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End Stage Lung Cancer Symptoms
Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced, thus the potential benefit of screening methods in patients at risk. When symptoms happen, they are lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please don't. ...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
Depends: Early stage lung cancer can be asymptomatic or no symptoms. Often it is found incidentally by chest xray or chest ct scan. Ct scan screening for high risk patients has shown to be effective. Larger cancers can cause symptoms such as bleeding (hemoptysis), wheezing, weight loss and other symptoms. ...Read more
Small cell is worst or fastest.
Other cel types may be slow - out to years. ...Read more
Lung cancer takes years to develop from the time of initial insult. The insult may be smoking, asbestos exposure or radiation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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
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
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
Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent.
hemoptysis- coughing blood
pain in apex or chest wall
shortness of breath.
Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes,
to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...Read more
Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more
Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop. ...Read more
Local & systemic: Cancer in general has local symptoms that are the result of the physical presence of an abnormal mass: obstruction, destruction or compression of airways, ducts, nerves, bones etc. Cancer also has systemic effects such as weight loss and sometimes the production of hormone-like substances that mimic various endocrine disorders. All becomes worse with mets ...Read more
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
Pleurisy is pain: When taking a deep breath or coughing. While I agree with drs thompson & toloza, lung cancers can invade the chest wall and do this, but it is not common. Pleuritic pain is more common with infection (pneumonia & empyema) and large pulmonary embolus (blood clot to lung). ...Read more
Depends: That depends on where the tumor is: if it is spread to a vital organ, it will causes symptoms there, such as a headache if it is in the brain. If the tumor presses on the airway, it can block that part of the lung and cause pneumonia. If it blocks a blood vessel, it can cause problems with blood flow, etc. So, it depends on where it is. ...Read more
I doubt it: Lung cancer is always worrisome. I would not jump to conclusions. If you smoke, your chances of cancer are greater than those who do not. If you do not smoke, then the pain can have many different causes. If worried get cxr. Lung cancer does not cause pain and even end stage people rarely complain of pain, rather sob or hematemesis. You could have simply strained the chest muscles. Fear not. ...Read more
No single answer: Cough, chest pain, blood in sputim, shortness of breath, weight loss are all possible symptoms of lung cancer, but are not exclusive to lung cancer. As the disease can spread to other organs, headache, weakness or numbness may signify involvement of the brain, pain in bones may signify bone involvement. ...Read more
15-20%: Over 100 cigarretes/lifetime, risk 15-20%over lifetimeGet a more detailed answer ›
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
I am 16 years old and I smoked for about 2 years on and off, mostly a social smoker (have stopped) can I get lung cancer
Could lung cancer (of any type) not show up on an X-ray after 14 months of symptoms? (Theoritical question not for diag.)
Yes: Especially, adenocarcinomas in the apex can be very small and hide behind other structures. ...Read more
Lung cancer in my twenties? Smoker since 13, no symptoms but I have heard that the first state of lung cancer dosent show any symptoms.
True: First you are very young to have lung cancer at such a young age. Stage I lung cancer is contained to the lung and has not spread to the drainage system like lymphs nodes. Some of those are taken during surgery to determine how extensive the cancer is. A pet scan may also be used to determine the stage of caner. Talk to your doctor, risk factors are probably the key for early detection. ...Read more
3 years of non specific symptoms then diagnosis of small cell lung cancer. What is likelihood of 3 year of symptoms relating to sclc? Thank you.
Zero: I'm sorry about your cancer. Small-cell grows very fast, usually from nothing, and folks typically remember symptoms beginning days or a few weeks before diagnosis. The cough, weight loss, and malaise that may herald this illness are also those of emphysema from the smoking that usually causes small-cell. I hope you get effective treatment and with today's Rx perhaps great luck. ...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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