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Can a doctor suspect lung cancer from stethoscope?

Can a doctor suspect lung cancer from stethoscope?

Not really: Though some lung problems can be heard with the stethoscope that are associated with 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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Can a doctor tell if you have lung cancer with a stethoscope?

Can a doctor tell if you have lung cancer with a stethoscope?

No: And no. It can be suspected but not diagnosed with auscultation. ...Read more

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How can I doctors know I have lung cancer?

Not always: Persistent cough and cold like symptoms.
Weight loss and lifesytle habits may put you at risk and screening CT scans are now advocated for long time smoking history. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

Usually a Xray: Of the chest shows an abnormal shadow. It may be found routinely or on an xray for symptoms of cough or chest pain. The diagnosis is made with a tissue biopsy to confirm it is cancer. This can be a needle biopsy usually guided by ct scan or a surgical biopsy. Other tests like pet scan can help with staging the cancer. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms for stage 2 lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms for stage 2 lung cancer?

Depends.: Lung cancer typically has no obvious symptoms. That's why so difficult to diagnose early. If already diagnosed then some symptoms depending on location and size may be cough/shortness of breath/weight loss/blood clot/abnormal chest xray. Rarelly coughing blood up. Stage 2 now has a much better prognosis. ...Read more

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Lung cancer symptoms, should I go to the doctor?

Lung cancer symptoms, should I go to the doctor?

Probably: If you are unwell, a physician visit is advised. There are no symptoms that are specific for lung cancer, however, your doctor can ask questions, examine you, and recommend further tests. ...Read more

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Can a doctor determine the stage of lung cancer from a lung biopsy?

Can a doctor determine the stage of lung cancer from a lung biopsy?

Lots to staging: Staging of lung cancer identifies t n and m status, or tumor size (t) lymph node involvement (n) and presence of metastasis or distant spread of tumor (m). Staging may include lung biopsy, but may require pet/ct to determine metastasis (m), mediastinoscopy or ebus to asses lymph nodes (n). ...Read more

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Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

YES & NO: A chest xray can detect a large lung cancer easily but smaller ones can be missed (especially in the top of lung). Chest ct is much more sensitive. ...Read more

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Lung cancer in smoking teens common? Also has any doctor seen a teen with primary lung cancer? I'm 16 and a former smoker of 1 and 1\2 years.

Lung cancer in smoking teens common? Also has any doctor seen a teen with primary lung cancer? I'm 16 and a former smoker of 1 and 1\2 years.

Uncommon but possibl: The cancers come after exposure.
Sometimes years later.
Kids get bronchitis, pneumonia, hoarseness and develop lung and vascular trauma that's a preamble to the worse diseases. ...Read more

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73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

Possible: It is certainly likely this is a recurrence. Especially if you had stage 4. If could also be an infection. You should make sure this is followed up on immediately. ...Read more

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Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely: Even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop. ...Read more

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What steps are necessary for doctors to diagnose lung cancer?

What steps are necessary for doctors to diagnose lung cancer?

Lung Cancer: Evaluation most commonly includes anatomic imaging (xray, chest CT); tissue sampling (bronch, percutaneous biopsy, surgical resection); and staging (PET/CT, Brain MRI). In addition to this medistinoscopy (surgical eval of medistinal lymph nodes) may be necessary. A team approach between surgeon, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologist, and radiologist should be optimally considered. ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic doctors for lung cancer?

Are there homeopathic doctors for lung cancer?

Adjunct only: Don't forego surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or evidence-based palliative care if they are indicated for lung cancer. An ethical homeopath will tell you the same. Much of the magic in homeopathy is in the relationship with the practitioner. If you are interested in this fascinating area, find a practitioner who's considered ethical by the mainstream medical community. ...Read more

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Hai doctor...I want to know abaut lung cancer?

Hai doctor...I want to know abaut lung cancer?

Multiple sites: Important if small cell or non-small cell. Key to good cancer care is a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. If indicated, surgical resection should be performed by a thoracic surgeon. I hope these assist you: http://goo. Gl/2cdq9 and http://goo. Gl/jx197 and http://goo. Gl/mo7uz and http://goo. Gl/2yuxg. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Will lung cancer be missed on a pet?

Need doctor's help! Will lung cancer be missed on a pet?

Maybe: Most lung cancers will be seen on a pet/ct scan, unless they are very small. But if it's the size of a blueberry or larger, it will be seen. Pet scans show bright spots where cells are using a lot of sugar (see picture). This can be from a cancer, an infection, or inflammation. So a negative pet scan means you probably don't have lung cancer. If you do, it's tiny! I hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

Teams of doctors.: A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point. A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor (s). ...Read more

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As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

As a doctor do you feel that tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer, or is it the chemicals big companies pt, or is there not enough research?

YES,: But not because of the nicotine that gets you hooked, but from all the other components such as the tar and the heat of the smoke is also a factor. Do non- smokers get lung cancer, yes they do but not in the high numbers we see from first hand and second hand smoke from tobacco. The only chemical that has been a cause for concern is the addition of extra nitcotine in the tobacco, but can't prove ...Read more

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Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Non-specific: Fleeting chest pains are not specific for lung cancer. It could be caused by a host of other benign reasons like muscle pain, rib pain from strain or inflammation. Pneumonia or pleurisy can also cause it. If you are worried about lung cancer and you are a smoker, check with your doctor about a screening CAT scan of the chest. If it is negative, time to stop smoking! ...Read more

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Is there anything other than lung cancer that can cause a localized wheeze lasting many months and associated mild cough? Seeing a doc soon but worry.

Is there anything other than lung cancer that can cause a localized wheeze lasting many months and associated mild cough? Seeing a doc soon but worry.

Yes: There are several things that cause wheezing and cough. These can include emphysema, bronchi spasm, asthma, infection, allergies, and others. Many lung cancers have no symptoms when they are diagnosed. You are doing the right thing by checking it out. ...Read more

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I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

OCD Symptoms?: If you have been examined by a physician, and had the appropriate tests (chest x-ray, blood tests) and nothing was found to suggest lung cancer, then this may be an OCD issue. Do you have family history of lung cancer, or have you lost a friend to this disease? Are you a smoker? If all these are no, then you need to stop monitoring your breathing so closely. Talk to MD or psychologist re OCD. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I have all the symptoms of lung cancer, my parents won't take me to the doctor so I thought I would come to you to get some answers and help?

Unusual For 16 or 22: Year old to have lung cancer. You may have symptoms more consistent with bronchitis. What you may need is a simple chest X-ray to start with. At 16 or 22 you should be able to go to doctor yourself. If you have real symptoms, why wouldn't your parents want to take you to doctor? ...Read more

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Doctors told my dad with stage 4 lung cancer & COPD whom isn't doing well that he could live from 1 to 3 years. Do doctors lie to protect patients? We (family & friends) aren't expecting him to live even six months at his current condition.

Depends: No one knows how long a cancer patient will live. At best it is an educated guess based on a umber of assumptions like chemo/other treatment, condition of the patient, rate of progression, etc. Some physicians like to be optimistic, some like to underquote. ...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


Stethoscope (Definition)

This device invented by laennec enables a physician to hear the focused sounds made within the body. The bell, diaphragm, and earpieces have changed much in history bt the principles are the same. It's still an amazing instrument. Now that the head mirror has become hard to find, the stethoscope is perhaps the most iconic ...Read more