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How do cancerous cells spread from the lungs to the other parts of the body?

How do cancerous cells spread from the lungs to the other parts of the body?

Ways to spread: Hematologic and lymphatic spread- i.e. Through the blood and lymphatic organ. Also, can spread directly- with direct invasion to the adjacent organ. ...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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Have 2 low grade cancerous tumors already in two separate parts of the body lungs/kidney would the next tumor found and being biopseed be low as well?

The grade: Is not as crucial as the cell type. It says you are using o2. Both lung and urothelial cancers are smoking related. Should you develop a third cancer, having 2 low grade cancers conveys no information about a third. Have you sought genetic testing? ...Read more

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How can lung cancer affect other parts of your body?

How can  lung cancer affect other parts of your body?

Varies: Metastatic spread can cause all kinds of pain, lumps, fractures etc. There are some signs of bone pain without spread called pulmonary osteoarthropathy and clubbing may be a sign. There are some tumors with endocrine effects. ...Read more

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Can non small cell cancer of the lung spread?

Can non small cell cancer of the lung spread?

Yes: Unfortunately non small cell lung cancer can spread; frequent sites of spread include the space between the lung and chest wall (pleural space), liver and adrenal glands. When the disease spreads to distant organs/locations this is called metastasis. ...Read more

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Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Does small cell lung cancer go anywhere in the body or just the brain?

Can go anywhere: Sclc is particularly notorious for spreading quickly and widely. The brain is one common place for sclc to spread, but it can spread almost anywhere in the body. The liver, bone, adrenal glands, and brain are the most common sites. ...Read more

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My husband has small cell lung cancer which has spread. Is the chemo and radiation effective in arresting this type of cancer?

Temporary relief: I am sorry to hear about your husband's illness. The treatment you described may provide some relief but is not expected to cure the cancer. Please see this site for more information on this topic.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001180/. ...Read more

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What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

What is a persons life expectancy with small cell lung cancer undergoing chemo and radiation? The cancer is confined has not spread anywhere else

>25 %: In a large randomized study testing radiotherapy and chemotherapy for non-metastatic small cell lung cancer, ~ 25% of patients were alive after 5 years. Since then, advances in imaging, treatment techniques, and supportive care may have increased this rate slightly. ...Read more

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I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

I have testicular cancer, which now is just germ cell tumor contained to my lungs. How damaging is smoking to the germ cell tumor? The tumor is 2.5cm then there are 15 tiny ones spread throughout.

Hmmmm...: Smoking is unlikely to damage the tumor cells and is probably not going to help you recover from testicular cancer. Furthermore, it will worsen your lung function. This is especially important because one of the drugs used in your chemotherapy also affect the lungs. ...Read more

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How many chemotherapy circles are possible in small cell lung cancer stage 4? Is it curable if it is spread in bones too or if it is life prolongable?

How many chemotherapy circles are possible in small cell lung cancer stage 4? Is it curable if it is spread in bones too or if it is life prolongable?

4-6 cycles 1st line: Usually 4-6 cycles of plantin/vp16 as 1st line. Small cell lung cancer (stage iv) is not curable with current treatment regimen, but current therapy can prolong the survival even for stage IV small cell lung cancer. ...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