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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. 

Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. anorexia, expectorating pure blood. chronic spasmodic coughing,etc. this is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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10 years exposure of toxic black mold.suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. lung Cancer?

10 years exposure of toxic black mold.suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. lung Cancer?

Not necessarily: you need to be evaluated and followed up by pulmonologists and allergists, given the few information you provided, unfortunately we cannot be of much help on this platform except guiding you which way to go, good luck ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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I have a question about lung cancer?

I have a question about lung cancer?

Ok: Ok, if you have a question then please ask it rather then asking whether you can ask the question. ...Read more

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Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality. ...Read more

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What organs does lung cancer attack?

What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands. ...Read more

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Could i get lung cancer when i'm 25?

Could i get lung cancer when i'm 25?

Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time. ...Read more

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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing out blood, shortness of breath, weight loss or pain are usually late and signify advanced disease. Chest x-ray and ct can detect lung cancer in earlier stages. ...Read more

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Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Multiple factors: Nonsmokers as well as smokers can develop lung cancer, a disorder that involves genetic and other factors. Smoking is a major contributing cause but other mechanisms come into play such a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

Smoking: Although three are some common causes of lung cancer by far the most common culprit is cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can  a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe, or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid, one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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How can someone have lung cancer and know?

CT scan: High risk patients such as heavy active or former smokers and age greater than 50 may benefit from a screening low dose chest cat scan. ...Read more

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What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist ...Read more

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What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving severe lung cancer?

How likely is surviving severe lung cancer?

Depends: Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely. ...Read more

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What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

What  exercises  done  toprevent lung cancer?

Health/no smoking.: Apart from a healthy lifestyle, like diet and exercise, the best thing to do would be to refrain from smoking anything. Countless studies have shown that people whjo do not smoke have a greatly reduced risk of lung cancer. There are some types, like bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, that is more common in female non-smokers, but overall, lung cancer is associated with smoking. ...Read more

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How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

Often asymptomatic: Early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms are generally late and not present early as you are "getting lung cancer". The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy. ...Read more

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Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Yes but: Yes, lung cancer is technically possible at almost any age but much more common in older adults. The average age is 70-71 and under 50 it is very rare and under 40 extremely rare. My personal youngest patient was 24. ...Read more

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Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

Which tests are good for detecting lung cancer?

CT: Low dose ct-scan under appropriate guideline protocol at institution with a comprehensive thoracic oncology program. http://goo.gl/ywqge. ...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


Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more