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End Stage Lung Cancer Can T Move Legs
I have lung cancer but, my right leg is so so painful harder to move walk sleep pain meds are not helping?
Seek Palliative care: A good pain specialist can control your pain. So you must seek medical advice from a palliative care specialist. Alternatively ask for help from a Pain specialist (they are available in every hospital whereas Pall. Care expertise is not always available in smaller hospitals. ...Read more
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
Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?
47 yr old male non smoker w/ masses in both lungs from 4 - 6 mm found on ct. Mass on back of calf 6-7 CM leg 1/2 size of other calf. Lung cancer famil?
My dad has severe water retention with swollen ankles and legs. He was just diagnosed with lung cancer. How can he be helped with the endema?
78 yrd uncle has lung cancer bone mets now weakness in legs, blood transfusions 3 x pwk & referred to palliative team. How long left approx.?
Difficult to say: I'm sorry to hear about your uncle. We try to refrain from "predicting" when an individual may succumb to an illness because truly there are too many factors coming into play. That being said, usually palliative care referrals imply that the patient is not expected to survive more than 6-12 weeks more. We don't have crystal balls and frequently patients surprise us. ...Read more
Stage 4 lung cancer no chemo tumor grew & cancer spread, clinical trial only now, on oxygen for sob, blood clots in legs, what is life expectancy?
Hard to say/depends.: At this stage of lung cancer, the options are limited as is survival. If treatment is done, it's usually chemotherapy and radiation and/or surgery after adjuvant chemotherapy. There are certainly trials out there and I would recommend talking to your doctor before starting any, but the chance for success is likely limited, as the 5 year survival of stage IV is <5%, but it doesn't hurt to try. ...Read more
Doctors said I have anxiety. Scared that I have lung cancer which makes me think it's cause a blood clot cause my calf hurts. Could this be anxiety?
GO TO ER If: If you are obese or sedentary, have new onset calf pain with redness/swelling /pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, anxiety, bluish skin. These could be signs not of cancer but a clot traveling from leg to lung which is a pulmonary embolism. Life threatening. Please seek medical attention immediately. You are describing classic signs. Better safe than sorry. Take care ...Read more
Gen anaesthetic in Aug14 for knee op. Woke up with lung sharp pain on breathing lasted 2 weeks. Still suffering fatigue. Clear pet Oct16. Lung cancer?
Atelectasis: Gen Anesthesia w/ breathing tube and controlled ventilation can cause the normal lung to be under inflated during surgery. Once you are awake and breathing spontaneously the lungs re inflate to normal capacity. This can cause some pain esp if you are a smoker, Asthmatic, Obese, Obstructive sleep apnea, not physically fit. If pain and fatigue cont. See your PCP. ...Read more
Bad news: Prognosis is grim, but I would suggest in the interim good symptom control through a palliative care line or hospice care. A variety of factors play in determining life expectancy, that is usually in such cases less than 6 months. ...Read more
God only knows: Depends on the kind of cancer, how aggressive it behaves, which organs it involves, how healthy (or sick) is the patient, and many other factors. The focus should be on establishing the best quality of life for whatever time they get, be it a day or a year. Hospice is perfectly suited for this situation. Sorry if it's about a loved one. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on the stage of the disease, the presence of metastases, and the overall condition of the patient. ...Read more
It varies: It would depend on where it has spread and what kind it is. Also, the patients nutrition would factor in also. Remember, it is not how far your are from the beginning; it is the distance from the end; and no one knows that. That is true for anyone in good health or with terminal lung cancer. Make the best of whatever time that is left. ...Read more
What happens in the last few stages of terminal lung cancer so I know what to expect please? She is on 24hr oxygen.
Unpredictable: Lungs may fail with shortness of breath and blue skin. Right side of heart may fail with shortness of breath and fluid overload. Bain metastasis may cause headache or coma. Infection may be sudden and cause padding in hours. Cherish each day. Discuss her wishes for the last days. I m glad you had one another. ...Read more
May be good: Without complete details, difficult to tell. Having lung cancer is bad. Having lung cancer that is amenable to surgical removal is a far better situation. If following evaluation and bronchoscopy your team feels you are a surgical candidate for removal, it is good. Best survival in lung cancer is lung cancer that can be surgically removed (resectable cancer). ...Read more
Is there a law that helps me because I have to take time off work to help my father who has stage 4 terminal lung cancer?
Ask social worker: Sorry about your mom. There are both federal and state laws that may apply. Ask your employer or your mom's social worker (if on hospice or palliative care they can also provide or refer to one) about information and how to apply for fmla (the family medical leave act) and also about any state laws/regulations that may apply. ...Read more
Grandpa 80 has terminal lung cancer. Was prescribed percocet, oxycodone er, and flexeril. Are these ok to be taken together?
While it not zero...: It is remarkably reduced, and closer to the people who never smoked, and life is not a pursuit with zero risk. We try to control the things that we can, and sometimes young folks foolishly start to smoke not realizing the hazard, especially that once hooked it is hard to quit. Also, it's number of years and packs smoked not age stopping. ...Read more
If I smoked in my 20s then moved away from major cities and pollution at 40, is my risk for lung cancer high?
Higher than normal:
Any time you smoke, you increase the risk of lung cancer. Even if you quit, the risk is still higher than someone who has never smoked.
But, this doesn't mean that you should, then, keep smoking. The sooner you stop smoking the better. And the issue of whether someone develops lung cancer or not depends on many factors in addition to smoking, such as genetic disposition, etxc. But stop smoking. ...Read more
How do I figure out what caused my eating disorder? I think it could be due to the passing of my grandma/my nana having terminal lung cancer?
I am sorry to: Hear about your grandmother. It is hard to deal with death of a loved 1 at any age, but at 16 it is really tough. When we mourn, we often lose our appetite which is why most religions include food during wakes. U don't say how long it has been since your grandmother passed away, but if U have developed an eating disorder, talk 2 your parents & get professional help. ...Read more
Hi, I have been smoking for more or less 5 years an average of 5-6 cigarettes a day. Now I stopped since 1 year. Do I have a high lung cancer risk?
Check this smoking study:Results: There were 37, 078 women in the analytic cohort. Compared with the never smokers, former smokers had an elevated lung cancer risk (relative risk, 6.6; 95% confidence interval, 5.0 to 8.7) up to 30 years after smoking cessation for all former smokers
http://jco. Ascopubs. Org/content/21/5/921.abstract ...Read more
What is outcome for patient with end stage metastatic lung cancer & extreme pleural thickening (benign)? Has to have injections to liquefy & extract.
Metastatic lung Ca: ...Is fatal in nearly all circumstances but the time course varies on tumor type, treatment and what organs are involved in the spread. The fluid in the chest may or maynot have cancer cells, but is likely malignancy associated at least. Repeat drainage procedures are reasonable. A catheter that remains in place is an option if it recurs frequently. Pleurodesis is option, but look at risk/benefit. ...Read more
pain under my left rib every now and then and it's painful and this morning I moved to get out of bed and sharp pain on left side is it lung cancer?
I have pain in left side of chest. I smoked weed for around 3 years but stopped, I'm 22 now. Could it be chostochondritis? Lung cancer or something else?
You bet!: There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences. Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it. ...Read more
What is the Life expectancy of terminal lung cancer which has metastisized to liver and bone. Cancer originated in lungs.
My mom smoked for about 6 years but stopped 20 years ago. Is she still at risk for lung cancer or anything?
Yes: Stopping is great, and she will be less at risk than had she continued, but still some. ...Read more
My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone, doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? Or is the damage
I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times
Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer.
But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications
Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others.
Condolences and best wishes ...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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