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Does COPD always lead to lung cancer?

Does COPD always lead to lung cancer?

No: COPD and lung cancer are two totally different things but both are certainly tied to smoking. COPD doesn't lead to lung cancer, but quite often when someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, there is some degree of COPD found. ...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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Copd leads to lung cancer?

Copd leads to lung cancer?

Unlikely: While COPD does not cause lung cancer, the factors (smoking, for example) that cause COPD can also cause lung cancer. ...Read more

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Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Deep breath: Not likely. However, if this is a persistent problem, you should have a chest x-ray to start and see your physician. ...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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If someone with emphysema or copd, and then gets lung cancer, how low is the survival rate?

If someone with emphysema or copd, and then gets lung cancer, how low is the survival rate?

Low...: Lung cancer has a low survival rate regardless of whether or not COPD is also present. By the time a person has symptoms, the cancer is already advanced so the best cure rate is when it is found before there are any symptoms. Because of this, the best approach is to stop smoking or never start since the prognosis is terrible once symptoms are present! ...Read more

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I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?

I had a mcrp Mri and it  showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases.  Could this be lung cancer or copd?

Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of some reason. This can be seen with foreign objects in airways, scarring, infiltration or poor lung airway movement. ...Read more

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I have had bad allergies). or does it sound like it could be COPD or lung cancer or something?

I have had bad allergies). or does it sound like it could be COPD or lung cancer or something?

Can't tell: Sounds like nothing because you have provided no info. Anyways, I suggest you visit your physician if you have a persistent physical problem. We cannot make an accurate diagnosis online. You need a physical exam and maybe some tests. Best to you and for what it's worth, I know how bad allergies are in TX so I hope it's nothing more serious than that. ...Read more

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What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too. ?

What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too. ?

God only knows: That is a question that no doctor or anyone else can answer for you. There are averages but the best thing is to speak to your oncologist. Also read DrAtul Gwande's book "Being Mortal". ...Read more

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My husband has severe COPD and lung cancer. He is now getting delirium and body twitches. His mind is not there most of the time. What's this?

My husband has severe COPD and lung cancer. He is now getting delirium and body twitches. His mind is not there most of the time. What's this?

Possibilities...: When the lungs aren't able to work properly, the brain doesn't always get enough oxygen and low oxygen to the brain can cause what you describe. In addition, the carbon dioxide cannot be exhaled properly and high carbon dioxide can cause symptoms like you describe. Supplemental oxygen can help with the low oxygen and BiPAP can sometimes help the carbon dioxide level from getting too high. ...Read more

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Hello...I'm 42 with under active thyroid and just been told iv got copd..im worried as cancer runs through my family I lost my mum to lung cancer 2yr?

Never smoke: You should stop smoking if you have not already done that. COPD is chronic condition and can be managed and controlled with medicines. Key is smoking cessation. After smoking cessation its relatively easier to control COPD and your risk of Lung Cancer development keeps going down each year after. Make sure you truly have COPD by getting Pulmonary Funtion Test which is essential to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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30 years old-dyspnea for past 4 weeks-quit smoking after two weeks-chances of lung cancer? COPD?

30 years old-dyspnea for past 4 weeks-quit smoking after two weeks-chances of lung cancer? COPD?

Not now but...: It deoends on your smoking exposure. Don't touch the evil weed again ever. See a pulmonologist. Stay off of it. It is poison! ...Read more

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I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

Diagnosis....: There are diagnostic tests your doctor can order to be sure you don't have these conditions. For example, pulmonary function testing will show chronic obstruction if you have COPD and a chest CT can help rule out lung cancer and there is specific testing for cystic fibrosis. If you are smoking, you need to quit ASAP to lower the risk of COPD and lung CA. See a lung doctor for the testing you need ...Read more

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Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Possibly.: Radiation can injure the lung tissue. Therefore since COPD is already an injury they can be additive. The radiation doctor needs to know values for fvc and fev1 (tell you how good the lung is) and consider these in his planning for the radiation. The majority of lung cancer is in smokers and most have copd. So its just how bad it is and how much lung is going to be radiated. ...Read more

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Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?

Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because i'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd)  any suggesti?

Possibly repeat test: Occult testing often leads to false positives. Abnormal test results may occur after eating meat, a nosebleed or gum bleed. It does not necessarily indicate internal bleeding. With stage iiib lung cancer and severe copd, i suspect your doctor believes there is really no benefit to further testing due to these very severe illnesses that will probably limit lifespan. ...Read more

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Angioendema?Can it be caused by ACE inhibitors.Can a ACE test level be decreased in other conditions.Emphysema, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis.Copd ?

Angioendema?Can it be caused by ACE inhibitors.Can a ACE test level be decreased in other conditions.Emphysema, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis.Copd ?

ACE Inhibitors: Angiotensin converting enzyme (ace) inhibitors are the leading cause of drug-induced angioedema in the U.S. Because they are widely prescribed. Most common is swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, although episodic abdominal pain due to intestinal angioedema may occur. Urticaria and itching are notably absent. The rest of the question is too complex to address here. Thanks. ...Read more

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Extreme short of breath. My pulmonary doctor first diagnosed as asthma, then after more tests, says I have copd. How do I know it's not lung cancer?

Extreme short of breath.  My pulmonary doctor first diagnosed as asthma, then after more tests, says I have copd.  How do I know it's not lung cancer?

Be at peace: Say the same thing to your pulmonologist and he might order t scan of lungs 2nd opinion is worth too. Are you a smoker ? Loosing wt ? ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...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