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Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport ?

Can a lung cancer patient be active in a competitive sport ?

Depends: The level of physical activity will depend on the general health and pulmonary function. If the person is otherwise healthy, there is no reason to curtail activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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In a patient who has a very fast growing/high metabolic activity cancer, how small a tumor can be detected on a high-res pet scan?

In a patient who has a very fast growing/high metabolic activity cancer, how small a tumor can be detected on a high-res pet scan?

1-2 centimeters: The sensitivity of pet scanning (in combination with ct) is dependent on the origin and metabolic activity of the cancer and the part of the body that is being scanned. In general, most 2 cm cancers will be identified; as many as 1/3 of all cancers less than 1cm may be missed. ...Read more

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Hi, can someone with multiple sclerosis (& also in a wheelchair) have a breast reduction or would this be foolish?

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can someone with multiple sclerosis (& also in a wheelchair) have a breast reduction or would this be foolish?

Yes, but...: Assuming the multiple sclerosis is under optimal control and you have received “clearance” from your neurologist, you may be an excellent candidate for breast reduction surgery; this operation tends to be very patient pleasing. Preoperative communication between your neurologist, surgeon, and anesthesiologist will be helpful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Can a lung cancer patient still jog or run?

Depends: The level of physical activity of any person depends on the functions of heart, lungs, muscles and nerves. As long as those are intact an early, small lung cancer by itself would not limit activity. ...Read more

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In what condition would a person's lungs be in after 10 years of smoking?

In what condition would a person's lungs be in after 10 years of smoking?

Good, Bad, or Ugly: Is asking if such lungs will remind us of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... after 10 years of intentionally inhaling the smoke... such lungs with be both Bad and Ugly. However, there is hope in life. Never smoke anything again, from this moment onward. That may mean avoiding people who smoke, and may mean avoiding other forms of tobacco, avoiding vaping, and avoiding other addictive substances. ...Read more

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Is a heart murmur patient fit enough to participate in physically demanding sports such as boxing?

Is a heart murmur patient fit enough to participate in physically demanding sports such as boxing?

Maybe: Yes if the heart murmer is an innocent or functional sound. If it is caused by a heart defectmaybe not. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. ...Read more

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Why is the gas transfer factor be low in a person who had interstitial lung disease?

Why is  the gas transfer factor be low in a person who had interstitial lung disease?

Loss of lung: Interstitial lung disease destroys lung units thereby impairing gas transfer as determined by dlco pulmonary test. In this disease the area in the lung where gas transfer occurs (o2 foe co2) is progressively destroyed. ...Read more

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When a person has copd, will living in a less humid area be more beneficial?

When a person has copd, will living in a less humid area be more beneficial?

Yes and no: Moisture in necessary to reduce the tenacity of mucus in the lungs. This is often the reason a nebulizer without medication is used to make the mucus more "watery". A dry climate may offer other benefits by way of reducing exacerbations caused by environmental particles, etc. Of course indivdual responses will vary. ...Read more

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Does a lung carcinoid have to be a certain size before t.Surgeons can operate?

Does a lung carcinoid have to be a certain size before t.Surgeons can operate?

Yes and no: How the surgeon finds and removes the nodule depends if the can feel it. What the surgeon typically does is deflate the lung and feels for the tumor. If they can feel it, then they try and remove it. Tumors less than a centimeter are hard to detect. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can someone who is permanently in a wheelchair be sexually active?

Can someone who is permanently in a wheelchair be sexually active?

Yes: Sexual activity is available to those in wheelchairs. Talk to your doctor who can help you with the details. Do not be embarrassed to speak to your doctor about this. Most doctors that i know want to help. ...Read more

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Is oncoloogy a career that can be found in any city?

Is oncoloogy a career that can be found in any city?

If you were in: a small city without a hospital - it is possible that there might not be an oncologist in the vicinity. But, for the most part the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?

Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?

Full Blown AIDS: Unfortunately yes, with both infections and if not properly treated or if your strain of HIV is resistant, you can progress to bull blown AIDS in a short period of time. Do you have a specialist? Here is a link to the mobile clinic in Houston Schedule http://www.houstontx.gov/health/hiv-mobile-clinic And another link for HIV Advocacy http://www.centerforaids.org/ ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of being able to lift weights and play competitive sports after a first rib resection for thoracic syndrome?

What is the likelihood of being able to lift weights and play competitive sports after a first rib resection for thoracic syndrome?

Thoracic outlet: You should be able to do this. Not know the extent of the surgery it is tough to answer but speak with your surgeon Presumably it should make you upper extremity better with more range of motion. ...Read more

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Can a smoker be the recipient of a lung donation?

Can a smoker be the recipient of a lung donation?

Yes: Many smokers have developed chronic obstructive lung disease as the cause of their lung failure. It would be important that the smoking has stopped. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be in a sport while in physical therapy? I'm in cheerleading and i'm in pt for my knees.

Is it safe to be in a sport while in physical therapy? I'm in cheerleading and i'm in pt for my knees.

Check w/ PT and doc: You may be cleared to do certain sports or to do part of sports. You should definitely check in with your physical therapist and doctor to let them know your concerns and try to work out a way of returning to do the activities you love. ...Read more

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Can. Ptsd be a lifelong consequence of rape and bullying in infant school? An how should it be treated in later years, i.E. Ones sixties? Thank you.

Can. Ptsd be a lifelong consequence of rape and bullying in infant school? An how should it be treated in later years, i.E. Ones sixties? Thank you.

Yes it can: Some people are able to suppress their symptoms and suffering for many years before coming to treatment. I have treated people in their 60's whose histories of abuse, bullying, rape, etc occurred much earlier in their lives. Psychotherapies such as cognitive processing, emdr, and somatic experiencing can be very effective, along with medications as needed. Homeopathy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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Can continuing smokers be allowed to have a heart or lung transplant?

Can continuing smokers be allowed to have a heart or lung transplant?

Depends: The amount of wealth and the insurance. Usually a contraindication because mortality is increased and transplant programs have to meet certain goals, such as 80% after 2 years. However, steve jobs got a liver transplant for pancreatic cancer with liver mets. There are many docs trained in smoking cessation. Take their advice and treatment. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more