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A 61-year-old male asked:

Does lung cancer always effect oxygen levels.

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
No.: Lung cancer only affects oxygen levels when the disease is advanced. You are born with lots of "extra" lung so that the disease has to be advanced, erode a major vessel or obstruct a major airway before you see breathing symptoms.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if oxygen saturation level is low in a lung cancer patient?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends on the de: It means there is less than normal oxygen level in the blood. If the lungs are diseased, oxygen transfer from the breathed air to the blood is impaired. Normally o2 saturation is between 95% to 100%. Anything lower than 90% saturation requires oxygen supplementation.

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Last updated Mar 12, 2020

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