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Does Lung Cancer Show Up In Blood Work
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
If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?
Yes and no: When Cancer starts to spread, it begins as clusters of cells that form tiny colonies in other body parts. These will grow in size over a few months to become visible on X-rays and various diagnostic imaging tests such as CT scan and or PET scan. Blood tests do not show cancer cells, so we rely on the above imaging tests and repeat them periodically (every 2-3 months) to monitor for the tumor growt ...Read more
What is the likelihood of having lung cancer with a clear chest xray and normal blood work? Only real symptom is SOB but clear Echo 15 months ago
Not likely at 32: At 32, it's very unlikely that you have lung cancer. Especially if you have no weight loss, no sweats and are not coughing up any blood. If you smoke, you can further reduce your risk by quitting! There are many causes for shortness of breath, so talk to your doctor about any further evaluation you might need. ...Read more
Does testing positive on the early cdt lung cancer mage 4 suggests I have cancer? Ct was clear. All blood work ok
Proof no...: The data of this test/technology is still preliminary. With the current data we have, the word "suggest" would be accurate. Antibody biochemical assays may identify the presence of tumor/cancer years before they are large enough to find by radiology; therefore before we can actually treat. If used, results should be integrated into overall risk assessment, screening, surveillance. ...Read more
Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues, PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?
It might--or not: Advanced lung cancer would show on x-ray. Earlier cancers are better seen with ct scans. If you have been a heavy smoker for 15 or more years, your risk is certainly much higher of a cancer than a non-smoker. Non-smoking related cancers occur, but usually in much older individuals. ...Read more
Had a cough and back pain for 12 weeks had xrays and bloods. All fine. Respitory specialist not concerned if I had lung cancer. Would it show on xray?
It may: Spiral ct is a better diagnostic tool. ...Read more
I don't smoke. I have had a mild dry cough for past 3 weeks. Blood test and chest xray shows normal. No chest pain. Could it be lung cancer? I'm worried
Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...Read more
Not related likely: Most likely blood in the urine is not related to your lung cancer. Go to see your doctor to eval why you have blood in the urine- infection? Stone? Etc. Are you receiving chemo? Sometimes- medication include chemo can cause irritation on the bladder/cystitis. Discuss with your doctor re-above problem- get some work-up and go from there. An imaging like sono kidney or ct scan may be needed. ...Read more
Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have 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
Lung cancer: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
25yrsold, 9yrsmokinghistory, coughed up tar and an isolated spot of blood, small amount, clearcxr, no othersymptoms, lung cancer?? Lungs xound clear also
Unlikely: One of the best decisions you can ever make is to stop smoking now. There are innumerable negative health effects associated with smoking. With that being said, your presentation is more consistent with bronchitis, a small amount of blood is no cause for worry. Lung cancer in a young person is highly unlikely, follow up with your doctor for persistent blood or worsening symptoms. ...Read more
Had paid and dry cough in rt lung for 2.5 months. Had xrays & bloods done. All ok. Lft to be done in october. Could I have lung cancer. Very worried?
Not likely: If you have a normal chest x-ray, then you are not likely to have lung cancer, at least not an obvious tumor which could explain your persistent cough. Yet if you cough persists, you need an ongoing medical evaluation and treatment to control it. Sometimes it can be a symptom of asthma or acid reflux. So go see your doctor again till the cause has been found and treated. ...Read more
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
If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer
Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more
I took a early cdt lung blood tests and the P53 autoantibody was the only one slightly elevated what does that mean? Have I got lung cancer?
Nobody knows: These are experimental and nobody knows what various levels mean. These markers are infamous for false positives and I would not get this test on a fishing expedition even if it were free. Without a lung lesion visible on imaging, this information is useless. If you feel well and are not losing weight of coughing up blood, be thankful and forget about it. ...Read more
Slight dry cough 3 months & up right back pain. 3 clear xrays, bloods and lft. All normal. Really worried it could be lung cancer.
Probably okay: If you are a non-smoker and cxray okay. Next step is ct lung if concern persists. ...Read more
No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amounts of weight and may pass away from infection, sometimes they become increasingly short of breath or they may just fall asleep and not wake up. The way they pass is not important it is how they pass. It should be relatively pain and anxiety free. ...Read more
None: It is rare for early lung cancer to have symptoms at all. The vast majority of patients with symptoms unfortunately have advanced, incurable disease. There are data suggesting that screening may be of help in certain high risk populations but at the end, reducing risk by not participating in the consumption of tobacco products is the best you can do. Be healthy. ...Read more
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
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