health and temperature often did not become the reason for going on sick leave, today it is quite possible. Due to coronavirus infection in humans, the lungs are primarily affected. But there are many other diseases that affect this organ, including cancer and pneumonia.
According to Sergei Groshev, the most common symptoms of lung cancer are dry cough, unexplained weight loss, development of general weakness due to anemia and tumor intoxication.
Pneumonia has similar symptoms: cough and signs of intoxication - for example, weakness, sleep disturbances, headaches, loss of appetite.
“However, pneumonia and lung cancer are difficult to confuse: the first develops quickly, acutely, the deterioration is noted within hours or days, at the same time, the dynamics of the malignant neoplasm is much slower, the patient's condition worsens over weeks, and sometimes years. With lung cancer, fever is very rare,”the doctor emphasized.
At the same time, there is a category of people for whom it is difficult to distinguish cancer from pneumonia. We are talking about debilitated patients: when pneumonia or neoplasm develops against the background of HIV infection or tuberculosis, in debilitated elderly patients. In such situations, diseases often proceed without acute manifestations.
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What's more, pneumonia can develop in people with lung cancer. If a lung cancer patient's condition suddenly worsens, the temperature rises, signs of intoxication intensify, then you need to call a doctor, and not blame everything on the tumor. In order to diagnose pneumonia, the patient needs to have a computed tomography scan.
“With regard to the link between lung cancer and pneumonia, the following can be noted: pneumonia, like any inflammatory disease, increases the risk of developing cancer. There is also an inverse relationship: a patient with a neoplasm may be weakened and, thus, more susceptible to the development of inflammatory and infectious diseases. Specific cancer treatment also makes its contribution, sometimes making the general condition of a person worse and increasing his risk of developing concomitant diseases,”concluded the doctor.
Lung cancer and pneumonia are diseases that have a connection, both inverse and direct. Therefore, it is very important to monitor your condition and consult a doctor if you feel unwell. It is much easier to cope with the disease or to alleviate its course when it is detected in the early stages. Otherwise, you can come to fatal consequences.