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Copd leads to lung cancer?

Copd leads to lung cancer?

Unlikely: While COPD does not cause lung cancer, the factors (smoking, for example) that cause COPD can also cause lung cancer. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Depends: Is the lung cancer also in the lingula sometimes the cancer plugs the airway and causes distal collapse(atelectasis) also pneumonia, cancer and atelectasis are part of COPD due to smoking. ...Read more

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Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read more

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Lung liver and bone cancer life expectancy?

Unclear question: Did you mean cancer with metastatic disease to lung, liver and bone? What is the primary cancer (from which organ the initial cancer cell originated)? Either way widely metastatic disease has poor dismal prognosis with short life expectancy - so its important to figure out whats the primary as different cancer usually respond to therapy differently. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer preventable?

Is lung cancer preventable?

Yes: The very best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke. Also from the time a smoker stops it can take up to 15 years for the lung cancer risk to go back down to that of a non-smoker! if you never start your risk of lung cancer will be low. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done. ...Read more

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Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Both cause: Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired something that might kill you. Big difference. ...Read more

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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

Sub type: Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing. , . ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath ...Etc. ...Read more

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Is non-small cell lung cancer often a non-smokers cancer?

Is non-small cell lung cancer often a non-smokers cancer?

Yes: There are several types of non-small cell lung cancer. Typically squamous cell is associated with smoking. Adenocarcinoma isn't usually related to smoking. ...Read more

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Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Is non-small lung cancer fatal?

Depends on stage: The long term prognosis of lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The stage (1-4) depends on the size of the tumor and whether it has spread outside of the lung to lymph nodes, the lining of the chest wall (pleura) or other organs (liver, brain, etc). Some of this information may be determined by x ray test (ct scan, pet scan) and some may require biopsies to determine. ...Read more

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Stage non small cell lung cancer in left lung hilum region and lymph node involvement.

Stage non small cell lung cancer in left lung hilum region and lymph node involvement.

Depends: In order to give exact stage need size of tumor also other wise answer is presumptive lacks accuracy. ...Read more

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Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Does lung caviation with pneumonia mean its lung cancer?

Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella), anaerobes, mycobacteria, fungi, pneumocystis. 2 septic emboli, bacterial or fungal. 3 wegener's granulomatosis or pulmonary infarction 4 infected bullae or cysts. 5 cancer: primary or secondary. Clearly, your doctor will help sort these out. ...Read more

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What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

What is small cell carcinoma lung cancer with liver cancer stage 4?

Bad situation: Small cell is a very bad cancer. Stage four is very advanced. Very poor prognosis at best-- usually months only. ...Read more

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Can cancer result from breathing in lung cancer cells?

Can cancer result from breathing in lung cancer cells?

No: Your body's immune system will handle foreign cells, so people do not transmit cancer person to person. You can get cancer from breathing in toxins, but that is not transferred from person to person either. ...Read more

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Can mesothelioma lead to lung cancer?

Can mesothelioma lead to lung cancer?

Yes: Mesothelioma is actually a type of cancer; this cancer affects the lining of the lung and can be very difficult to treat. It usually occurs in smokers who have had asbestos exposure; sometimes the asbestos exposure may have occurred many years ago. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable. Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Stage dependent: Odds of surviving lung cancer depend upon the stage (extent/spread) of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. A small tumor that is confined to the lung and has not spread to lymph nodes (stage 1) may be completely cured. An advanced tumor that is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (such as brain/liver/adrenal glands) will be treated but will be challenging to completely cure. ...Read more

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What are some causes of lung cancer?

What are some causes of lung cancer?

Risk factors: Lung cancer is most commonly a long process of years in which the lungs are exposed to damaging substances/"carcinogens". The biggest/best known is smoking. This link may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

Many, varied: The common symptoms are cough, chest pain, shortness of breath and weight loss. Sometimes the symptoms are due to metastases(spread tumor). In that case you may have bone pains or headaches due to tumor spread to the Bones and brain respectively. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Depends on stage...: The best predictor of surviving lung cancer is the stage or extent of the disease at diagnosis. If the cancer is small and has not spread out of the lungs, then much better odds of survival. If the cancer is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (like liver, adrenals, or brain), then long term survival is less likely. ...Read more

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What can we expect from lung cancer?

What can we expect from lung cancer?

From nothing: To terminal. Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent. Cough hemoptysis- coughing blood pain in apex or chest wall shortness of breath. Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes, to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...Read more

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How to know if you have lung cancer?

How to know if you have lung cancer?

CT scan and biopsy: you would need to get imaging study like CT scan of the chest and biopsy if there is mass on the lung to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What increases risk for lung cancer.?

What increases risk for lung cancer.?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

It depends: on the extent, location, and type of lung cancer. There may be no symptoms with a small tumor. With more extensive involvement, there may be constitutional symptoms such as weight loss. There are numerous non metastatic potential disorders(paraneoplastic syndromes). There may be cough, chest pain, or hemoptysis depending on the local extent. ...Read more

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Are there any symptoms of lung cancer?

Are there any symptoms of lung cancer?

May be!: Lung cancer may be without symptoms initially. As it advances, the symptoms may range from blood in sputum with-cough to shortness of breath to chest pain. ...Read more

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How to tell that you have lung cancer?

How to tell that you have lung cancer?

Multiple symptoms: Some people do not know and a small tumor is found on x ray. People with lung cancer can vary most will develop a cough possibly with blood, some will loose weight develop infections of the lung and feel weak even short of breath. At times one can have recurrent pneumonias to find a small tumor mixed into the pneumonia. THe diagnosis is made by biopsy ...Read more

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Is pneuomonia a symptom of lung cancer?

Is pneuomonia a symptom of lung cancer?

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. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have lung cancer?

How could i tell if I have lung cancer?

Often limited: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms may include persistent cough, bloody cough, pain, short of breath. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. ...Read more

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How likely is survival from lung cancer?

How likely is survival from lung cancer?

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

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In what ways can lung cancer be treated?

Several: Possible treatments for lung cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, radiofrequency ablation, conventional chemotherapy, targeted molecular biological therapies, and others. The main determinants of the "best" therapy for a given patient are the stage (extent) of the cancer and the patients underlying health and lung function status. Smoking cessation is very important. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Are there different types of lung cancer?

Multiple: There are multiple types of lung cancers based on cells that cancer originates from. Two broad categories are small cell which tends to be more systemic, and non-small cell that tends to be more localized in the lung to start. There are different variants within these categories. Also many lung lesions are actually from cancers elsewhere in body. Metastatic disease. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Lung (Definition)

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


Lung (Definition)

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