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Advanced Lung Cancer Very High White Cell Count
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Varies: If you are getting active chemotherapy- your hemoglobin and white blood cells would be affected by the therapy and may go down low-requiring either treatment, transfusion or a short break from treatment. If your cancer has spread to the bone marrow- your blood counts may be affected. Otherwise, yiur hemoglobin/wbc would vary- from normal, low or high depending on your other medical problems. ...Read more
I need to take 3 injections of nupogen to boost up my white blood cell count.......I have lung cancer...I finished my radiation and today?
Talk: Talk to your oncologist about your response to therapy and what other options are available. ...Read more
What kind of food is good for high protein for small cell cancer patient taking kemo has small cell lung cancer just diagonsed smokes?
I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?
Low sodium&fatigue&muscle loss 1year. CT scan was clear in feb16.testosterone low cortisol high. Could this be small cell lung cancer missed by CT?
Lo Na, testosterone: CT scan is fairly accurate.Testosterone can be low with age. Liver issues can cause low sodium low testosterone muscle wasting and fatigue. The fatigue can be from the low sodium. Cortisol may appear high due to low protein binding. Kidney disease can also affect sodium balance., as can thyroid disease. Drinking too much pure water is also a cause as is dehydration-Would f/u/ w/ endocrinology ...Read more
I have a high CRP range (30.0) and a high white cell count. I have been having sharp aching pains through my chest what can this be?
Can be anything: From muscle spasm to pneumonia, pleurisy, angina, and may be not related to the high CRP and white cell count which denote an infection somewhere. You need a comprehensive medical evaluation, the sketchy picture you provided doesn't help, please see your doctor for full history and physical examination, good luck ...Read more
Not enough space: Let's see: most common category of lung cancer, often but not always tobacco related, treated with surgery if possible but radiation and chemo are often used as well. I suggest you visit the national cancer institute website. It's has good info regarding all kinds of cancers. ...Read more
No: That is a disorder of the GI system ...Read more
Not good: Stage 3b non-small-cell-lung cancer is a very heterogeneous group of patients and as such there is no unanimous hard data on survival, unlike the earlier stages. Some may benefit from chemo- and radiation therapy to shrink the tumor and be resected. My advice is to go to the most renowned lung cancer specialist that is available to you and hope for the best. ...Read more
There is no: Cogent role for cyberknife in sclc and it would be a misuse of that expensive technology. Chemotherapy is the standard for limited or extensive disease, thoracic radiotherapy with linac is standard in disease confined to chest. All those warrant preventitive radiotherapy to the brain if the chest responds. ...Read more
Bipsy and imaging: The key to diadnosis is the biopsy. This can help determine the subtype which will help guide the course of treatment. Beyond that, the imaging with ct, ct/pet, and MRI will help determine the stage of the cancer. The combination of the stage and the subtype of the cancer will help with treatment decisions as well as prognosis. ...Read more
Everything: Small cell lung cancer is almost completely different than non small cell- the only thing the same is that it is located on the lung and may give the same symptoms. They are different in molecular biology level, they look and behave differently. Small cell behaves more agressive- like systemic disease even from the first presentation; have different treatment and prognosis. D/w your oncologist. ...Read more
Different cell types: Lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more
Are p63 and ttf1 used to distinguish small cell lung cancer from non small cell lung cancer? Or are they used for more specific distinctions?
Small cell lung ca: In limited disease, tx would be combination chemo and radiation. In a very limited case, surgery can be done if size is very small, absolutely no spreading to any area/adjacent lymp glands etc. Prophylactic radiation to brain is recommended. In extensive disease, chemo will be the tx. Palliative radiation as needed. For chemo responder, prophylactic radiation to brain can increase survival. D/w md. ...Read more
Ecog ps (performance status) refers to the functional status of patients with cancer (any type, not just small cell). Ps 2 describes pts that " are ambulatory and capable of all selfcare but unable to carry out any work activities. Up and about more than 50% of waking hours"
ps scores are used to decide how intense of treatment cancer patients should undergo. ...Read more
Often cures: Surgery is the standard of care for stage I and ii lung cancer in the physically fit patient, and should be considered as an option in many patients with stage iiia. Often can be done minimally invasively thorascopically or with a robot. Recovery varies with the level of invasiveness. Lung surgery has best outcomes by a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more
There two main types of lung cancer, small cell and non-small cell. Squamous cell is one type of non-small cell lung cancer, so that leaves a large variety. See these sites for more info.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038. ...Read more
Robot or VATS: Optimal lung cancer surgery, in appropriate candidates, is anatomic lobectomy (part of lung) or pneumonectomy (whole lung). Complete lymph node sample or dissection is integral part of case. Traditional centers use thoracotomy as primary approach. Modern minimally invasive approaches include vats and robotic techniques. Optimal lung cancer treatment is by comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. ...Read more
See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is extensive stage then chemotherapy is the main stay of treatment (though in some situations palliative radiation can be considered). ...Read more
Possible: 30-40% at 5 years depending on cell type, location. ...Read more
Depends on stage: Lower stage non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc) has better survival based on stage appropriate therapy than later stage tumors. The standard of care therapy for stage I and ii nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia chemoradiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone and stage iiib and IV chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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