kimblanchard Posted March 14, 2005 Share Posted March 14, 2005 Haven't posted in awhile since dad is just waiting to get new scans (i think someone called it scanititis ) Anyway, that isn't until after Easter. So, dad has been battling what he thought was a cold for a little over a week. Things are a little more murky when you are also a laryngectomy. Anyway, he started giving himself some breathing treatments (steroids) and took some mucinex and he still didn't think it was breaking things up enough. Then he started running a low grade fever this weekend. He called his oncology nurse at Hopkins and she told him that since it was a chance that it could be radiation pneumonitis and that he should go to the doctor. I did some searching on the boards here and it seems everyone was diagnosed with RP by their pulmonologist. My dad elected to see his radiation oncologist down here who he has a good relationship with. Of course the radiation onc said that there was no way it could be radiation pneumonitis since that doesn't show up for months and he finished radiation on February 17th. He said that his good lung (the one that hasn't shown any cancer as of yet) was congested but his lung cancer lung sounded ok. So he prescribed an antibiotic for 5 days. Any thoughts? He doesn't want to hear my research, it freaks him out so I mentioned it to my mom and told her that if it doesn't clear up after he is done with the antibiotic to get another opinion. I don't want to assume something if it isn't true and I truly hope it is only an infection but after reading other people's experiences of being diagnosed with this soon after radiation was completed, it makes me nervous. Does anyone know if waiting the 5 days is too risky? Sorry about the rambling.......... Tammy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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