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Can I donate a lung to a family member who needs it?

Can I donate a lung to a family member who needs it?

Yes, but: Yes with a large caveat attached. You must be an exact match, and you must be healthy enough to live on one lung and survive thoracic surgery. Not every transplant program will offer live donation as a possibility, so you need to both talk to your own doctor about your health and then undergo a full battery of tests prior to donation. ...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


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What's a way to donate my lungs to a family member?

What's a way to donate my lungs to a family member?

Transplant center: If you want to do this, you need to talk to a lung transplant specialist. I would recommend calling the nearest medical center that does transplant and inquires about. Lung donation must be rare as i don't hear about it alot. It seems that lung donation requires to donors, one for each side for the recipient. ...Read more

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A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung. Can vats procedure be used to remove this?

A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung.  Can vats procedure be used to remove this?

Potentially: Depending on location, quite possibly. Vats and robotic techniques can be used for numerous thoracic surgical procedures and varying types of lung resections. ...Read more

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Hi. One of my family member has lung cancer third stage b. Can this be curable?

Hi. One of my family member has lung cancer third stage b. Can this be curable?

Yes: It's important to know what type: non-small cell or small cell. Based on the staging you mentioned, it seems likely non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc). Stage iiib nsclc is best managed with chemotherapy and radiation. Prognosis is based on performance status, weight loss, age, as well as stage. 5 year survival approx 25% with concurrent chemotherapy and radiation. Hope that helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Family member has lung cancer vomitting green? What does that mean? At stage 3 possible 4?

Family member has lung cancer vomitting green? What does that mean? At stage 3 possible 4?

Can't say: One cannot determine the stage of cancer based on symptoms (such as vomiting). The scans (ct, mri) and biopsies help determine the stage ; grade of tumors. ...Read more

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What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

Prognosis: The best predictor of how a patient will do is how they are doing physically. Watch for physical decline in ability to care for themself. Get hospice involved earlier rather than later to build trust with team. ...Read more

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One of my family member 33yrs male has suffered from lung disease.can my babies stem cell helps to cure this disease..he is on O2 therapy at d moment.

Not at the moment: Thanks for your good heart, the technology isn't ready yet, for whatever pathology your relative suffers from, probably lung transplant would be the treatment for his case, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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A family member has lung ,throat,brain cancer.how long does a person live for?

A family member has lung ,throat,brain cancer.how long does a person live for?

Variable: I'm sorry to hear about your family members health and wish that all goes as best as possible. But in terms of prognosis life span wise, this is impossible to predict without any specifics about the pathology of the cancer, the spread of the cancer, treatment failures/success, other ailments in addition to cancer, etc. Seek input from your family members oncologist. ...Read more

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My chest is hurting after the loss of a family member. Is this emotional pain or physical?

My chest is hurting after the loss of a family member. Is this emotional pain or physical?

Possibly: It is not probable, but it is possible to have cardiac chest discomfort after severe emotional stress. Stress cardiomyopathy is well described and sometimes called "broken heart syndrome". If symptoms persist, it would be worthwhile to get checked out by your doc. ...Read more

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Conversated numerous times with a family member who is diagnosed with TB(not sure if taking medication).I am pregnant with slight cough.no fever,weird feeling in chest area.Please advise.

Conversated numerous times with a family member who is diagnosed with TB(not sure if taking medication).I am pregnant with slight cough.no fever,weird feeling in chest area.Please advise.

If you have: repeated close contact with someone who has active TB (who may or maynot be taking meds) recommend that you be assessed. I would hope that you already have been assessed depending on how long that relative has had tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Several of my family members have cancer of colon, prostate, also lung. I was diagnosed withfibrocystic breast disease. Would I be a high risk?

Several of my family  members  have cancer of colon, prostate, also lung. I was diagnosed withfibrocystic breast disease. Would  I be a high risk?

No: Often there are families that have a number of cancer and their is no obvious correlation. Fibrocyctic disease makes it harder to examine as the breast seems to be lumpy but does not put you at more risk. If there were first degree (mom or sister) or several second degree relatives with breast cancer you would be higher for breast cancer risk. In that case brac genes can be tested. ...Read more

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My family members have a dip in the chest. What could this be?

My family members have a dip in the chest. What could this be?

Pectus excavatum: A depression of the sternum is a congential condition, does run in families, and is associated with hypermobility syndrome, which can lead to wear and tear arthritis, and a higher incidence of scoliosis. The latin term that describes this is "pectus excavatum."it can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. ...Read more

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Why can I hear my heart's valvular sounds so easily but I can't hear other family members' heart sound. Is it age-related? Or my chest cliff is narrow

Why can I hear my heart's valvular sounds so easily but I can't hear other family members' heart sound. Is it age-related? Or my chest cliff is narrow

Auscultation: since you seem very interested in auscultation, look at this site but realize you don't have the training to understand it all......

https://www.med.ucla.edu/wilkes/intro.html ...Read more

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Can lung cancer spread in family?

Can lung cancer spread in family?

No: Individual entity. Not infection. Not communicable.

But with smoking, exposure, second hand smoke several family members can have cancer. ...Read more

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Could VSD have damaged my lungs and caused me to get, asthma, which I have? I have no family history of asthma or VSD.

Could VSD have damaged my lungs and caused me to get, asthma, which I have? I have no family history of asthma or VSD.

Cardiac Asthma: Large VSD may cause Biventricular heart failure,fluid in the lung, which can cause wheezing like Asthma . and called Cardiac Asthma,treatment not by bronchodilators but by diuretics ...Read more

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Sharp pain in the lower right side of my right lung like a knot, and it can happen randomly, I am a non smoker and no one in my family does?

Sharp pain in the lower right side of my right lung like a knot, and it can happen randomly, I am a non smoker and no one in my family does?

Probably not lung: Pain where you're describing and how you're describing is more likely a referred pain meaning that even though you may think it's 'in' your lung because it's in that vicinity actually, it is coming from another structure which could be either there or close by. In this case, musculoskeletal is most likely. However, do seek out help if it doesn't clear in short order. ...Read more

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Does susceptibility to lung infections run in the family?

Does susceptibility to lung infections run in the family?

Probably not: Unless there is a hereditary immunocomprimised disease, then probably not. ...Read more

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How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

Higher than normal: There are several reasons why a family history of lung cancer may increase your risk. The members involved may share similar habits like smoking or if they live together and everyone who does not smoke gets exposed to smoke from at least one smoker. Also if the family lives in a place where they are exposed to carcinogens such as radon. Genes may also play a role but not well defined as of yet. ...Read more

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No history of lung probs in family, rarely drink, don't smoke, 17 years old but feel small pains in chest and back where lungs are. What is this?

No history of lung probs in family, rarely drink, don't smoke, 17 years old but feel small pains in chest and back where lungs are. What is this?

Sounds like: ANXIETY...Ask question again with more information. What does "small" mean. Where in chest???Any cough?? Shortness of breath???

Not to worry...ask again with more info.

Dr Z ...Read more