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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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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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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. Randy Stevens
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What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Dr. Kris Gast
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What are the end symptoms of someone with lung cancer?

What are the end symptoms of someone with lung cancer?

End of life lung ca: The end of life with any cancer can be very similar, but for lung cancer patients it usually goes something like this:they have pain, pain meds are given, they quit eating, they sleep more and more and when they are awake they have pain or can't breath so more pain meds are given, which causes them to sleep more.The last few days are filled with sleep& irregular breathing hopefully with pain controlld. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me i had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me i had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non specific signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Wee
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What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common. Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise. ...Read more

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late. ...Read more

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Dr. Vinod Shidham
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Are there any symptoms of lung cancer?

Are there any symptoms of lung cancer?

May be!: Lung cancer may be without symptoms initially. As it advances, the symptoms may range from blood in sputum with-cough to shortness of breath to chest pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often none: Lung cancer is often asymptomatic, resulting in late stage diagnosis. The following links may assist you in each portion of your question: http://goo.Gl/2yuxg and http://goo.Gl/vvhhy and http://goo.Gl/gu9ms. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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What are the first symptoms of lung cancer?

Nothing specific: You cannot rely on symptoms for early detection. A ct scan of the chest is an effective screening tool in high risk individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more


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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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