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How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed?

How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed?

Treatment of cancer: Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the cancer is not curable you may wish to seek palliative and/or hospice care for the patient. ...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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I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?

Eat: Eat smaller meals throughout the day and try to drink boost or ensure "milkshakes" three times a day. There are medicines to help you as well talk to your oncologist. Http://www. Lungcanceralliance. Org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/side-effect-management/loss-of-appetite. Html ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath. ..Etc. ...Read more

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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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How is lung cancer cured?

How is lung cancer cured?

Multidisciplinary.: Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable.
Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed ...Read more

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Is lung cancer hereditary?

Is lung cancer hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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What does lung cancer look like?

What does lung cancer look like?

See pic: Self explanatory. That yellowish mass is a squamous cell carcinoma of the right lung. This is an autopsy picture. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer spread in family?

Can lung cancer spread in family?

No: Individual entity. Not infection. Not communicable.

But with smoking, exposure, second hand smoke several family members can have cancer. ...Read more

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How could lung cancer be treated?

How could lung cancer be treated?

Depends...: ...On the kind of cancer and the stage. Small cell cancer is typically treated with chemotherapy plus/minus radiation. Non small cell may be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemo, be it separately or in combination. If this is about you or a relative, the treating oncologist should go over the treatment plan that applies to the specific situation. ...Read more

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If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

15%: 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. If you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer decreases each year after stopping. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

Not likely: The vast majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking - i.e. First hand cigarette smoke. Lung cancer is rare in people who have never smoked. If car exhaust were an important contributor we'd see far more cancer in people who had never smoked. ...Read more

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I think I'm dieing of lung cancer?

Strange Question!: What makes you say this?
Do you have Cancer for sure or not sure? Tell us more details about your health issues so that we can assist you better. ...Read more

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How quickly can lung cancer spread?

How quickly can lung cancer spread?

Depends: Depends on the type of lung cancer, the location, and the person's overall immune status. ...Read more

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Would a body scan show lung cancer?

Would a body scan show lung cancer?

May be: A question of the form can A show B is almost always answered maybe, because you cannot completely exclude the possibility that it may or may not demonstrate the finding in question.

also a mass has to have at least 1, 000, 000, 000 cells before it is visible on a contemporary scan. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Stage dependent: Odds of surviving lung cancer depend upon the stage (extent/spread) of the cancer at the time of diagnosis. A small tumor that is confined to the lung and has not spread to lymph nodes (stage 1) may be completely cured. An advanced tumor that is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (such as brain/liver/adrenal glands) will be treated but will be challenging to completely cure. ...Read more

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What are some causes of lung cancer?

What are some causes of lung cancer?

Risk factors: Lung cancer is most commonly a long process of years in which the lungs are exposed to damaging substances/"carcinogens". The biggest/best known is smoking. This link may help: http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention. ...Read more

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How quickly does lung cancer spread?

How quickly does lung cancer spread?

Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

What is the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung cancer: Two things:
1: If you think you have lung cancer you should start with a clinic visit to the Emergency Facility.
2: What are the symptoms you have had?

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving lung cancer?

How likely is surviving lung cancer?

Depends on stage...: The best predictor of surviving lung cancer is the stage or extent of the disease at diagnosis. If the cancer is small and has not spread out of the lungs, then much better odds of survival. If the cancer is large and has spread to lymph nodes and other organs (like liver, adrenals, or brain), then long term survival is less likely. ...Read more

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I have a question about lung cancer?

I have a question about lung cancer?

Ok: Ok, if you have a question then please ask it rather then asking whether you can ask the question. ...Read more

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Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality. ...Read more

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What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands. ...Read more

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Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time. ...Read more

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What can we expect from lung cancer?

What can we expect from lung cancer?

From nothing: To terminal.
Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent.
Cough
hemoptysis- coughing blood
pain in apex or chest wall
shortness of breath.
Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes,
to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

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 ...Read more