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Can lung infection cause cancer?

Can lung infection cause cancer?

Probably not: There is no evidence of a direct link between lung infection and cancer. Chronic inflammation (eg. Emphysema and, to a lesser degree, chronic bronchitis) confers a risk of lung cancer. There is a weak link between a history of pneumonia and a 15-20% higher risk of lung cancer, but compare that to 40 years of smoking, which increases the chance of cancer by 2500%. Its all relative. ...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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Can radiation therapy for lung cancer also treat a pneumocystis infection?

Can radiation therapy for lung cancer also treat a pneumocystis infection?

No: Pneumocystis is an infectious organism. It can only be treated with specific antibiotics. On the other hand, radiation can weaken the immune system and cause pneumocystis pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?

Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?

Asthma, COPD: And bronchitis have predictable signs and symptoms, lung cancer may have none or all of these, and already spread. We no know that if you smoke, and are over 50, a screening ct with low dose spiral ct detcts cancer and lowers all cause mortality. Best prevention is to never smoke, or stop if you do, at any age. ...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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If I have stage II lung cancer, what are my chances of survival?

If I have stage II lung cancer, what are my chances of survival?

Good: For stage ii lung cancer the standard of care for the physically fit patient is surgery. If there is tumor in the lymph nodes then chemotherapy after surgery. The patient should be evaluated by a abts certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can i get lung cancer due to HPV ?

Can i get lung cancer due to HPV ?

No risk: Certain types of HPV cause cervical, anal, genital skin, and occasional throat cancers. HPV DNA can be found in a few lung cancers, but probably isn't a cause. If HPV contributes to lung cancer, it is very rare. This is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can I use abuterol with lung cancer?

Can I use abuterol with lung cancer?

Yes: If you are experiencing bronchi constriction as in asthma then yes use the albuterol 2 puffs every 4-6 hours . However if you have lung cancer and short of breath beyond your normal amount I would see your MD to make sure its not a lung issue ...Read more

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Can I get Lung cancer from having HPV ?

Can I get Lung cancer from having HPV ?

Probably not: HPV causes several cancers (cervix, anus, genital skin, throat) but rarely others. It is not a cause of lung cancer. ...Read more

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I would like advise for lung cancer treatment?

I would like advise for lung cancer treatment?

What is the status?: Any advice would best come from YOUR cancer doctor, who knows all of the the very important genetic, cellular, and organ details of your cancer. Treatment for cancer these days is very complex, and lots of information goes into recommendations. Without knowing the specifics of your cancer, it's impossible to give you advice. Write down your questions, be specific, and talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do about my father having lung cancer?

What can I do about my father having lung cancer?

With love: But get good advice and care! if small, local then surgery can cure. If large, bad cell type then combination care can continue some quality time. Family and friends are important! ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 22 and fear I have lung cancer?

What to do if I'm 22 and fear I have lung cancer?

Don't: Fear never solved anything. Lung cancer at your age would be very rare but if you have any persistent respiratory symptom, please see a doctor. Most importantly, avoid any and all tobacco products as well as any inhaled combustible. ...Read more

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Can a pulmonologist tell me if I have lung cancer?

Probably so: Lung cancer is extremely rare in your age group, but for any patient the diagnosis of lung cancer requires a biopsy of some type. Pulmonologists can perform many types of biopsies that are helpful in diagnosing lung cancer. More importantly, anyone who is coughing up blood should see a pulmonary physician. ...Read more

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I smoked on Accutane am i at higher risk of lung cancer?

I smoked on Accutane am i at higher risk of lung cancer?

If you smoke: You have risk. Cis-retinoic acid i believe is accutane, and it was tested as an adjuvant post operatively in patients resected with the disease. The recurrence rate was higher in the cis-retinoic acid group, mechanism not proposed. Smart people don't smoke, quit if they did, and hope for the best. ...Read more

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What can I do to control my pain after lung cancer surgery?

What can I do to control my pain after lung cancer surgery?

Be active: The most important thing you can do is to be as active as you can! use the little breathing exercise tool (voldyne) they gave as often as you can, take your pain medicine as prescribed and be active. You should feel much better after a couple weeks and fully recovered after 4-6 weeks. If you are still having pain beyond that, you need to see your doctor to determine if there is something wrong! ...Read more

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What should I know about nsclc (non small cell lung cancer)?

What should I know about nsclc (non small cell lung cancer)?

Smoking: It is frequently caused by smoking. There is too much to discuss in 400 words! try this: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

See your doctor: Symptomatic treatment of lung cancer is centered on pain and symptom control. If you have chest pressure from cancer, initial treatment is medical, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. Surgery usually has little to do with this. ...Read more

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Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Could back pain be lung cancer if I don't have any other symptoms?

Possible, but.......: Back pain could be from a cancer (lung or other), but there are many more common, non-cancerous causes to back pain. Best to see your doctor to have your back pain checked out. ...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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My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

Unlikely: At age 19, non-smoker, no other risk factors, extremely unlikely. It would be best to be evaluated by your primary care physician. A comprehensive medical history, family history, social history and thorough physical exam may get you an answer or at least will get you in correct direction. Be well. ...Read more

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My mum died of lung cancer. And now i smoke. Is it high that i could get it?

My mum died of lung cancer.    And now i smoke.  Is it high that i could get it?

You Know the Answer: The number one cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. Having witnessed what your mother went through, you should be very motivated to quit smoking. Trust me, "tomorrow" is never the right day to quit; do it today. Nicotine is very addictive, though. If you need help, turn to your doctor--we have many ways we can help, provided that you are motivated. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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What would be the lung cancer survival rate and from where can I get the details?

What would be the lung cancer survival rate and from where can I get the details?

Depends...: It depends on how early or late the lung cancer is at the time of diagnosis. Learn more at: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/lungcancer/index good luck. ...Read more

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How can I request a test for lung cancer - and should I if I don't want it treated?

How can I request a test for lung cancer - and should I if I don't want it treated?

If you do not want: Treatment, why waste money getting tested. Have you considered whether you want burial or cremation? Need to make one of those choices. If you have greater than 35 pack years and are over 55, you are eligible for ct-screen. If you still smoke, lung cancer is not your only worry. ...Read more

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How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

All of the above: You are aging as we all ate! but the disease and treatments are debilitating and accompanied by anemia, weakness, tissue damage and more. Keep up the good effort and attitude of youth! ...Read more

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How can lung cancer affect my sex life? Cant light up after, I know, but what else can't I do?

How can lung cancer affect my sex life? Cant light up after, I know, but what else can't I do?

Is the lung cancer: Gone or did you just fnd out? Do you want to know your prognosis or have you and your care team avoided it? If your libido is intact and you and your partner is interested, absolutely no hazard to sex. If under treatment, you may need to ask your medical oncologist about blood counts and platelets. If xrt, no problems, if post op, ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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I am 16 have smoked weed once cigars twice and one cigarette will I get lung cancer from this?

I am 16 have smoked weed once cigars twice and one cigarette will I get lung cancer from this?

No: If you do not use tobacco again, your risk of getting cancer will not increase above the baseline risk. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I ran past someone smoking and inhaled a lot of smoke does this put me at greater risk of lung cancer?

I ran past someone smoking and inhaled a lot of smoke does this put me at greater risk of lung cancer?

No: A single exposure to second hand smoke will not alter your risk for lung or any other cancer. Keep up the exercise. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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If I had 1/3 of a lung removed for lung cancer, what are the chances of me surviving without radiation?

If I had 1/3 of a lung removed for lung cancer, what are the chances of me surviving without radiation?

Pretty good: If positive lymph nodes are found during surgery, usually chemotherapy is recommended. Radiation after surgery is not as common and certainly quite unusual without combining it with chemotherapy. So, chances are you will not need radiation after surgery, but you may need chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Have shoulder aches for a few months . Could it be lung cancer? Shoulder isn't painful. I'm a non smoker

Have shoulder aches for a few months . Could it be lung cancer? Shoulder isn't painful. I'm a non smoker

Unlikely but: Given that you are a non-smoker it is unlikely that your pain is due to lung cancer. However, we definitely see lung cancer in never smokers. I advice that you see your primary care physician for a physical exam. Most likely it will be something else but it is better just to be seen by pcp. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is 58 and was recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. How long does she have?

What can I do if my mom is 58 and was recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. How long does she have?

3b Ca Lung: Multiple factors determine how long a person lives. It depends on the nature of cancer and also what makes it 3b. Roughly 5 year survival of 3b is 10%. She can live up to 5 years, with a 10% chance of living beyond 5 years. ...Read more

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Every now and then I find I get breathless doing everyday things. Its not everyday. Could it be lung cancer?

Every now and then I find I get breathless doing everyday things. Its not everyday. Could it be lung cancer?

It's a "human": thing to "think of the worse" case scenario for what may be a simple explanation! You could be anemic, At age 37 you may be "perimenopausal" Actually cancer would present with a lot more symptoms before it grew large enough to cause breathlessness..(for example COUGH..etc Talk with your GP (Plan Doctor) about your symptoms and the anxiety you have about it! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Hello. I have smoked 4/5 cigarettes a day for 2 years. Am i at any big risk for lung cancer or any other smoking decises?

Hello. I have smoked 4/5 cigarettes a day for 2 years. Am i at any big risk for lung cancer or any other smoking decises?

Slight risk: Depending on your genetics, you are probably at slightly higher risk than a non-smoker your age for heart and blood vessel disease. However your young age keeps you from much risk of lung disease...But you should try to quit asap. The sooner you quit, the lower your risk as you age. Good luck, and talk to your doc about quitting strategies. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer. ?

Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer. ?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...Read more

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I'm 17 have been smoking for a year and in the last half a year almost two packs a day do I have bigger chances of getting lung cancer?

I'm  17 have been smoking for a year and in the last half a year almost two packs a day do I have bigger chances of getting lung cancer?

Quit Now: Quit NOW, before it's too late. Now the increased risk you have done to your body is largely theoretical (although some might argue some permanent harm has already been done). Keep it up for a few more years and we will be able to tell you more precisely how much you are risking your life. Don't start killing yourself until you are at least out of your teens. When UR older, you'll know better. ...Read more

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Should i worry about lung cancer with radon? I've heard it can be in your house without knowing? We've rented ours for 10 years should I worry?

Radon : Radon is a bigger lung cancer risk if you smoke, so if you do, fix that first. Next, if you don't use your basement, don't worry. If you use your basement as a living space, check your radon level with both a short term and long term test kit from the local hardware store. If levels are high, its fixable, and not that expensive. ...Read more

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I work as a plumber and have been around asbestos insulation. Should I have to worry about lung cancer or do you need a lot more exposure to it?

I work as a plumber and have been around asbestos insulation. Should I have to worry about lung cancer or do you need a lot more exposure to it?

Mgt: I would recommend a pulmonary evaluation. This may include imaging and pulmonary testing.
A virtual appointment may be arranged online. ...Read more

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Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...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. Michael Kleerekoper
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more