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What are the most common signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

What are the most common signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

Cough: The most common symptom is cough, followed by shortness of breath, chest pain, and weight loss. Other findings would be related to metastatic disease, like headache, bone pain, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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


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I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

Probably not: Lung cancer in non smokers your age is extremely rare. If the cough persists you should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and/or a pulmonary physician. There are many causes of persistent cough the vast majority of them are benign. If you cough up any blood you should certainly be evaluated by a pulmonary physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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What are some of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

What are some of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer?

Chest symptoms: Lung Cancer can present with varied chest symptoms like persistent cough, hoarseness, chest pain or shortness of breath. In many cases the symptoms may come due to metastases and these can go to Bones(causing pain in the bones) or spread to brain and this can present with a seizure or headaches. ...Read more

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My chest occasionally hurts. i was just coughing cause water went down the wrong way. and it was hurting real bad. is this a sign of lung cancer?

Chest pain: This is not a sign of lung cancer. Violent cough can cause chest wall bruising and pain. The pain usually fades away with time ( days to few weeks) ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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I heard that clubbed fingers are a sign of lung cancer. Would it be very clear if I had club fingers?

I heard that clubbed fingers are a sign of lung cancer. Would it be very clear if I had club fingers?

Clubbing digits: Clubbing can be acquired or inherited. Clubbing that is acquired is usually due to lung or heart disease but may be secondary to gastrointestinal disease. It is not specific for lung cancer but can be present in patients with lung cancer. Clubbing refers to an increase in tissue of the pads of the fingertips and loss of the normal angle the nail base makes with the finger. It can be seen on exam. ...Read more

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Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Dx 8 mos ago stg4 lung cancer what is life expectancy from here dr stopped chemo not working, cancer grew spread. Clinical trial now. On o2 sob cough?

Ask your doctor: Lung cancer usually shortens the life of the patient. If as you say the cancer is spreading and you've moved to an unproven clinical trial regimen, it depends on the effectiveness of the drugs and your health. Response is variable. I hope you are able to speak with your close friends and family members about your wishes for those times when you cannot speak. Sob on oxygen, that may be soon. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See dermatologist for check ups
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Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

Does lung cancer brain metastised tumors treated with the gamma knife extend survival if the tumors shrink and show no signs after a three month perio?

A good sign: The use of gamma knife to treat brain tumor suggests the brain lesion was a small? Was it only one lesion? Siezure, headache? Decadron? It is hard to tell about overall survival. It is encouraging to know that the tumor shrank after 3 months of treatment how much shrinking?I presume that you are talking about the lung lesions. Enjoy today, count your blessings, let tomorrow worry about itself. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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