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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

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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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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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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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