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Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Immunosuppression: The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ. The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development. ...Read more

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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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Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more

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Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?

Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read more

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If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

If a stage four lung cancer patient is spread to the bones, would having a bone marrow transplant increase the likelihood of survival?

No: Bone marrow transplant would not treat the primary tumor and would be ineffective. A bone marrow transplant would introduce such high risks that it would most likely hasten the patient's demise. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars..Can i get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars..Can i get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Second hand smoke exposure is a known risk. http://goo.gl/q3itr should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness. ...Read more

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How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

Not rare: 10-15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. 16-24, 000 americans die of lung cancer each year are "never smoked" patients. If you just took the "never smoked" group of lung cancer deaths, completely separate from the “smokers”, the "never smoked" lung cancer disease would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States. ...Read more

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Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

Is it too late to cure lung cancer is it's in stage 3?

WE CAN NOT ANSWER: We can not answer without knowing the type of cancer etc.Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lung cancer from things other than smoking?

Is it possible to get lung cancer from things other than smoking?

Yes: About 10% of people who get lung cancer are non-smokers. There are many factors - exposure to second hand smoke, exposure to other air-borne toxins (air pollution, industrial exposures in miners and other workers). Asbestos has been mostly eliminated, but old exposure in people working in construction, shipyards, car brakes and elsewhere can cause a cancer called mesothelioma. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...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