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is shortness of breath, severe a symptom of lung cancer

A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many causes, including heart disease,lung disease, clot in the lung, and anemia. it does not necessarily indicate lung c ... Read More

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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 years experience Medical Oncology
Sick like how?: That is a good question but not easy to answer. I have seen patients (a lucky few) whose cancer is found incidentally, without symptoms. Others show ... Read More
Dr. Anita Prakash
29 years experience Cardiology
Variable: Lung cancer comes in many forms -- by that I mean virulence, histologic type and varied involvement. An individual can be asymptomatic for a very long ... Read More
Dr. Mark Lubienski
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Other causes: Shortness of breath would often be a very late symptom of lung cancer itself. Usually it may be due to underlying lung disease like emphysema or cardi ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Rego
Dr. Mark Rego answered
36 years experience Psychiatry
Call your Dr!: I do not know your age or other important things about your history but chest pain is almost always a reason to call your regular medical doctor at le ... Read More
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Unlikely,due to your: age.Does any movement make it worse?this would suggest a musculoskeletal origin.Pleuritic chest pain is worse with deep breaths and caused by lung irr ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Radiologist: A radiologist would know the statistics of the sensitivity and specificity of that type of imaging. I would expect it to be unlikely that such an imag ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Not cancer: You're making a big mistake by reading cancer symptoms and concluding you might have it. Every symptom caused by any cancer -- lung or anywhere else - ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Madonna
21 years experience Family Medicine
Breathing Problem: Lung Cancer is incredibly rare in 16 year olds. That said, you should see your doctor for evaluation of your respiratory symptoms.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
May or may not: Shortness of breath may be explained by metastatic spread, but most of the time is related to conditions related to the cancer, such as clots in the l ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Erdmann
30 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not cancer: Most of the time, sharp pain under the scapula is not related to cancer. It might be due to rib pain or something else, like a pinched nerve in the n ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Sure: Many lung conditions can cause shortness of breath, for example asthma, reactive airway disease, bronchitis, various respiratory infections, pneumonia ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
You mention in: The profile, you have copd. Do you still smoke? The size of the nodules are important, as whether they have calcification. Ultimately, you may nee ... Read More

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