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Doctor insights on: Do You Lose Your Hair If You Have Lung Cancer

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How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

How long will it take for my skin and hair to go back to normal after radiation and chemo for lung cancer?

Weeks to Months: If the skin had a sunburn effect it take a few weeks after radiation to get back to normal. Hair takes longer with chemotherapy. When i see patients at the first follow up check at about 4 months there is hair beginning to grow about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch. It can also come back in different texture curly or straight opposite of what it was. Radiation to the head along with chemo slows it even more. ...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 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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I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

Eat: Eat smaller meals throughout the day and try to drink boost or ensure "milkshakes" three times a day. There are medicines to help you as well talk to your oncologist. http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/side-effect-management/loss-of-appetite.html ...Read more

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Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Yes: Loosing voice can be due to direct invasion of the larynx (far from lung) or laryngeal nerve compression or damage ( recurrent laryngeal nerve in the chest). Advanced cancer can be pressing on this nerve and cause voice loss. If there is no voice loss to start with, it is unusual for radiation to damage the nerve in typical dose fractionation. ...Read more

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Mother died bac lung cancer at 47. She was light cig smoker. I quit (12 year heavy marijuana use) months ago. What are my chances of lc - when to start screening with lose dose CT scans?

Mother died bac lung cancer at 47. She was light cig smoker. I quit (12 year heavy marijuana use) months ago. What are my chances of lc - when to start screening with lose dose CT scans?

You are at risk for: developing lung cancer in your lifetime. We do not currently know the conversion factor for pot smoking that is equivalent to 30pk/yrs of tobacco abuse but smoking pot probably exposes lungs to similar carcinogens as cigarettes Death of a first degree relative from lung cancer esp at young age puts you at significant risk Typically screening would start at 55 but considering family hx poss sooner ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing out blood, shortness of breath, weight loss or pain are usually late and signify advanced disease. Chest x-ray and ct can detect lung cancer in earlier stages. ...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)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more