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My girlfriend has a large cancerous mass sitting in her chest and its putting pressure on her heart and lungs. any idea what type cancer this is?

My girlfriend has a large cancerous mass sitting in her chest and its putting pressure on her heart and lungs.  any idea what type cancer this is?

You need to ask her: If this is your girlfriend and she's seriously sick, she's been informed of the nature of her cancer and if a diagnosis has not yet been made, it will be in a day or so, probably by needle biopsy. This is the era of patient privacy and you'll need to ask her what the diagnosis is. ...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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What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

What is the prognosis of lung cancer? My father has a 3.5 inch mass on passage way of lung by aorta of heart but cancer hasn't spread yet.

Extremely serious: Even in your brief description, you mention 2 worrisome features: size and proximity to the aorta. It's beyond the scope of this forum to speculate on his prognosis, but i think you're aware that your father is in trouble. Talk with his oncologist. There are several types of lung cancer and some are more sensitive to chemotherapy or radiation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Do smokers get death by heart attacks more often than by lung cancer?

Yes: Heart disease is still the leading cause of death, and smoking is a large risk factor for it. So if you are in the US and smoke you are more likely to die from CAD than lung cancer. ...Read more

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Would lung cancer be detected on an X-ray when looking at the heart:?

Would lung cancer be detected  on an X-ray when looking at the heart:?

Possibly.: A chest xray can detect lung cancer if the tumor is large enough and visible. A chest ct is a better test at 'looking' inside the lung tissue and detecting lung cancers. ...Read more

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Is it possible that heart/liver/lung etc cancer be solved w/ a transplant?

It's possible: It is possible that one of the vital organs you mention would need to be removed due to a cancer. If the cancer is localized to the organ, and not spread to other parts of the body, then a transplant may be feasible. A good example is hepatocellular carcinoma of the liver, often accompanied by chronic hepatitis. ...Read more

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Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

Somewhat: Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may occur in up to 10-15% of patients after lung surgery. To prevent a-fib, you doctor may give you magnesium and potassium after surgery to replace your electrolytes. Also, if you were on a beta-blocker medication prior to surgery, those will be restarted. If not, your doctor may temporarily place you on a beta or calcium channel blocker. ...Read more

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I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen.Will this be safe for me to take?

I have lung cancer. I also take cancer pills   tarceva (erlotinib). Iam also on heart medisen.Will this be safe for me to take?

Erlotinib: Is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, dominantly with skin effects, and minor diarrhea. As an egfr active small molecule, i don't know of any interactions with "heart meds" which sure is a broad category. Always best to check with both specialists: oncologist and cardiologist. ...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