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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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Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Short answer...: No. While asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, most exposed individuals don't get lung cancer or any of the other problems linked to asbestos. Think of it like this, most traffic deaths occur in people in cars, but most people who drive/ride in cars don't die in accidents. Not the perfect analogy, but it helps convey the difference between exposure to a risk factor and getting the disease. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Yes, tobacco use in: Any form increases the risk of cancer. The risk of lung cancer in pipe smokers is not as high as in cigarette smokers, but is higher than in non-smokers. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm. ...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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Can mesothelioma lead to lung cancer?

Can mesothelioma lead to lung cancer?

Yes: Mesothelioma is actually a type of cancer; this cancer affects the lining of the lung and can be very difficult to treat. It usually occurs in smokers who have had asbestos exposure; sometimes the asbestos exposure may have occurred many years ago. ...Read more

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Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed cause someone to have lung cancer?

Can smoking weed cause someone to have lung cancer?

Smoking: It is possible. Smoking like that is unfiltered which delivers irritants to the lung that can be a trigger for development of cancers. ...Read more

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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs. ...Read more

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How can lung cancer usually lead to death?

How can  lung cancer usually lead to death?

Varies: Most patients who die of lung cancer develop metastatic disease, or cancer in organs other than the lung. Common sites include the bones, brain, and liver. As the tumor grows, the functioning of these organs is compromised. This can lead to death. Patients also have a general decline, with cachexia frequently due to substances called cytokines released by the cancer. ...Read more

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Is it difficult to travel with lung cancer and emphysema?

Is it difficult to travel with lung cancer and emphysema?

A little bit: Traveling with lung disease can be slightly more complicated. Planning for routine medications, including oxygen takes some advanced planning. Discuss your plans with both your pulmonologist and your travel medicine specialist prior to booking the tickets. If you need oxygen while flying you need to arrange for special canisters or machines. Also plan how to mange a flare up at your destination. ...Read more

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Does lung cancer always effect oxygen levels.

No.: Lung cancer only affects oxygen levels when the disease is advanced. You are born with lots of "extra" lung so that the disease has to be advanced, erode a major vessel or obstruct a major airway before you see breathing symptoms. ...Read more

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Does lung inflammation from lupus automatically mean i will get interstitual lung disease or restrictive lung disease?

Does lung inflammation from lupus automatically mean i will get interstitual lung disease or restrictive lung disease?

See below: If you have pleurisy, it does not mean that you will or will not develop interstitial lung disease but your doctor who knows you best could better answer this question. ...Read more

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Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?

Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Is it possible to have breast cancer cells in lung cancer?

Yes: It means the origin of the tumor is from the breast. It is a primary breast cancer that has spread or metastasized to the lung. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

Depends: Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have incurable lung cancer?

What does it mean to have incurable lung cancer?

Cancer remains: In general, incurable means that the cancer is advanced and can not be removed or treated to the point that it disappears. That said, there are times when patients with "incurable" diseases (including cancer) can live many years with ongoing treatments to keep the disease (or cancer) from progressing. Unfortunately, for lung cancer, this is often the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer have to do with homeostasis?

What does lung cancer have to do with homeostasis?

Artificial question: All cancers are the result of accumulated genetic mutations in a line of cells, and unless you are treated with surgery, radiation and/or evidence-based chemotherapy for lung cancer, it will kill you. The word "homeostasis" is misused by charlatans. Anyone who tells you otherwise, or that they have something that "will restore homeostasis naturally" without scientific rx is deceiving you. ...Read more

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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