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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

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?

No: Surgery may temporarily cause anorexia as the body uses all resources to heal. This may cut appetite. The key is to fine foods that the patient really likes. In extreme cases your doctor can prescribe medication to boost appetite. Adequate nutrition is key for complete healing after surgery. ...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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I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! You probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. ...Read more

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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient???
Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question (say it clearly) about his lung Cancer (only) ...Read more

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I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

Get evaluated: About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. Among never-smokers aged 40 to 79 years lung cancer ranged from 14.4 to 20.8 per 100, 000 person-years in women and 4.8 to 13.7 per 100, 000 person-years in men.
Irrespective of the national rate, persistent cough should be evaluated asap to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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Have acute pain in right side rib area that is moe intense with deep breaths and cough. 5th year right sided lung cancer servivor and recent lung inf?

Could be: You describe "pleuritic pain". Could be due to infection or recurrent/metastatic cancer. You should see your doctor. You need a chest x-ray at a minimum. ...Read more

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Smoking for past 2 year, age 28. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Smoking for past 2 year, age 28. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Quit smoking: It is not likely that you have lung cancer, but lung symptoms are a strong reason, if you needed one, to quit smoking. Smoking causes not only lung cancer but a number of other lung disease, heart disease, stroke and other cancers. See your doctor for nicotine replacement in case you need help in quitting smoking. ...Read more

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24 year old. Gym goer. Smoke 1-3 cig/day. Feeling pain near right scapula back side only when I cough sneeze stretch or wake up in morning. Lung cancer/pancoast.?

24 year old. Gym goer. Smoke 1-3 cig/day. Feeling pain near right scapula back side only when I cough sneeze stretch or wake up in morning. Lung cancer/pancoast.?

Not likely: At your age lung cancer is very unlikely. More likely a musculo-skeletal cause.

This scare should be a wake up call to stop smoking before the next one really is lung cancer.

If you remain concerned see your md. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old have lung cancer I don't smoke but my dad does and I'm around him often my back has been sore lately and I have a cough?

Can a 17 year old have lung cancer I don't smoke but my dad does and I'm around him often my back has been sore lately and I have a cough?

I'm sorry your: Dad smokes. He risks his health mightily, but you are downstream of the side stream smoke, which also risks your health. While there have been a few cases reported under 20 years, they don'ealways smoke. Back pain is more likely related to straining with lifting and exercise. Never smoke. Encourage your dad to quit, check out your back pain if it does not improve soon. ...Read more

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I can't go to a hospital cuz I'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

I can't go to a hospital cuz I'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

Depends: Do you smoke? Have you seen your primary physician? Have you gone to a quik med for a chest x-ray? You are worried about tuition? Won't help if you are not around. See somebody. ...Read more

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My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

May need some Tests: Persistent cough can be due to smoking (bronchitis) or other lung diseases. Since it has persisted for one year, you should get a medical check up to find the cause. A simple chest X-ray may reveal any obvious problems but a CT scan of the chest is even more detailed and more reliable test to find a cause like Cancer (which is unlikely) in the lung or in the back bones. ...Read more

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Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Persistent dry cough. Tickle in throat/chest. 26 year old male non smoker. What are chances of lung cancer?

Depends on your othe: Fairly unlikely. Most likely post nasal drip, reflux or other benign condition. As persistent see your doc. ...Read more

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25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

Probably not....: Blood-tinged sputum is typically caused by bronchitis, which is an infection in the lung airways. You could also have post-nasal drip and the blood is from the nose or sinuses. You need to quit smoking ASAP as this is contributing to inflammation in the airways which predisposes you to acute bronchitis. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment and to help you quit smoking! ...Read more

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Throat clearing, no cough, for a year now after a cold. Concerned, smoked as teen from 15 to 23, quit for good and now 51. Is symptom of lung cancer?

Throat clearing, no cough, for a year now after a cold. Concerned, smoked as teen from 15 to 23, quit for good and now 51. Is symptom of lung cancer?

Postnasal drip: Your throat clearing is probably due to a post nasal drip from your cold. If you haven't been to a doctor recently it might be a good idea to get checked out. ...Read more

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What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

Not a lot: But try nasal saline twice daily to decrease nasal mucus.
Humidity- humidifier in sleeping area.
Narcotic cough suppressant-codeine commonly. ...Read more

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My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

See Below: If he has a feeding tube and does not eat or swallow anything by mouth, he may have regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus/throat area that are then being aspirated into the lungs.
Consult with a physician about this matter. They may need to move the tube to the small intestine instead of the stomach to prevent this from happening. ...Read more

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How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

Depends: The surgery would depend on several individual factors. Anatomy and tumor location can significantly alter the difficulty of the surgery. ...Read more

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Can cyberknife surgery be used for lung cancer?

Can cyberknife surgery be used for lung cancer?

Yes: Results with cyberknife surgery for early stage lung cancer are similar to surgery and it is used commonly in people who are elderly or can not undergo surgery. In certain cases, cyberknife is used for cancer spreading to the brain. ...Read more

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What is surgery like for non small cell lung cancer?

What is surgery like for non small cell lung cancer?

Often cures: Surgery is the standard of care for stage I and ii lung cancer in the physically fit patient, and should be considered as an option in many patients with stage iiia. Often can be done minimally invasively thorascopically or with a robot. Recovery varies with the level of invasiveness. Lung surgery has best outcomes by a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...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. 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