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Doctor insights on: Fluid Retention In Stage Iv Lung Cancer

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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

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. 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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Could my water retention for last two years be due to an undetected small cell lung cancer. Sodium has also been low over this time but pet/ct clear.

Could my water retention for last two years be due to an undetected small cell lung cancer. Sodium has also been low over this time but pet/ct clear.

It is extremely: Unlikely that you would survive for two years with undetected and untreated SCLC. Therefore it is unlikely that water retention would be caused by undetected SCLC. Low sodium and "water retention" suggests to me that you are over hydrated. Restrict your total fluid intake to <1.2 Liter/24 hours for three weeks and see if your retention resolves and your sodium improves. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Edema: Severe edema is caused by either liver, cardiac, kidney failure or very low albumin, or lymphatic blockage from tumor or DVT so diagnosing underlying cause and treating that is imp. Diuretics like lasix, (furosemide) leg elevation and ted stockings should help. ...Read more

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I have stage IV lung cancer is it common to take chemo for 2 years?

I have stage IV lung cancer is it common to take chemo for 2 years?

Yes: Most patients with stage IV ling cancer, both small cell and non small cell, will be on chemotherapy for a long period of time. The regimens may change and be less intense with maintenance therapy. ...Read more

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What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lymph nodes are uninvolved, can be treated sequentially and followed with chemotherapy. The survival is 35-30 or so percent. If the adrenal gland metastasis shows up later, rather than at initial diagnosis, surgery and chemo can yield 45% 5 yr. Survival. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Varies: Type of lung cancer:
squamous is slow
adeno can be variable
small cell is quick

may not be found until already stageiv since they are frequently asymptomatic until late. ...Read more

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What if I were diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, how long have I had lung cancer?

What if I were diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, how long have I had lung cancer?

May be: Take trtracycline 500 mg 4 times a day for 3 weeks. Also squeeze the acne pimple to evacuate the pus. Wash your face with medicated soap and apply clindamycine 1% solution to each lesion, you will clear them quickly. ...Read more

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My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

My husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine). Will that cure him?

No, but...: It has a fair chance of slowing the tumor. Some folks live for months or perhaps even longer comfortably even with liver metastases from lung cancer, especially if the response to chemotherapy has been good. I hope the two of you will have more quality time together. It will be his and your decision, with advice from the oncologist, when to stop treatment and choose comfort measures only. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine)?

What do you suggest if my husband is terminally ill from stage IV lung cancer that has mestastised to his liver. Taking navelbine (vinorelbine)?

Quality of life: If his cancer is controlled with chemotherapy, and he is pleased with his quality of life, I would continue the treatment. The medical oncologist will know if other agents can be used if navelbine (vinorelbine) stops being effective. If quality of life is low with the chemotherapy, it is reasonable to stop treatment and pursue hospice. It is a very personal decision. ...Read more

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Father diagnosed w/ stage IV lung cancer a year ago has responded well to chemo until recently. Now his white blood count at 58, 000. What to expect?

Discuss with oncolog: We can not answer this question as we do not have enough information to advice you. I suggest you discuss this with his oncologist why his white blood count is 58000. ...Read more

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I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

I may have cystic fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer (my maternal grandfather had stage IV lung cancer), how to know?

Diagnosis....: There are diagnostic tests your doctor can order to be sure you don't have these conditions. For example, pulmonary function testing will show chronic obstruction if you have COPD and a chest CT can help rule out lung cancer and there is specific testing for cystic fibrosis. If you are smoking, you need to quit ASAP to lower the risk of COPD and lung CA. See a lung doctor for the testing you need ...Read more

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What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

Miracle: Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more

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Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Chemo not working in stage 4 lung cancer?

Talk woncologist gis: Oncologist will have options most likely.
Surgery is not helpful at this stage in general. ...Read more

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What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

What should be the ldh levels seen in stage 4 lung cancer?

It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide. But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more

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What are some good suggestions for chemo for stage 4 lung cancer?

Oncologist: Most oncology protocols are platinum based. Your oncologist can appropiately advise further. ...Read more

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Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more


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