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How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

Varies: Most patients who die of lung cancer develop metastatic disease, or cancer in organs other than the lung. Common sites include the bones, brain, and liver. As the tumor grows, the functioning of these organs is compromised. This can lead to death. Patients also have a general decline, with cachexia frequently due to substances called cytokines released by the cancer. ...Read more

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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Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Stage 4 lung cancer how long until death?

Deep question: I am sorry to hear of your illness. This is a question best posed to the doctor who knows you and your entire case. S/he has been following you, and will be able to discuss the process with you. Even so, s/he will not be able to give you an exact time, and you may also rebound at least temporarily from what seems like worsening symptoms. Please know there is help at all stages of illness. ...Read more

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How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

How much time after lung cancer spreads to the lymph nodes is death expecter?

It varies: Occasionally there are still cures with disease in the nodes. With today's treatments, survival is often measured in years. Cherish each day, and be aware of the eventual outcome in your life planning, but don't expect anyone to tell you 'How long'. It's simply not predictable. ...Read more

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Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Yes: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death, and smoking is a large risk factor for it. So if you are in the US and smoke you are more likely to die from CAD than lung cancer. ...Read more

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When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amounts of weight and may pass away from infection, sometimes they become increasingly short of breath or they may just fall asleep and not wake up. The way they pass is not important it is how they pass. It should be relatively pain and anxiety free. ...Read more

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Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Wait to Worry: You should not be thinking about death unless your Cancer is growing or spreading (called Metastasis). Most people with growing cancer develop symptoms which will signal that you need to see your doctor for examination. A periodic check up by your doctor can reveal signs of tumor recurrence if there is one. So as long as you get checked periodically or when you have new symptoms, you are doing fine ...Read more

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My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death?

My mother started chemo, for small cell lung cancer stage limited, she is going to have radio as well, should I prepare my self for her death?

Yes: However, even "oat cell" isn't certain death nowadays. Usually a person gets quite a few good months and several years is by no means unusual. Suppose you do as for any other relationship -- cherish the time you have, heal anything that needs it, and be ready whatever happens. Mom must be very special for you to have written. ...Read more

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What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer cause sudden mental impairment?

MS changes in lungCA: Lung ca can spread to the brain and cause changes in a persons mental status...Making them confused, headache, dizzy, nauseated, or even think they have had a stroke. It can also cause changes in blood calcium and if the calcium goes up the person can get very confused and lethargic. This can happen even when the lung cancer is still very early. ...Read more

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Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Yes: They're not so deadly as cigarettes because people smoke fewer and the smoke is so disgusting that it's not much inhaled. However, I've autopsied two non-smoking wives of heavy cigar smokers who died of smoker-type lung cancer -- my only non-smoker lung cancer autosies. I'd had to be a husband who had to live with that one. ...Read more

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How can smoking cause lung cancer?

How can smoking cause lung cancer?

Many ways: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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How can air pollution cause lung cancer?

How can air pollution cause lung cancer?

The same way cigs do: Any high level inhalation of hydrocarbon combustion prodicts (tobacco, diesel, wood stove) can lead to cancer, but obviously with cigarettes you are looking at enormous amounts of combutsion product over many years. Urban dwellers get lung cancer at a higher rate than rural folks, but the effect pales compared to the effect of smoking. ...Read more

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Will tamoxifen medicine cause lung cancer?

No: Tamoxifen has uses in some breast cancers. No medication cures lung cancer. Cancer is serious business and if you have questions about whether you or a loved one may have it or what's the best treatment, please get with a specialist. I'm glad you care and appreciate your asking. ...Read more

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How exactly does smoking cause lung cancer?

How exactly does smoking cause lung cancer?

Tobacco's carcinogen: Tobacco contains a number of chemicals which are the cause of cancer. So tobacco taken in any form (Chewing, snorting or smoking introduces these chemicals in the body, and given sufficient concentration of these chemicals, the end result of such exposure is cell damage leading to development of Cancers of many types (all tissues coming in contact with tobacco can develop Cancer (Aerodigestive tract ...Read more

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What can cause lung cancer besides smoking?

What can cause lung cancer besides smoking?

Lung cancer causes: Argon gas
Scars from previous lung injury
Asbestos exposure
Genetic susceptibility

Proliferation of neural crest origin cells- small cell/carcinoid. ...Read more

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Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

It's complicated.: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes lung cancer besides smoking?

Multiple: Radon gas, industrial air pollution, asbestos, genetics, etc. Given enough time, studies will likely show that anything can cause cancer, given a larger enough concentration, exposure, and time. ...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