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Infection Lung 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
18 year old, female, non-smoker, with persistent cough and chest infection for 4 weeks, and getting worse. Could I have lung cancer?
Male 22. dry cough with feeling of something stuck in upper chest feeling like a chest infection. Non smoker. So scared it's lung cancer :( ?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do if my mom is 58 and was recently diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. How long does she have?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer. ?
I had lung cancer and only have right lung. On a recheck 5 yrs later there’s an opaque fissure in my right lung what does that mean?
Typo: I bet it is an error and "oblique fissure" is meant. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Yesterday I smoked 3 cigarette, was the first time I tried smoking, I'll never pretend to try it again, can I get lung cancer just for trying 3?
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
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
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