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

Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. I've 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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be 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.

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I have a question about lung cancer?

I have a question about lung cancer?

Ok: Ok, if you have a question then please ask it rather then asking whether you can ask the question.

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Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality.

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What organs does lung cancer attack?

What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands.

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Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time.

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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


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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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