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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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Only coughing blood in morning, is that cancer?

Only coughing blood in morning, is that cancer?

Coughing up blood: Whether you cough up blood am or pm is usually a bad thing. It could very well be cancer. It could also be drainage from your sinuses and infection. It really needs to be looked at...The sooner the better. ...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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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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I have no breathing problems or coughing up blood so its not cancer right!?

I have no breathing problems or coughing up blood so its not cancer right!?

Can't help you: Your question is incomplete and cannot be answered without a physical exam and maybe X-rays. See your doc 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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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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Is there any way to cure heart cancer? My friend was coughing up blood and went to the doctors they told him he had 9 months to live. Is there any way to cure this

Rare diagnosis : Some muscle tumors and generally not curable. If other cancers have spread to heart that is stage 4 and unlikely to be cured. Bad actors! be sure that what you have heard is correct about this rare issue. ...Read more

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My friend has been coughing blood and having chest pains. Does it mean she has breast cancer? She even loses her breath.

My friend has been coughing blood and having chest pains. Does it mean she has breast cancer? She even loses her breath.

No: Hi harold, theses are not symptoms of breast cancer. If she is a teenager it is unlikely to be cancer but she should be seen asap. It could be an infection that needs to be treated. She should see her doctor or go to the er for an evaluation. Thank you. ...Read more

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I am still coughing blood up after 3 days. Doctor said i had broken capillaries and CT scan ruled out cancer. Should i be alarmed? What else to do?

I am still coughing blood up after 3 days. Doctor said i had broken capillaries and CT scan ruled out cancer. Should i be alarmed? What else to do?

Pulmonologist: Hemoptysis (coughing blood) can be from many things including -- infection (due you have pneumonia or bronchitis?), invasive fungal infections, cancer, pulmonary embolism (pe), or other problems. Different types of ct scans (ct angio pe protocol or ct high resolution chest) can help. As can a bronchoscopy by a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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My friend has stomach pains, nose bleeds, coughing up blood, fainting, bruises and small lumps on her chest. Can this be lung/breast Cancer?

My friend has stomach pains, nose bleeds, coughing up blood, fainting, bruises and small lumps on her chest. Can this be lung/breast Cancer?

Doctors appointment: I dont think we should answer if this a sign of cancer, but we should get your friend to her doctor for a full evaluation for causes of her symptons. Dont have her delay the visit. ...Read more

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Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning ?

Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning ?

Relax: A mild, hanging-on winter chest cold can do this. If it persists for two weeks, get seen by your physician. If it began at the time of chest-cold symptoms it is very unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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Scared I've got cancer cough and cold for about 4 weeks and wen I've coughed there's been a tiny bit of blood in it, happened 4 times now please help ?

Its possible: That there is cancer- one cannot rule this out but it would not be on top of my list. Infection such as bronchitis can cause this as well and chronic lung conditions such as bronchiectasis. Get evaluated - early treatment is key for best outcomes. You need testing ...Read more

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Pain in upper back, shoulder and neck with slight dry cough for 3 months. All xrays bloods and lft ok. Drs not concerned. Could it be cancer ?

Pain in upper back, shoulder and neck with slight dry cough for 3 months. All xrays bloods and lft ok. Drs not concerned. Could it be cancer ?

Unlikely: Back, shoulder and neck pain are common especially for folks working on computers all day! dry cough can be from cough variant asthma, habitual cough or side effect from some blood pressure medications. Please relate your concern to all the doctors you have seen. ...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. ?

Stop worrying: I can't promise you don't have a tiny lung cancer. You're a never-smoker, you're young, you have a "slight cough" (been checked for cough-variant asthma?), and most back pain never gets a hard diagnosis. Fretting about one of the least likely diagnoses is doing you no good. If you recognize this as unrealistic, your physician can help you address cancer phobia. Work with ur dr to find real causes. ...Read more

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Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Had feeling of needing to cough and up right back pain for 12 weeks. 3xray and bloods. All normal respitry specialist not concerned. Cancer?

Dry cough: First, you do not have cancer. Second, i would consult an allergist because you may have an allergic condition. Third if the allergist finds nothing consult a gastroenterologist to make sure you dont have gastro esophageal reflux. ...Read more

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My cough is bad from asthma i switched inhalers i think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots ?

My cough is bad from asthma i switched inhalers i think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots ?

Asthma: First you need to stop smoking! then you need to be compliant with your inhalers for them to be effective. See a pulmonologist or allergist to help you control it. Cancer is a result of smoking not asthma, and so are blood clots, the more reasosns to quit! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Wendy Askew
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Coughing Blood (Definition)

Hematemesis = vomiting blood. Hemoptysis = coughing up ...Read more