worried about lung cancer


hello, I'm a 38-year-old man who has had chest pains for the last 2 years, but in the last year pains appeared in my left shoulder, which have subsided. Now I have chest pains and I can't breathe deeply, I don't cough, I haven't lost weight in the last year I did 6 chest x-rays, scales detected pulmonary sequelae from tuberculosis that I had 15 years ago plus spirometry that detected a mild restrictive syndrome but currently I have permanent chest pains and it's like I can't breathe deeply I also did cardiological investigations that except the heart, I don't know what else to do


JanineT GRACE …
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GRACE Community Outreach Team

Hi Peter,

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time finding out why you're having these symptoms.  I don't know how to help except to say continue to see doctors and communicate a complete picture including how it felt and now feels.  Maybe seek out a consult with a pulmonologist who specializes in tb and/or a cardiologist.

Once lung cancer causes pain in the chest it's pushing on or invading another structure.  The process without intervention from pain to death is weeks or months not years.  An xray isn't likely to completely miss something like that. 

I hope you find answers.  Take care,


I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.