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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 28 years experience
Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality.
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 9 years experience
See below: Not necessarily; most often infiltrative findings on x rays are non cancerous. The need for follow up and further work up depends on the clinical scenario and needs to be decided by your doctor.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are some of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
Chest symptoms: Lung Cancer can present with varied chest symptoms like persistent cough, hoarseness, chest pain or shortness of breath. In many cases the symptoms may come due to metastases and these can go to Bones(causing pain in the bones) or spread to brain and this can present with a seizure or headaches.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the most common signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Cough: The most common symptom is cough, followed by shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss. Other findings would be related to metastatic disease, like headache, bone pain, etc.
A 31-year-old male asked:

What are the major early signs of lung cancer?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 40 years experience
Lung cancer: One of the challenges with lung cancer is that in early stages it causes no symptoms. Persistent cough, bloody sputum and a host of other symptoms might be present, but very non-specific. Best screening is CT-based testing, but that is expensive for general population. Reducing risk factors, especially smoking, are critical.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me which are the signs for stage 2 lung cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
No specific signs: The staging of lung cancer involves noninvasive imaging tests such as ct scans and pet/ct scans and invasive tests that biopsy areas suspected to have cancer. Stage ii lung cancers are cancers that have spread beyond the initial site of their origin or have grown large enough to invade adjacent structures. Stage ii cancers can present with identical symptoms as stage i or stage iii or IV cancers.

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