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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath ...Etc. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung cancer: Two things: 1: If you think you have lung cancer you should start with a clinic visit to the Emergency Facility. 2: What are the symptoms you have had? Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Please describe the survival rates of small cell lung cancer?

Please describe the survival rates of small cell lung cancer?

Limited: Most with this diagnosis have less than 2 years of survival, unless found when small and peripheral so it can be removed! ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung disease vs cancer?

Symptoms of lung disease vs cancer?

Similar: There is nothing specific that can differentiate these 2 problems. A chest x-ray or ct scan, if indicated, would help distinguish. ...Read more

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What is the percentage of smokers get lung cancer or emphysema?

What is the percentage of smokers get lung cancer or emphysema?

15-17%: About 15-17% of smokers develop lung cancer or emphysema. About 85% of patients with lung cancer have been exposed to significant amounts of cigarette smoke. ...Read more

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Is pneuomonia a symptom of lung cancer?

Sometimes: Some lung cancers cause obstruction of the air passage with atelectasis=collapse and pneumonia as a result. If pneumonia does not resolve with usual treatment, ct scan and followup ct may be indicated to uncover a sneaky cancer. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy of lung cancer?

Depends on the stage: Depends on the stage of cancer, the biology , overall health condition of patients. Nowadays treatment of lung cancer is personalized based on the stage and biology of cancer. Patients can survive only for several months, a few /several years or could be cured in a very early stage. In a study, overall survival in stage IV non small cell lung cancer- is approximately 15 months. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of stage 1 lung cancer?

What is the survival rate of stage 1 lung cancer?

Depends on type: Survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual and depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer include what things?

Symptoms of lung cancer include what things?

Depcnds: Usually no symptoms in early stage. Late stage can have weight loss, chest wall pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, headaches, stroke-like symptoms, bone pains. ...Read more

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What is non-small cell lung cancer?

What is non-small cell lung cancer?

See below: Non-small cell lung cancer is a type of lung cancer that grows more slowly and can be operated on if diagnosed at an early stage. It generally has a better prognosis than small-cell lung cancer, but that is depending on the stage and comorbidities. ...Read more

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What is the difference between small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents the adenocarcinomas and squamous cell cancers requiring a different groujp of drugs that usually include the platinums and the newer monoclonal antibodies. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with mesothelioma lung cancer?

What is the survival rate of patients with mesothelioma lung cancer?

Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a very serious disease. Not an easy answer and depends on a number of factors (time and stage at diagnosis, age, surgical operability, other medical issues) 5year survival has been quoted between 5-10%; One international study found 21 month survival w Stage 1 to 12 months w Stage 4. Consider a team approach w surgeon, radiation & medical oncology, pathology, and radiology ...Read more

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Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs treatable?

Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs treatable?

Difficult.: It is treatable, but the cure rates are difficult once thyroid cancer has spread to the lungs. If this is not a hypothetical question for you or someone you know, there is limited data that a tyrosine kinase inhibitor may be helpful; it would at least be worth inquiring with your physician for their thoughts on the subject. ...Read more

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Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Malignant neoplasm of the breast which spread to the lung. The lung cancer is what type?

Same: With metastasis the distant lesion usually is the same histology -pathology as the primary. So breast adenocarcinomas will be the cell type in the chest- lung in the case cited. ...Read more

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Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Chances of metastasis to lung of stage II colon cancer?

Low but not zero: Stage ii colon cancer means no lymph node involvement by definition, but inadequate lymph node sampling (surgical resection) may "understage" the cancer, so make sure enough ln were taken -minimum of 12! even with appropriate surgery, mets may still occur, although very unusual, so discuss with your treating docs. A pet/ct may give some reassurance so ask if this can be done. ...Read more

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Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs cureable?

Is metastatic thyroid cancer of the lungs cureable?

Most likely not: Thyroid cancer that has spreaded to the lung is unlikely to be curable. However, there are treatments available to control the disease such as radioactive iodine if the cancer cells would pick up iodine. Patient can be treated and maintained with good quality life for many many years with repeat treatment if necessary. ...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. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more