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Can lung cancer be diagnosed with scans and blood work alone or is a biopsy necessary?

Can lung cancer be diagnosed with scans and blood work alone or is a biopsy necessary?

Get a biopsy: Several conditions of the lung may have overlapping features presenting as a discrete lesion on imaging. If biopsy is possible, it is the best way to confirm or rule out a cancer. ...Read more

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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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?

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

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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

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

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Does testing positive on the early cdt lung cancer mage 4 suggests I have cancer? Ct was clear. All blood work ok

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

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Have symptoms of lung cancer, heart issues, PE and after xray, blood work and echcogradiogram, Drs say anxiety. Can anxiety cause all of these?

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 sounds: Like you have had an extensive medical workup. If all of these tests are normal, rest assured and see your doctor for follow up. Anxiety and panic can absolutely cause you to have symptoms compatible with other disease processes. ...Read more

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If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods.?

If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods.?

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

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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

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

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Lung cancer and blood in your urine?

Lung cancer and blood in your urine?

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

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Is it possible to find lung cancer in a blood test?

Is it possible to find lung cancer in a blood test?

Generally not: Chest x-ray
ct scan
sputum cell histology
there are some general cancer markers. ...Read more

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Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Not really: Bleeding or hemoptysis occurs when a tumor erodes the lining of one of the airways or bronchi causing bleeding. This can happen in any stage of lung cancer. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...Read more

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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

What does coughing blood mean -- 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

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25yrsold, 9yrsmokinghistory, coughed up tar and an isolated spot of blood, small amount, clearcxr, no othersymptoms, lung cancer?? Lungs xound clear also

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

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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?

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

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Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

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

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Is it common for lung cancer patients to be spitting up blood?

Is it common for lung cancer patients to be spitting up blood?

Not rare: Depends on location, size, type of cancer. Lung cancer may not have symptoms, but can have cough that doesn't go away, shortness of breath, pain in chest, or symptoms related to spread of disease. ...Read more

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Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Can be: But is also seen with many other problems related to lungs and heart, sometimes as "simple" as a bronchitis. It should be evaluated, though. It can be something serious, especially if the patient is a smoker. Do you smoke? Hope not....
Best to you. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

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

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25, 9 pack history, clearcxr, coughed small spot of blood, lung cancer?? Clear throat Alot

25, 9 pack history, clearcxr, coughed small spot of blood, lung cancer?? Clear throat Alot

Not yet: It takes about 20+ years of smoking before Cancer shows up in your throat or in the lungs. This is high time to quit before lightening strokes and you may not have another opportunity to quit smoking in order to regain good healath. ...Read more

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Lung cancer late symptom are cough with blood weight loss what are the earlier symptoms?

Lung cancer late symptom are cough with blood weight loss what are the earlier symptoms?

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

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