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Im17yr old smoked for5yrs, stopped smoking for4days I had dry cough for almost a month & I already spit blood.is there chance that I have lung cancer?

Im17yr old smoked for5yrs, stopped smoking for4days I had dry cough for almost a month & I already spit blood.is there chance that I have lung cancer?

Probably not serious: Congratulations for stopping smoking: hang in there! Cancer is exceedingly rare at your age of 17, regardless of smoking history. Bronchitis and minor irritation of the airways can cause slight bleeding -- probably not serious unless it recurs or lots of blood. To be completely safe, see your doctor. But don't lose a lot of sleep in the meantime; probably this isn't serious. ...Read more

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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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

Maybe: Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease. This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms. ...Read more

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Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Can be: But is also seen with many other problems related to lungs and heart, sometimes as "simple" as a bronchitis. It should be evaluated, though. It can be something serious, especially if the patient is a smoker. Do you smoke? Hope not....
Best to you. ...Read more

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Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

Could be: You should go to see your doctor as soon as possible. Coughing up blood is abnormal. It could be caused by different abnormalities either from the lung or upper airway or could be something else. Lung cancer could be a possibility -especially with your long time history of cigarette smoker. See your doctor now and have further evaluation- ie. Ct chest etc. Please consider to stop smoking. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me at what stage of lung cancer that you start coughing up blood bright red blood?

Can someone tell me at what stage of lung cancer that you start coughing up blood bright red blood?

OMG -- get to ER now: Hemoptysis (coughing blood) has many causes, only one of which is lung cancer. Many causes are however quite serious and warrant immediate attention. Go directly to your Emergency Department please. ...Read more

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Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Aunt- stage 4 lung cancer, no treatment weak heart, swollen neck lymph, coughing up blood, oxygen, hospice, life expectancy?

Preterminal: Unfortunately the patient appears to be preterminal with life expectancy predicted to be in days or weeks. Hospice care will ensure that pain and suffering will be avoided and will not prolong death. I assume that the patient and family understands and agrees with this plan of care. ...Read more

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Had paid and dry cough in rt lung for 2.5 months. Had xrays & bloods done. All ok. Lft to be done in october. Could I have lung cancer. Very worried ?

Had paid and dry cough in rt lung for 2.5 months. Had xrays & bloods done. All ok. Lft to be done in october. Could I have lung cancer. Very worried ?

Not likely: If you have a normal chest x-ray, then you are not likely to have lung cancer, at least not an obvious tumor which could explain your persistent cough. Yet if you cough persists, you need an ongoing medical evaluation and treatment to control it. Sometimes it can be a symptom of asthma or acid reflux. So go see your doctor again till the cause has been found and treated. ...Read more

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Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Does it have to be a certain  stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Not really: Bleeding or hemoptysis occurs when a tumor erodes the lining of one of the airways or bronchi causing bleeding. This can happen in any stage of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer. ?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...Read more

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Lung cancer late symptom are cough with blood weight loss what are the earlier symptoms ?

Lung cancer late symptom are cough with blood weight loss what are the earlier symptoms ?

None : It is rare for early lung cancer to have symptoms at all. The vast majority of patients with symptoms unfortunately have advanced, incurable disease. There are data suggesting that screening may be of help in certain high risk populations but at the end, reducing risk by not participating in the consumption of tobacco products is the best you can do. Be healthy. ...Read more

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Pain right lung and back with slight dry cough for 2 months. Had bloods & x-ray. All fine. Docs not too concerned. I am extremely worried lung cancer?

Pain right lung and back with slight dry cough for 2 months. Had bloods & x-ray. All fine. Docs not too concerned. I am extremely worried lung cancer?

Further evaluation: If you are a smoker further evaluation with a ct scan of the chest may be indicated; you should also consider asking your physician for referral to a pulmonary specialist for evaluation of the persistent cough. On a good note- cancer is progressive so the longer the symptoms remain stable the less likely cancer is the cause. ...Read more

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Scared I've got lung cancer cough and cold for a while today coughed and there was a tiny speech of blood, after blew my nose and there was blood ther?

Scared I've got lung cancer cough and cold for a while today coughed and there was a tiny speech of blood, after blew my nose and there was blood ther?

Suggestions: Inflammation in the airway ( either upper or lower ) may be associated with small amounts of bleeding. If your nose is bleeding this can appear in the post nasal drainage.
If you are a smoker in particular, I would suggest sputum cytologies.
During a viral illness, your asthma may worsen, requiring an adjustment of your medications.
VIrtual consult follow up available at Healthtap.com ...Read more

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I'm so scared I've had a cold and cough but in the mornings wen I cough up phlegm there's been a tiny bit of blood have I got lung cancer?

I'm so scared I've had a cold and cough but in the mornings wen I cough up phlegm there's been a tiny bit of blood have I got lung cancer?

No: These findings not indicative of lung cancer. Cough with occasional sign of blood tinged sputum frequently due to irritation of pharynx where sputum may arise. If symptoms don't improve but progress then chest X ray needed. ...Read more

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Have I got lung cancer coughing up tiny bit of blood with green phlegm it's happened 4 times have got a cold and cough I'm scared?

Have I got lung cancer coughing up tiny bit of blood with green phlegm it's happened 4 times have got a cold and cough I'm scared?

Low likelihood: after your Upper respiratory episode ends be Checked by PCP and may need X-ray.

If you are a smoker, heavy smoker, positive family history, weight loss and recurrent spells,then the risk of CANCER rises. ...Read more

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2 months slight dry cough. Ex smoker for 14 yrs. 2xrays.Bloods all fine. Seen thoratic specialist. Suspect asthma. Could it be lung cancer. ?

2 months slight dry cough. Ex smoker for 14 yrs. 2xrays.Bloods all fine. Seen thoratic specialist. Suspect asthma. Could it be lung cancer. ?

Congratulations on: Quitting. I'm an ex-smoker off for 30 years. Relapsed many times before finally ditched them for good. You might see a pulmonary specialists to probe the cause of your cough, review your x-rays, and consider pulmonary function tests. It would establish a post-smoking baseline, but could reveal copd, asthma, other lung or heart ailment or that all is well. Highly unlikely that you have lung ca. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. is this lung cancer ?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. is this lung cancer ?

At 29, not likely: Firstly, you know that you are having pain in the lower right side of your chest. What you don't know is whether that pain is in your lungs. Pain from internal organs may be referred to other places - like gall bladder inflammation may be felt as pain the right shoulder. Am more concerned about your fears of cancer than any real risk. See your doctor for assessment and perhaps counseling. ...Read more

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I'm loosing weight, finding dried up blood in my nose, and I have a cough, which is getting better. I don't smoke, so it can't be lung cancer, can it?

Very unlikely: From the information you provided the risk of lung cancer is minimal. You may try applying a small amount of an emollient in the nares. Do apply only small amount as you do not want the emollient to be inhaled.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when i blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and i don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

Almost certainly not: I don't think you have lung cancer at all. Back pain can be due to many things (including posture, very large breasts, etc) and blood when you blow your nose is probably due to a polyp. Obviously you should have it checked out if it's a lot. But at your age and with no smoking history, lung cancer would be very low on my list. As for bruising and weakness, you should probably have a blood test. ...Read more

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I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks . Blood test and chest xray shows normal .No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer?Im worried

I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks . Blood test and chest xray shows normal .No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer?Im worried

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...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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Metallic/blood taste when i cough but no blood or mucus I have reflux that goes up to throat. Clear cxr in july. 36yo smoker. Cld this b lung cancer?

STOP SMOKING: The best thing you can do is quit smoking. Treat the reflu, x as it is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.

Then quit smoking
quit smoking
quit smoking. ...Read more

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Cough not goin go away spat up blood once wheezing popping in throat when swallowing and crackles, never smoked. Goin on for a while. Lung cancer?

Cough not goin go away spat up blood once  wheezing popping in throat when swallowing and crackles, never smoked. Goin on for a while. Lung cancer?

Unlikely - go c doc: It's very unlikely (although not impossible) for a 20yo to have lung cancer. However, it's important that anyone with a persistent bloody cough & wheezing get evaluated for a possible pneumonia or some other such infection. ...Read more

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Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Ask your doctor: Lung cancer usually shortens the life of the patient. If as you say the cancer is spreading and you've moved to an unproven clinical trial regimen, it depends on the effectiveness of the drugs and your health. Response is variable. I hope you are able to speak with your close friends and family members about your wishes for those times when you cannot speak. Sob on oxygen, that may be soon. ...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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Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Can you guys tell me how bad of a cough do lung cancer patients have?

Varies : Ranging from none to chronic smokers cough to violent coughing and coughing up blood. ...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