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Bronchogenic Carcinoma In Children
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
That is another name for lung cancer. There are many types of lung cancer, including squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, small cell carcinoma, and metastatic carcinoma (spread from other areas of the body). There are many things that increase risk, especially smoking.
Here is a website you can explore.
http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/cancercauses/index ...Read more
Cough, blood in: Sputum. Smoking is the major cause of brochogenic cancer. The symptoms include cough, blood in sputum. With advancing disease patient may develop pneumonia due to obstruction of the bronchus, causing fever, shortness of breath. Later the person experiences weakness, weight loss, bone pain, seizures etc. ...Read more
Widely varied: Most lung cancer causes no symptoms. Symptomatic cancer is less likely to be curable. Symptoms include; cough (with or without blood), chest pain, shortness of breath. To make it more confusing, the vast majority of people with these symptoms don"t have cancer. Rarely symptoms come from when the tumor produces a hormone that causes symptoms, or antibodies against the tumor cause symptoms. ...Read more
Most lung cancers arise from the lining of the bronchial tree and are called bronchogenic carcinomas. See this site for general information.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038. ...Read more
Smoking exposure is the biggest risk. Even second hand smoke.
Also radon in homes, asbestos, and various chemical exposures can cause lung and other cancers. There is of course underlying genetic disposition and that's why there are people who have smoked a lifetime but did not get lung cancer. But even these people shortened their lifespan because of all the problems like heart disease. ...Read more
Home Treatment: For lung cancer is not an idea I can support, condone, or help you with. It's difficult to manage with a sophisticated team. The kind (bronchoalveolar to small cell), pace, travel potential, and potential cure versus staying home might be the right thing, needs to be worked out by folks that wil listen to you, but know what they are talking about. Home alone is like in the woods with grizzlies! ...Read more
Tough: The treatment of lung cancer can involve surgery, chemo, and/or radiation therapy and will almost certainly be a tough, emotionally and physically challenging road. Talk to your doctor about what your treatment will entail and what to expect. You and your fiance might also look into support groups for both of you. ...Read more
What are you asking: What information are you seeking? Lung cancer is treated with surgery, and/or radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Nursing and non-medical interventions may be used for palliation of symptoms while going through treatment, or so-called "comfort care" when a person does not want, or will not benefit from direct treatment of the cancer. ...Read more
That is a vague?: Are you a nurse? Do you deal with oncology nursing? Please give us some background which may better help us to address your question. ...Read more
She has options: Discuss with her oncologist the extent of her lung cancer and the type and stage. The oncologist will tell you the options available to your mom for her condition and age. Depending on stage and what she is a candidate for, she will have options of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy available. Though sometimes the disease can be far advanced and cause symptoms, there are options. ...Read more
Prognosis: Unfortunately to present with a new lung cancer with brain metastasis generally carries a poor prognosis with median survival generally measured in few months. Survival prediction is always difficult and has a lot to do with 'performance status', ie how well a patient is carrying on with activities of daily living. Specific cell type, size of tumor, extent of metastasis in brain and elsewhere. ...Read more
If there is a single brain lesion and the lung primary is small, surgery then possible chemo and radiation could lead to a good outcome.
Unfortunately that is usually not the story. Many patients have large lung tumors and several brain lesions. In that case we try to palliate symptoms and get some survival improvement, but that is often measured in months. ...Read more
Surgery/Chemo/XRT: Depending on the stage, bronchogenic carcinoma can be treated several ways. Early stage disease in patients suitable for surgery may be treated with surgery alone. Advanced non metastatic patients are usually treated with combination chemotherapy and radiation. Patients unsuitable for surgery due to other illness, but still early stage may be treated with stereotactic ablative body radiation. ...Read more
Very rarely: Squamous cell carcinomas are uncommon in children. When diagnosed in young individuals, there is usually a predisposing factor like immunosuppression (transplant patients), previous exposure to radiation or chemotherapy, or human papilloma virus infection. Squamous cell cancers of the skin usually takes years of ultraviolet light exposure before appearing at an average age of 65. ...Read more
General work-up.: A general physical exam with standard blood work is the first thing in any such visit, for any possible concern. Usually if there is anything going on, there will be symptoms already to focus on. Anything serous should show up on physical exam and blood work, which would direct the way toward special tests/procedures to rule out or confirm a diagnosis. ...Read more
This is not a likely scenario. Pancreatic cancer is extremely rare, . 45 incidence in a million! In 20 years of caring for children including a residency in a top Pediatric Children's Hospital Cancer Center, I have never seen it.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/HealthProfessional/page4#_62_toc ...Read more