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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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Mate says he has a few lumps on his chest, what are some symptoms of cancer if he has lumps there?

Mate says he has a few lumps on his chest, what are some symptoms of cancer if he has lumps there?

Why cancer: Lumps on chest can be many things most of which are benign. If been there a while and unchanged probably nothing. If new have someone look at them. ...Read more

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I have 2 lumps, both sides of my upper chest 2 in. Below the collar bones. No symptoms of cancer, tender to touch. Doc said it was ligament strain.?

I have 2 lumps, both sides of my upper chest 2 in. Below the collar bones. No symptoms of cancer, tender to touch. Doc said it was ligament strain.?

Unusual: It is unusual that ligament strain would result in lumps. The other information that I would want to know is if you are male vs female. In females, I would make sure of a recent breast examination, as cysts can occur. The other other possibility are lipomas, which are soft deposits of fat within the skin tissues. Lipomas are very common and usually are not cancerous. ...Read more

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Today I just found a lump under my left breast on the rib cage. It is very painful and I have another on left back rib which radiates to the front. Are these symptoms of cancer?

Today I just found a lump under my left breast on the rib cage. It is very painful and I have another on left back rib which radiates to the front. Are these symptoms of cancer?

Need to see your doc: Only a doctor's examination can clarify what it is. Any lump, if it is new and it is real, means something is wrong. It can be an infection (skin) or it could be something else. ...Read more

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I have pain and tenderness in the left breast and pain in my left shoulder blade area. Can these be symptoms of cancer?

I have pain and tenderness in the left breast and pain in my left shoulder blade area. Can these be symptoms of cancer?

More than likely NO!: Actually the pain could be a problem in your shoulder that maybe radiating into both places. Feel around your upper chest and back to find a super tender area. Apply constant pressure and if the pain get worse or goes away that is a trigger points which is a "sore" in the muscle. Heat, stretch and massage. Now...Get your mammogram and be seem by your primary doc. I like acupuncture! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

Problems swallowing!: Some typical symptoms are difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), "food getting stuck", abnormal weighloss, chest pain/burning, heartburn and indigestion, fatigue and others. Your symptoms are certainly abnormal and need an appropriate work up immediately. Contact your doctor to evaluate for other causes as well like heart, lung, blood, lymph system diseases. ...Read more

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I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

Reflux NOT Cancer.: If chest pain is worse with movement, with Deep Breathing, with Pressure on the Chest = can be inflammation called CostoChondritis; Rx with Local Heat and Ice application or Anti Inflammatory medicine Ointment.
If Heart burn after eating or sour taste associated with Annoying Chest pain could be from Reflux. Try OTC Pepcid (famotidine) or Omeprazole for 2 to 4 weeks.
See your MD if not better with above Rx ...Read more

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Can a oesophageal ulcer turn in to cancer without treatment IV been having a lot of middle chest pain what are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

Can a oesophageal ulcer turn in to cancer without treatment IV been having a lot of middle chest pain what are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

Possible: Any chronic ulcer has the propensity to turn into cancer. Symptoms of esophageal cancer from none to severe dysphasia- difficulty swallowing, odynophagia- pain on swallowing. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a common symptom of lung cancer if cancer is causing pain how big would a tumor have to be and what is the likelihood of showing on xray?

Is chest pain a common symptom of lung cancer if cancer is causing pain how big would a tumor have to be and what is the likelihood of showing on xray?

Here is my guidance: Chest pain can be caused from many causes, lung cancer is not the first thing that should come to your mind. If the pain has been present for more than one week and your concern is cancer, a Chest X-ray will show it easily. But you should go see a doctor first in case your pain is persistent for >1 week.. ...Read more

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Left side chest pain. No shortness of breath or breathing problems. No cough or other symptoms. Burps came too much. Smoker bt quit it. Is dis lung cancer?

Left side chest pain. No shortness of breath or breathing problems. No cough or other symptoms. Burps came too much. Smoker bt quit it. Is dis lung cancer?

Unlikely, due to your: Age. Does any movement make it worse? This would suggest a musculoskeletal origin. Pleuritic chest pain is worse with deep breaths and caused by lung irritation/pneumonia.There are many structures in the chest that can cause pain. A careful history, physical exam, and x-Rays may b required to discover the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I seem to be collecting more and more symptoms. Chest pain, stomach ache, exhaustion. Fear of oesophageal cancer as voice husky and gurgling throat?

I seem to be collecting more and more symptoms. Chest pain, stomach ache, exhaustion. Fear of oesophageal cancer as voice husky and gurgling throat?

Aging: Some of the issue are related to increasing age. For change in voice you need to consult an ENT specialist. You should also consult a general practitioner for a baseline evaluation and recommendation for exercise. ...Read more

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Should I take my mother to the emergency room for her chest pain symptoms?

Better: Always better to take her to er when you cannot talk to her doctor. Chest pain not to be ignored. ...Read more

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Is a feeling of uneasiness, tachycardia, and chest pain, symptoms of anxiety, or panic?

Is a feeling of uneasiness, tachycardia, and chest pain, symptoms of anxiety, or panic?

Anxiety: Yes, but it could be physical also. Please visit your doctor to make sure all is well physically. Then see a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety / panic. It is a very treatable situation. You can learn skills to manage this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi, my chest pain symptoms are: needle prick like stabs, heaviness in chest, hard to breathe, hurts to breathe or move. Tests are normal. Any ideas?

Hi, my chest pain symptoms are: needle prick like stabs, heaviness in chest, hard to breathe, hurts to breathe or move. Tests are normal. Any ideas?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP for re-evaluation or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Can oesophageal cancer cause chest pain and palpitations?

Varies: Chest pain: yes- referred from the esophagus. Palpitations can occur from other reasons. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina (although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain (this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

NO: The size may influence pain; however, the pleura sac around the lungs has multiple nerve endings. Size is not necessarily the issue. ...Read more

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Could cancer cause severe left upper back/shoulder and chest pain. When cardiac and GI has been ruled out? Family history of cancer.

Could cancer cause severe left upper back/shoulder and chest pain. When cardiac and GI has been ruled out? Family history of cancer.

See a doctor: While cancer is a potential cause of pain, it is certainly not the only reason. If you have unexplained pain you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25?

I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25?

Unlikely: Lung cancer takes quite a while to develop. Your lungs are just clearing out the leftover garbage left down in there from smoking. This is pretty common. Congratulations on quitting smoking - probably the BEST thing you could ever do for your health! ...Read more

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I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when I breathe. I have painin the back, like a circle. Is it lung cancer?

I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when I breathe. I have painin the back, like a circle. Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: The pains that you feel need to be evaluated for what is causing them. Lung cancer is usually initially without much pain except for irritation of airway maybe but are found most of the time accidentally when looking for other things or as part of screening. Look at your risks for it and be screened and look for causes of the pain. If they happen to correlate then you find out. ...Read more

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I have off on chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg. In last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing. Lung cancer?? ex smoker

I have off on chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg. In last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing. Lung cancer?? ex smoker

Chest X-Ray.: People your age (38) do get lung cancer, although it is unusual. But your symptoms are concerning for other things, including pneumonia or infection. With sudden weight loss, cough, and upper back pain, you need to see a doctor for an examination. Soon. Your doctor will probably order a chest X-ray. Don't let fear of cancer keep you from going in! Let us know what your doctor says. Feel better! ...Read more

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Esophagus cancer stage 2. How to cure it completely sir? Please help me sir. Blood vomit once in a week and consistently persist chest pain.

Cancer esophagus----: I am sure the doctor in charge of his treatment has a plan of treatment which you should find out and share with us. This seems to be an early cancer which may be curable provided the best treatments are used. ...which include surgery or radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. Tell us what the doctor has advised you to do and when is his treatment getting started??? ...Read more

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Can renal cancer cause headaches and chest pain with pain in the arm? Seen lots of doctors not really getting any answers. The headaches are bad!

Can renal cancer cause headaches and chest pain with pain in the arm? Seen lots of doctors not really getting any answers. The headaches are bad!

Needs evaluation: You have to make sure there are no brain metastasis, so have brain ct scan done. If patient is on chemo, that may be the cause of headaches too. ...Read more

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19 years old. Smoking for 7 mnths. 3-4 cigarettes daily. Got nausea, swallowing difficulty, slight chest pain, fullness. Left side sensations. Cancer?

More like reflux: It usually takes decades for your smoking to give you cancer. However, every time you light up you put chemicals into your body that prevent your stomach entrance from closing all the way. When the food mixes some of it squirts back up your swallow tube and acid burns it. Quit, or take an antacid, or both. You'll feel better. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 22 years old. I smoked for 1year and quit it. My serum IgE is 307. for3 days I'm feeling out of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Is it cancer?

Hello. I'm 22 years old. I smoked for 1year and quit it. My serum IgE is 307. for3 days I'm feeling out of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Is it cancer?

It is unlikely that: You have cancer but you will need to be examined and have additional lab testing to determine the nature of your illness. See a health care provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more