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Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. Ive been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. Ive been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Who said this?: If the doctor treating her right now said this was a good sign, then it likely is. Only the doc who's treating her for this now can give a decent idea. Unless the doc has communicated this to another doc or family member. Maybe this sounds like a reasonable answer to vomiting blood to another doc, but it does not make a lot of sense to me. But, sometimes we don't remember all we were told exactly ...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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Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Depends: Is the lung cancer also in the lingula
sometimes the cancer plugs the airway and causes distal collapse(atelectasis)
also pneumonia, cancer and atelectasis are part of COPD due to smoking. ...Read more

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I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?

Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of some reason. This can be seen with foreign objects in airways, scarring, infiltration or poor lung airway movement. ...Read more

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Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Stop worrying: This is good news. Try to stop smoking. One cause of a longstanding cough that baffles doctors is cough-variant asthma -- perhaps you have this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are options for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Chest tube: I would consult with a thoracic surgeon regarding the collapsed lung. A small procedure could be performed to assist in inflating the lung, either by draining fluid or placing a chest tube. ...Read more

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What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

What are some choices for patient with stage 4 cancer and a collapsed lung?

Depends: If the lung is collapsed due a tumor in a bronchus (e.g. Breathing tube) it can sometimes be opened up with a short course of external radiation therapy or with internal radiation and removal of some of the tumor through a long thin scope put down through the nose into the lungs. If it is collapsed due to fluid around the lung, sometimes draining it can help. ...Read more

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Can a 80 year old man with a collapsed lung and stage 3 cancer live long on life support?

Can a 80 year old man with a collapsed lung and stage 3 cancer live long on life support?

It depends: Sorry to learn about your situation. If the cause of the collapse is from a procedure then life support is a temporary measure until the collapse resolves.
If the tumor has caused the lung to collapse and he has other lung and heart trouble the outcome is likely to be very poor.
I would ask the oncologist for a frank answer to your question. ...Read more

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Hi. I had a chest xray on tues. Results back on weds. Doc told me its either a collapsed lung or cancer, could it be anything else?

Hi. I had a chest xray on tues. Results back on weds. Doc told me its either a collapsed lung or cancer, could it be anything else?

Pneumonia: Things that can cause serious lung changes are tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, histoplasmosis, and deposits of material called sarcoidosis.Each has tests to determine its identity. Please go to a pulmonologist and be evaluated. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray showed something wrong but the CT Scan was clear. What could it be? They thought it might be a collapsed lung or cancer. I have to wait a week to see the doctor. I am scared.

My chest X-ray showed something wrong but the CT Scan was clear. What could it be? They thought it might be a collapsed lung or cancer. I have to wait a week to see the doctor. I am scared.

May be nothing: If the ct was done after the xray, then there is a good chance that there was nothing there. Chest xrays occasionally suggest abnormalities that are not found on ct scans; however, the ct scan is much better at demonstrating pathology. If the ct was normal, i wouldn't worry very much. But, make sure you follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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My wife has secondary lung cancer,primary breast.The middle right lobe has collapsed due to external pressure.Can she fly?

Need to be checked: You need to see your lung specialist to do some pulmonary testing and see how much volume is has left and whether she is at risk for further collapse. They need to check her oxygen sats and pulmonary function tests. She should be examined before considering flying ...Read more

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Can one have small collapsed lung with few symptoms. Could this spontaneous collapse be deadly? Some studies say that progression to tension is rare.

Lung collapse: Unlikely. Pain and shortness of breath. Spontaneous pneumothorax would be rare at your age. exertion related in your age group. Better to just go get a chest x-ray ...Read more

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Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem does not usually affect the other side. This is why bison were easy to hunt. If you hit one side of the chest, both lungs could collapse. The picture shows human anatomy, wish i could also post a bison picture as they are majestic creatures. ...Read more

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Is there any cases who stoped after 10 yrs smoking at the age of 33 and died due to lung cancer?

Is there any cases who stoped after 10 yrs smoking at the age of 33 and died due to lung cancer?

Yes but: In any very common disease, like lung cancer, there will be outliers who don't fit the common picture. There are certainly people in their 30s (and even 20s) who die of lung cancer, both smokers and nonsmokers. This, however, is quite rare. The best thing you can do for yourself is to quit smoking, which decreases risk immensely! ...Read more

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How do I figure out what caused my eating disorder? I think it could be due to the passing of my grandma/my nana having terminal lung cancer?

How do I figure out what caused my eating disorder? I think it could be due to the passing of my grandma/my nana having terminal lung cancer?

I am sorry to : hear about your grandmother. It is hard to deal with death of a loved 1 at any age, but at 16 it is really tough. When we mourn, we often lose our appetite which is why most religions include food during wakes. U don't say how long it has been since your grandmother passed away, but if U have developed an eating disorder, talk 2 your parents & get professional help. ...Read more

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Can i get lung cancer due to HPV ?

Can i get lung cancer due to HPV ?

No risk: Certain types of HPV cause cervical, anal, genital skin, and occasional throat cancers. HPV DNA can be found in a few lung cancers, but probably isn't a cause. If HPV contributes to lung cancer, it is very rare. This is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I have feared lung cancer for over a year now due to daily shoulder/rib pain right sided, is it time to stop worrying and treat my anxieties?

I have feared lung cancer for over a year now due to daily shoulder/rib pain right sided,  is it time to stop worrying and treat my anxieties?

Fear unhelpful: Age 33 is unusual for lung cancer. What you need to do is see your physician and get proper evaluation and make sure you live a healthy life. Don't smoke, don't use tobacco, don't use e-cigs or inhaled combustibles. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with lung cancer, back pain experienced where tumor is. taking tagrisso for 2 weeks now but still having pain. is pain due to cancer?

Diagnosed with lung cancer, back pain experienced where tumor is. taking tagrisso for 2 weeks now but still having pain. is pain due to cancer?

Likely: Pain is due to the cancer until proven otherwise, specifically if the location matches. Different mechanisms maybe involved, including pleural effusion or musculoskeletal invasion, among others. Your oncologist is your best resource at this point and he or she should know about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable.
Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Stage dependent: Odds of surviving lung cancer depend upon the stage (extent/spread) of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. A small tumor that is confined to the lung and has not spread to lymph nodes (stage 1) may be completely cured. An advanced tumor that is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (such as brain/liver/adrenal glands) will be treated but will be challenging to completely cure. ...Read more

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What are some causes of lung cancer?

What are some causes of lung cancer?

Risk factors: Lung cancer is most commonly a long process of years in which the lungs are exposed to damaging substances/"carcinogens". The biggest/best known is smoking. This link may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention. ...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