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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

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


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How does lung cancer people feel i mean i want to know how and what kinda body pains they go through?

How does lung cancer people feel i mean i want to know how and what kinda body pains they go through?

Nothing early: Early stage lung cancer causes no symptoms. As the tumor grows, it can cause coughing or hemoptysis(coughing up blood). It can also cause shortness of breath if a portion of the airway is blocked off. Pneumonia can cause pain by irritating the lining over and around the lung. More advanced lung cancer can spread to other organs such as bone, brain, etc. Causing symptoms there. Don't smoke! ...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 uncle is in his fourth round of chemo for his lung cancer, and getting skinnier, can he use the bodybuilders product to regain his body mass?

My uncle is in his fourth round of chemo for his lung cancer, and getting skinnier, can he use the bodybuilders product to regain his body mass?

Yes: Nutritional supplements are reasonable, but remember that forcing patients to eat is associated more often with diminished survival than improved survival. Best advice: give him his favorite foods as much as he can tolerate them. Consider appetite stimulants (menace or marinol). They also don't make you live longer, but when they work they can improve quality of life. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read more

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Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer,both passed away.what are my chances?can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer,both passed away.what are my chances?can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Scan not neede: Unless Mums breast Ca was genetically induced thru BRACA any development of breast Ca would be environmental and the issue resolved with mammography. Lung cancer, especially is related to smoking is not passed down in a familiar manner. Basic medical exam yearly should suffice to define need for specific scans. ...Read more

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My dad had 4 weeks of radiation for non-small cell lung cancer 3 weeks ago and since has been experiencing continual body shakes -no fever- controlled by advil. Drs don't know the cause..Any ideas?

Complex answer: It is not likely some sort of "radiatio sickness." he may have a paraneoplastic syndrome as noted. He may have disease elsewhere (brain) and be having minor seizures. He may be having a reaction to a drug. What he needs is to be seen by another md, perhaps a set of labs and screens for paraneoplastic workup (experienced person) and perhaps and mr of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more