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Can A Doctor Misdiagnosed You With Lung Cancer
Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop. ...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
Lung Cancer: Evaluation most commonly includes anatomic imaging (xray, chest CT); tissue sampling (bronch, percutaneous biopsy, surgical resection); and staging (PET/CT, Brain MRI). In addition to this medistinoscopy (surgical eval of medistinal lymph nodes) may be necessary. A team approach between surgeon, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologist, and radiologist should be optimally considered. ...Read more
Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more
Not a lot: 15% of smokers (>100 total cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. If you smoke 4 cigarettes per day, that is >1200 cigarettes a year! 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. Both direct and secondhand smoking of tobacco (and marijuana) are unsafe. Additionally, numerous other diseases and cancers are related to smoking. Don't smoke and markedly increase your odds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: That really depends on the stage of lung cancer. If it is early stage and it is treated, it can potentially be cured, and you can do lots of things...Live a normal life (with close and regular follow up). If it is more advanced, however, it may limit what you can do. But, again, it all depends on many factors. You need to be seen and regularly followed by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends.: Lung cancer typically has no obvious symptoms. Thats why so difficult to diagnose early. If already diagnosed then some symptoms depending on location and size may be cough/shortness of breath/weight loss/blood clot/abnormal chest xray. Rarelly coughing blood up. Stage 2 now has a much better prognosis. ...Read more
My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone,doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? or is the damage
Below: I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer. But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others. Condolences and best wishes ...Read more
Adjunct only: Don't forego surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or evidence-based palliative care if they are indicated for lung cancer. An ethical homeopath will tell you the same. Much of the magic in homeopathy is in the relationship with the practitioner. If you are interested in this fascinating area, find a practitioner who's considered ethical by the mainstream medical community. ...Read more
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