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Dr. Steven Hebert
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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My sister has fluid on her lungs, she has cancer in her abdomen wall and has spread to her nodules. how long to live?

Dr. Steven Hebert
Board Certified, Pathology
24 years in practice
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My sister has fluid on her lungs, she has cancer in her abdomen wall and has spread to her nodules. how long to live?

Life span: There is no one but God that knows the number of days we each have but you are describing someone with a terminal disease process. I would advise your sister to get her affairs in order. There is no way to know exact how long she will live. Best of luck to you and your sister. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that occur in almost any organ or tissue in the body. Symptoms depend on the location of the cancer, and cancer often has the potential to grow and spread to other ...Read more


Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Does fluid in the lungs be related to kidney cancer?

Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Does fluid in the lungs be related to kidney cancer?

Not directly: Fluid in the lungs may be related to fluid overload if the kidneys are not functioning, may be related to coincidental heart disease, or may be related to inflammation in the lung, from pneumonia or blood clot. Kidney cancer may be associated with an increased risk of blood clot which could break off and travel to the lung. If there is shortness of breath or pain in the chest, see md immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Glenn Messina
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
30 years in practice
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Please tell me can fluid on lungs be a sign of cancer?

Dr. Glenn Messina
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
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Please tell me can fluid on lungs be a sign of cancer?

Maybe probably not: Fluid around the lungs is often secondary to infection, trauma, heart failure The build up of fluid in the pericardium may be due to heart failure, a viral illness, pneumonia but its not that likely. The fluid should be drained and tested they can see is cancer cells are in there and what it is composed of. Don't panic ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Ovadia
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
18 years in practice
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Chest tube insertion to drain fluid in lungs - is that usually a cancer sign?

Dr. Philip Ovadia
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
18 years in practice
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Chest tube insertion to drain fluid in lungs - is that usually a cancer sign?

Maybe, maybe not: Fluid can develop around the lung for many reasons, most common being cancer, infection and heart failure. Most of the time when a chest tube or needle is used to drain the fluid, tests will be done to determine what caused the fluid to accumulate which will then determine what other treatment may be necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
21 years in practice
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Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
21 years in practice
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Pleural effusion in a pt with lung cancer. Do you drain it?

Only if symptomatic: High likelihood for recurrence so only if severe short of breath. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Thomas
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
30 years in practice
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Is massive pleural effusion in one lung high risk for mastectomy for breast cancer?

Dr. Donald Thomas
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
30 years in practice
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Is massive pleural effusion in one lung high risk for mastectomy for breast cancer?

Yes: A large pleural effusion in the setting of malignancy is worrisome for metastatic spread. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed w Stage IV lung cancer w malignant pleural effusion. She started spitting up yellow bile. Is it spreading?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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My mother, 77, was recently diagnosed w Stage IV lung cancer w malignant pleural effusion. She started spitting up yellow bile. Is it spreading?

This cancer: has poor prognosis. I think she might be coughing sputum, not bile, and she might have a pneumonia. Take her to her doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion. Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
Board Certified, General Surgery
16 years in practice
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Why do lungs fill with fluid in end stage colon cancer?

Edema : The end stages of many cancers involve fluid in the lungs which can make breathing difficult. There are many reasons; sometimes the cancer has spread to the lungs but not always. Malnutrition and the general body wasting of cancer also plays a role. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Velt
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
37 years in practice
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My dad was due biop 2day 4 sus lung cancer too much fluid left on his lungs they say, after 5 dys i feel they are wastin time, wot shoud they be doin?

Dr. Paul Velt
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
37 years in practice
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Drain the fluid: It is always hard to sit and wait. If the fluid is in response to a lesion, then the easiest thing to consider is a diagnostic tap. That may help. ...Read more

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