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Doctor insights on: Coughing One Year After Lung Cancer Surgery

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Is it normal for me to be coughing a lot at bedtime a month after my lung cancer surgery?

Is it normal for me to be coughing a lot at bedtime a month after my lung cancer surgery?

To a degree: But if it persists, then one should see their surgeon and let them know that the coughing persists. 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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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist: Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. Read more

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Can scare tissue develop and cause tenderness at lung cancer surgery site two years after surgery?

Can scare tissue develop and cause tenderness at lung cancer surgery site two years after surgery?

No and yes: The scar tissue can cause pain years later, but didn't just develop, its been there all along. Why no pain before? Nobody knows. It's also possible that the pain is from something else, such as a muscle spasm. If its severe, or unrelenting, you can always contact your thoracic surgeon and get it checked out. Hope this helps! Read more

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What can I do to control my pain after lung cancer surgery?

What can I do to control my pain after lung cancer surgery?

Be active: The most important thing you can do is to be as active as you can! Use the little breathing exercise tool (voldyne) they gave as often as you can, take your pain medicine as prescribed and be active. You should feel much better after a couple weeks and fully recovered after 4-6 weeks. If you are still having pain beyond that, you need to see your doctor to determine if there is something wrong! Read more

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Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Not at all: Pain is due to incisions, not the lung, which really has no feeling. In some patients, some degree of incisional pain can persist for months. Read more

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Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Appetite/Lung Ca: Particularly squamous lung cancer is an appetite thief. Many show up with major weight loss, a sign that points to worse outcome. It is not the treatment, but radiotherapy and chemotherapy can briefly cause diffiuclt swallowing. Successful treatment sometimes brings appetite back. Megace (megestrol) can stimulate appetite for some, but not all. Read more

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Please dr. Does the lymph nodes swell after lung cancer surgery (stage 2 of non small cell)?

Please dr. Does the lymph nodes swell after lung cancer surgery (stage 2 of non small cell)?

They might: They might swell after surgery or they may have been swollen before the surgery. Do you mean the chest lymph nodes or any superficial ones? They may also swell with infection. Make sure you mention this to your doctor! Read more

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What is the rate of recurrence after successful lung cancer surgery?

What is the rate of recurrence after successful lung cancer surgery?

Too high: For comfort! Rates apply to groups. Even 1 node positive drops the cure rate below 50-60%. The finer you select for smaller lesions and squamous histology, the rate may be as high as 80%. We have worked to select the best treatment and better treatment ffor years, but the ace of progress is slow. This is why we urge never starting to smoke, and stopping now if you do. Read more

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Is it a bad idea for me to put off my lung cancer surgery for 6 weeks?

Is it a bad idea for me to put off my lung cancer surgery for 6 weeks?

Does it make...: The difference between cure and failure to wait 6 weeks? Probably no. Cn the confined to cancer spread to nodes or somewhere else, perhaps. Fear of the procedure, surviving it, and desire to do something fun can fuel this idea. Is it yours, your partner's, your kids, friends? Lung cancer is not a gentle or considerate monster. Have a great reason for delay or get it over. Read more

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Does lung cancer surgery stimulate the remaining cancer cells to grow faster?

Does lung cancer surgery stimulate the remaining cancer cells to grow faster?

No.: The purpose of th surgery is to remove all the cancer. The myth that "the air causes it to grow" is false. The truth is cancer cells grow very well with or without surgery if they are hiding in nodes or far off places. This the proof that additional chemotherapy works in more advanced stage, and perhaps of some help in stage ii (+hilar nodes). Read more

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Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Why would someone who has had lung cancer surgery need a liver biopsy?

Tumor spread: Cancers can spread to different areas in the body. It is not uncommon for lung cancer to spread beyond the lung to other areas such as the liver and bone. If you have a known lung cancer and an abnormality in the liver it may be spread of the lung cancer. Certain tests like an MRI may be helpful to see if it is an often seen benign lesion (hemangioma). If it can't you may need a biopsy. Read more

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What is best treatment option for lung cancer...Surgery, targeted drugs or cehmo/radiation and why?

What is best treatment option for lung cancer...Surgery, targeted drugs or cehmo/radiation and why?

Personalized therapy: Will require more than 400 words to explain. Tx for lung ca is personalized, -individualized. To formulate plan - will need to know the type of lung cancer, the stage, the mollecular profiles /biology of the cancer cells, other prognostic factors, and other factors including age, overall medical condition, preferences etc. No one glove fits all. Please discuss with your oncologist. Read more

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Why might my kidneys have failed during my lung cancer surgery?

Why might my kidneys have failed during my lung cancer surgery?

Many factors: There are several factors that can lead to kidney failure, especially after a surgical procedure. This may be due to the anesthesia, the surgery itself, or from metabolic changes that occur both during and after the surgery. Optimizing your overall medical condition will help facilitate your recovery. Read more

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Lung cancer surgery moved up after tracheal scope 1 mass in lung. Good or bad?

Lung cancer surgery moved up after tracheal scope 1 mass in lung. Good or bad?

May be good: Without complete details, difficult to tell. Having lung cancer is bad. Having lung cancer that is amenable to surgical removal is a far better situation. If following evaluation and bronchoscopy your team feels you are a surgical candidate for removal, it is good. Best survival in lung cancer is lung cancer that can be surgically removed (resectable cancer). Read more

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How long does it take someone to recover from lung cancer surgery and bio-lung insertion?

How long does it take someone to recover from lung cancer surgery and bio-lung insertion?

Ask your doctor: What you are asking about, specifically bio lung insertion, is not common medical practice. This must be part of an investigational research. Extensive disclosure is common in these situations. If you are having difficulties communicating with your doctor, a research coordinator should be available to you. 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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Could my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Could my 87 year old father have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes: This decision hinges on balancing the potential benefit of the surgery and your father's quality of life. If cataracts are mild, and he is not significantly hampered, i'd likely advise deferring surgery. If vision changes are severe and quality of life is significantly affected, it is not unreasonable. The decision should be made in concert with your father's oncologist to help clarify. Read more

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Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Does it make sense for my 87-year-old father to have cataract surgery when he has stage 3 small cell lung cancer?

Yes, it does.: To be able to see things clearly is part of quality of life. If he has a poor vision due to his cataract and cataract surgery can fix it- absolutely it is a good thing to do, if that can be done safely. The surgery itself is minor and with very minimal side effects. The fear of falling will increase significantly when we are older and it'd be very helpful if at least we can see things clearly. Read more

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Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Life expectancy of previously never sick, active healthy 67 year old after colon cancer surgery +12 rounds chemo, 6 months later spread to liver&lung?

Your best bet: Is to review a question like this with your medical oncologist. There are many different factors that contribute to survival statistics and you want to make sure you're being provided with accurate information. This requires a more complete understanding of your medical/oncologic history. Read more

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My husband has adeno squamous lung cancer. He has begun treatment locally. Should we consider one of the cancer centers for treatment or surgery?

Consult your doctor: You should consult the oncologist & cardiothoracic surgeon on this. Some local physicians are participants in clinical trials. They should be able to guide you to the best available treatment. You are entitled to such info and care and should not be shy about it. You can also research clinicaltrials. Gov for additional info on the latest treatments. Read more

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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more