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My father has had a cough for around 4 months now. It doesn't happen while he's sleeping, and there is no discharge. So of course, I googled what could cause chronic coughs. The first result was throat cancer. I didn't think much of it as my father had no other symptoms.
Last month, his lymph nodes got swollen. Then I started to worry. Swollen lymph nodes were definitely a symptom of throat cancer. I urged my father to go to the doctor, which he did. The doctor thought it was just an infection, but once my father brought up the coughing, he was sent for a throat ultrasound. It came back clean, but then he was sent for a chest x-ray as well. Clean.
So the doctor prescribed my father some antibiotics as the lymph nodes were likely due to an infection, and the coughing was said to be due to allergies. Well, the doctor was right about the lymph nodes just being infected. They went down after a few days. However, my father is still coughing all the time. He has no other symptoms, but i'm still worried that the x-ray missed something. My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that spread to the bone last month even though she had a mammogram which missed the tumour. I'm now afraid that my father may have the same issue.
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