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Can Lung Cancer Cause Sudden 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No: That is a disorder of the GI system ...Read more
Inhaling smoke: Tricyclic aromatic hydrocarbons produced by combustion of tar or any other organic chemical is known to be carcinogenic. Halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, benzpyrenes, to include some. Other chemicals may not be carcinogenic by themselves but act as co carcinogens when combined with cigarette smoke, like asbestos particles. High levels of radon gas increases risk of lung cancer. Radiation overd. ...Read more
Radon exposure: Second hand smoke increases risk of lung cancer, as does exposure to radon, which is why radon testing in the home has become so prevalent. Asbestos is known to cause a rare cancer called mesothelioma. The risk of getting the typical type of lung cancer among people exposed to asbestos is much higher if they are also smokers. ...Read more
My chest occasionally hurts. I was just coughing cause water went down the wrong way. And it was hurting real bad. Is this a sign of lung cancer?
Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more
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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