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How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

Usually a Xray: Of the chest shows an abnormal shadow. It may be found routinely or on an xray for symptoms of cough or chest pain. The diagnosis is made with a tissue biopsy to confirm it is cancer. This can be a needle biopsy usually guided by ct scan or a surgical biopsy. Other tests like pet scan can help with staging the cancer. ...Read more

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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How do I know if i could possibly have lung cancer?

How do I know if i could possibly have lung cancer?

Depends: Best is a ct scan. However, if you don't have symptoms, there are guidelines about who should have a screening ct. ...Read more

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How can I doctors know I have lung cancer?

How can I doctors know I have lung cancer?

Not always: Persistent cough and cold like symptoms. Weight loss and lifesytle habits may put you at risk and screening CT scans are now advocated for long time smoking history. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have testicular cancer?

How do I know if I have testicular cancer?

Check yourself first: If you are a male between 15- 40 you should always check yourself at least once a month for new hard lumps in your scrotum and attached to your testes. If you feel something unusual go see your doctor to check for sure. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have testicular cancer?

How do I know if I have testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer: The only way to know for sure is to see you doc ASAP. Please do so. This type of cancer often shows up in young adult males in their late 20s-early 30s. Your doc will examine you and let you know. There are many other much more likely possibilities for symptoms you may be having. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have bladder cancer?

How do I know if I have bladder cancer?

MD: If you notice blood in the urine or have any other suspicious urinary symptoms, you may need to see an urologist who will likely do a cystoscopy for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have ovarian cancer?

How do I know if I have ovarian cancer?

Not easy: There are no specific symptoms of ovarian cancer, especially early ovarian cancer. The symptoms are usually vague fullness, gas, pelvic discomfort or pain, urinary symptoms etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more

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How to know if I have cancer?

How to know if I have cancer?

There are many types: of cancer with a wide variety of potential symptoms. You can re-ask question and clarify symptoms or of course - discuss any disconcerting signs or symptoms with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have breast cancer?

How do I know if I have breast cancer?

See a doctor: Needs physical examination and likely mammogram with possible breast ultrasound depending on the woman's age and physical exam findings. ...Read more

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How to know if you have lung cancer?

How to know if you have lung cancer?

CT scan and biopsy: you would need to get imaging study like CT scan of the chest and biopsy if there is mass on the lung to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

How to know if I have pancreatic cancer?

See a doctor: The first thing to do in the work up of a possible pancreatic caricnoma is to visit with a doctor and have him/her take a history and perform a physical examination. If there is concern for cancer, the physician can perform laboratory testing and imaging studies to investigate the biochemical functioning of the pancreas and its anatomy. If those are concerning, then a biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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How to know if I have colon cancer?

How to know if I have colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy + biopsy as indicated. If you do have risk factors, you should have your first screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have lung disease?

How would I know if I have lung disease?

Lung da: Tell doc your symptoms, then do exam, probably chest ray, and sometimes pulmonary function test. You may need to see pulmonologist. See pcp first. ...Read more

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How do i know if i have throat cancer?

How do i know if i have throat cancer?

Symptoms: Some symptoms are persistent throat pain, difficulty or painful swallowing, neck lump, shortness of breath. See ENT doc ASAP for evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cancer?

How do I know if I have cancer?

Cancer: Different cancers manifest differently. You would have to know why you're concerned. However, you can talk with your doctor about personal cancer screening (such as pap smear, self breast exam, etc), and general common signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know if I might have skin cancer?|

How do I know if I might have skin cancer?|

See a dermatologist: The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist. He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Often times, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. If you have a spot that bleeds, doesn't heal, or grows rapidly, it may be signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, most are easily treatable in the office. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have lung cancer?

How could i tell if I have lung cancer?

Often limited: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms may include persistent cough, bloody cough, pain, short of breath. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. ...Read more

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How to know if I have throat cancer?

How to know if I have throat cancer?

Have it checked!: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases) , ear pain. If you have concerns, have it checked by your doctor to see if you need to see a specialist (ENT doctor). ...Read more

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Arm cancer how do you know you have it?

Arm cancer how do you know you have it?

A mass: Usually it is painless. Report any mass to your physician; he/she will know what to do. Let me share a tale -- a new pathologist self-diagnosed a sarcoma and had his arm amputated. Afterwards, sharing his specimen, the other pathologists recognized a rare, benign mimic of cancer. Moral: a wise physician does not self-diagnose! best wishes. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have esephogual cancer?

How do I know if I have esephogual cancer?

Weight loss, pain: Esophageal cancer can manifest with weight loss, pain, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Some patients can first present with jaundice if there is cancer in the liver. At age 30, the chances of having an esophageal cancer are small, but patients with concerns of cancer should see their physician right away. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells ...Read more