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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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Can lung cancer be missed on an x-ray?

Can lung cancer be missed on an x-ray?

Yes it can: Sensitivity and specificity of chest x-ray to diagnose lung nodule/cancer are not perfect. Small nodules can be easily missed on chest x-ray. Ct scan will be more sensitive-compared to chest x-ray - in picking up small nodules. ...Read more

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Does a sternum X-ray rule out lung cancer?

Does a sternum X-ray rule out lung cancer?

No: This x-ray is too limited. We have proven a ct of the chest is very helpful in screening for hi risk people though you don't fit age (55 to 74 who smoked > pack of cig/day for >30 ys and who are still smoking or who <15 yrs ago). Smoking volume history, infections and other factors should be considered before scans. With suspicion your primary md may still start with a chest xray before ct. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer " mass" look like on an xray?

What does lung cancer " mass" look like on an xray?

Density: The tumor is dense so it blocks x-rays and shows up as a white circular mass on x-ray. ...Read more

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If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

It might--or not: Advanced lung cancer would show on x-ray. Earlier cancers are better seen with ct scans. If you have been a heavy smoker for 15 or more years, your risk is certainly much higher of a cancer than a non-smoker. Non-smoking related cancers occur, but usually in much older individuals. ...Read more

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Which type of specialist can test me for small cell lung cancer (the types of lung malignancy that cannot be seen on xray)?

Which type of specialist can test me for small cell lung cancer (the types of lung malignancy that cannot be seen on xray)?

Pulmonary: If you have some cause or reason, symptoms that would in any way cause concern for a possible lung cancer, than a lung specialist (pulmonary dr.) would be able to diagnose a you accordingly, which may include a history and physical examination, possible testing including labs, x-rays, and possible diagnostic bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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General discomfort in left lung, random sharp pain, had X-ray nothing there but that was 1-2 months ago, I'm 17, don't smoke, worried it's lung cancer?

Cancer unlikely: It is highly unlikely that you have lung cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. ...Read more

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Had lung cancer been missed with my dad?

No way: ...we can answer your question. You provide no information. You should discuss the situation with his treating doctor to address your concerns. ...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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more