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Dying From Lung Cancer Moaning In Sleep
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
My dad died of cancer that spread from his lip to lymph nodes to lung 47yo, gpa died of prostate cancer 79yo. Any studies linking cancer to genetics?
There are: There are several cancers that area related to genetics. The are about 5-15% of cancers. The bulk are not. In your case the key question is if your father was a smoker or not. This kind of cancer is not usually related to prostate cancer. The other important thing is that your mother's family history also is equally important as your father's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wake up can't move/breathe/feel something squeezing my chest. Young and in shape. Sleep paralysis or apnea? Hoping the squeezing isn't sudden death.
Not sudden death: Most likely this is sleep paralysis, just as you mentioned. Essentially, you are waking up in rapid eye movement when your body is paralyzed by active inhibition from your brain but your mind is active, and eyes are moving rapidly, with dream like activity or awake consciousness happening. Probably not something to worry about too much but consult a sleep physician if it continues or worries you. ...Read more
What are signs of lung cancer, smoker nine years grandma died from it inhalers not helping for asthma pressure when breathing?
Coughing blood: Chronic cough, recurrent pneumonia, bloody sputum, weight loss, and hoarseness are some symptoms of lung cancer. You are young with asthma so one of the best things you could do to help prevent this from ever happening to you is to quit smoking. There are a lot of ways we can help you! There are medications, support groups, acupuncture, and even hypnotism that have all been successful in helping ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mum has large mass (colorectal cancer mestasis to lung) in her lung that is pushing up against her esophagus. No more Chemo. Life expectancy?
Approx 1 yr.: An assumption that primary has been resected. As such what is in lung will stay in lung. With esophageal compression, tube feedings may be used for nourishment. Then if FOLFIERI not used should be employed followed by drugs like Erbitux, Avastin, (bevacizumab) Zaltrap and when these fail may be candidate for monoclonal Neo102 followed by Neo 201. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could be commuted: Until recently, colon cancer metastases in the liver were invariably fatal within a few years. However, there are some new biotechnology findings that suggest this may no longer always be the case. Your oncologist would be the person to ask. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Recently read that smokers who suddenly lose the urge to smoke could be in early stage of lung cancer ? Is this true in all cases?
No: Most smokers continue to smoke even after the initial diagnosis of lung cancer is made. Once it sinks in, and they get pressure from the family members, they decide to quit. Surprisingly, a significant number start smoking again after treatment, thinking the problem is gone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
25 year old with family history of smoking. My father died of lung cancer at the age of 47, my paternal grandpa died of acute respiratory failure at the age of 76, and my maternal grandpa died of prostate cancer at the age of 80. What and when should I te
Time to quit smoking: The hx you give includes various unrelated & common afflictions. The only one you have direct influence on is the lung cancer. Regular history review & general exam by a trusted primary care provider is where you start the process. Any testing must be targeted to the specifics of your issues at the time. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
There is rare inherited mutation that gives you 1 in 3 lifetime chance of developing lung cancer even in non smokers. For someone with anxiety and lost mom to bac lung cancer should I test?
Which gene?: Egfr t790m's actual risk is unknown since nobody knows how many people without lung cancer carry the mutation. Even li fraumeni doesn't approach a 1/3 risk of lung cancer. And what would you do with this information if you had it? Hopefully you will always be a non-smoker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mum diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Mass in upper right airway caused major blockage. Iressa (gefitinib) treatment opens up airway. Any chances of recovery?
Targeted therapy: Newer targeted therapy agents can be quite beneficial for some patients with lung cancer. This is especially true in female never smokers who may have selected mutations that can be easily targeted with these drugs. However, unfortunately stage IV lung cancer is not curable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Squamous cell carcinoma esophageal cancer prsently spreaded in wind pipe 25mm distance of heart the tumer growth is 11cm is now any chnces of cure.?
Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand. Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The prognosis will depend on the stage and the type/ biology of the lung cancer. The type of treatments, the response to the treatments as well as patient's overall condition prior to the treatment started are also important factors. Depending to the above factors- patients with lung cancers can live from only a few /several months to several years or can be cured in the very early stage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung cancer: Most patients with lung cancer esp stage 4 or advanced lung cancer carry a poor prognosis and survival is 12-15 months average with modern era chemotherapy. It can lead to progressive generalized weakness, fatigue and failure to thrive. Your friends stage and health status will determine his outcome. The role of chemotherapy is palliative;tarceva/iressa can work in nonsmokers w egfr mutations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some Types: There is growing evidence that some types of lung cancer can be genetically inherited. These are types of adenocarcinoma that are linked to genetic mutations in a protein called egfr. Often these lung cancers manifest in younger people who are never smokers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stigma attached to cancer is that it's a sure death sentence. Do more people die than survive from cancer? Does cancer = death?
2/3 cured: When i was a kid, 2 out of 6 cancers were cured. This doesn't count trivial skin cancers. In my med school days it was 3 out of 6. Now it's 4 out of six. This is mostly about earlier detection and the drop in the less-curable lung cancer from less smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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