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A 54-year-old female asked:

is pneuomonia a symptom of lung cancer?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Sometimes: Some lung cancers cause obstruction of the air passage with atelectasis=collapse and pneumonia as a result. If pneumonia does not resolve with usual treatment, ct scan and followup ct may be indicated to uncover a sneaky cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Lung cancer : Can arise in a bronchus, block it, cause pneumonia that either does not clear, or clears slowly. Thereby, indicating need for a bronchoscopy. A pneumonia may also not clear if treated with the wrong antibiotic for the causative agent of the pneumonia.
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Medical Oncology 8 years experience
See below: Pneumonia can happen in the setting of underlying cancer. But not all pneumonia is related to cancer. Often becomes hard to identify cancer on scans with pneumonia; you will need follow up scans after the pneumonia resolves to see if a biopsy is required;.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes.
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Can hearing be affected by lung cancer?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Chemotherapy: Usually the lung cancer itself does not affect hearing. However, platinum based chemotherapy (ie cisplatinum) can cause hearing loss which can be temporary or even permanent.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the correlation between smoking and dying of lung cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
High: Smoking is clearly recognized as a risk factor for lung cancer. While not all smokers get lung cancer, smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for metastatic lung cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Usually Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the mainstay for treatment and depending on factors such as age, cancer subtype, performance level, etc. The type of chemotherapy is decided by your oncologist. Cure is not possible but survival can be prolonged. Radiation is used for certain situations (pain, bleeding, cancer spread to brain, etc). Enrolling on clinical trials for patients is encouraged.
A 20-year-old male asked:

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer ? I mean is it possible at such a young age ?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not much: Cancer of lung at the age of 20 is very rare. If you are afraid of getting lung cancer don't smoke , don't get exposed to toxic chemicals including second hand smoke , have clean habits, then you will reduce the incidence in later years of your life. Who knows 30 yrs from now when you are 50 there may be even cure good luck in your life.

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