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A 40-year-old member asked:

is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

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Dr. Hung Khong
Medical Oncology 27 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
Medical Oncology 8 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 29-year-old member asked:

Does smokeless tobacco carry a high risk of mouth cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer, at multiple sites in the body.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes chest pain when taking deep breaths and when swallowing food?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Several: You should not have chest pain when taking a deep breath or on swallowing. You better get checked.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have chest pain after running?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Not normal: Unusual to have CP after running, you may be short of breath. If you have this consistently you better get checked.
A member asked:

My sister just diagnosis with grade 3 endometrial cancer with clear cells why are clear cells so aggressive?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Various cell types: Endometrial cancer is characterized by stage and cell type. Clear cell is a description of the type of cells and simply behave in a more aggressive growth pattern than others.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
The clear cell doesn't make it more aggressive, but it is a description of the cell type. Endometrial or ovarian cancer when it is poorly differentiated (grade 3) has a more aggressive behavior, made more so when stage is include (extent of disease).
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A 52-year-old female asked:

Having pains to my ribs right side and sorness to touch?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Many things: Trauma is usually obvious, fracturing the ribs or bruising the soft tissue in the area. Inflammation can occur without trauma. If there is a rash and you had chicken pox in the past, it could be shingles (herpes zoster). Sometimes tumors will involve the ribs and lead to fracture and pain. If pain does not improve with over the counter medication and time or is severe, see your primary doctor.

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