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Collapsed Lung Due To Lung Cancer
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
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
Oncologists: Does medical research identify a history of spontaneous pneumothorax as a risk factor for developing lung cancer later in one's life?
No: I can find no evidence for this. ...Read more
Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?
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
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
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
5 year=53.5%: as long as it's localized in lungs ...Read more
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?
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
Tender tummy. Swollen ring finger. Boils. Xray results showing either collapsed lung or cancer. Are these connected?
Workup: Doubtful but workup is definitely in order. ...Read more
My wife has secondary lung cancer,primary breast.The middle right lobe has collapsed due to external pressure.Can she fly?
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
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
My father is having breathing difficulties due to lung cancer. Is this good for him? Pulmicort 0.25mg/ml
Check for radon!
some basements may have little or none. ...Read more
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
Is it possible to have lung cancer with middle back pain ? I have had wt loss but thought it was due to complete change in diet. No other symptoms
Could be: Did you miss your period, besides other reasons, see yourdoctor. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...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