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My friend is 16 and he told me he has lung cancer.he says it runs in his family and that surgery can fix it and does not need chemo. is this possible?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: It is not entirely impossible but highly unlikely. More probably, he has an inherited benign lung growth such as a neurofibroma. That can be fixed by surgery, or just watched if it does't trouble him, doesn't need chemo and does run in families.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. Also, patinets with high second hand smoke exposure may develop lung cancer as well. There is also growing evidence that lung cancer may run in some families independent of smoking. Surgery can be curative in early stage lung cancer.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
? pulmonary blastoma: Pleuropulmonary blastoma is a rare and highly aggressive pulmonary malignancy in children. There are familial incidences of this tumor, occurring occasionally in siblings and being inherited in certain families.Pulmonary blastoma is associated with other neoplasm(, pulmonary cysts, cystic nephromas, sarcomas, medulloblastomas, thyroid dysplasias and neoplasias, malignant germ cell tumors).

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