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Is Dying Of Lung Cancer Painful
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
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
Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read more
pain under my left rib every now and then and it's painful and this morning I moved to get out of bed and sharp pain on left side is it lung cancer?
I have lung cancer but, my right leg is so so painful harder to move walk sleep pain meds are not helping?
Seek Palliative care: A good pain specialist can control your pain. So you must seek medical advice from a palliative care specialist. Alternatively ask for help from a Pain specialist (they are available in every hospital whereas Pall. Care expertise is not always available in smaller hospitals. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe)?
Assess options: If symptomatic, consider radiation to the areas of disease causing the symptoms. Chemotherapy can be considered, if agents available. Surgery can be done for palliation but typically is not used. A lot depends on how well your father is doing now with these treatments, as well as the extent of the cancer in the body. I am sorry to hear that your father has to deal with this cancer. ...Read more
I have swelling in the upper inside right cheek. It's not painful, unless I press on it. I have small cell lung cancer, was in remission for 6 mo.?
My dying father was diagnosed with lung cancer in october 2010 and has 2 large masses in his left lung (upper lobe). Anything that can be done for him?
More info: Prognosis is totally dependent on staging and cell type of cancer, your fathers underlying health and pulmonary reserves and treatments he has had already. May want to inquire from oncologist about new drugs Nivolumab and Afatinib that are showing some promise in extending life with lung cancer. ...Read more
Is it possible to have lymphoma & lung cancer at the same time? Are diseases related? Would severe, painful swelling of foot, ankle, & leg be a symptom?
Pain in upper back with painful spots to touch b/w shoulder blades and spine, 1.5 months, chest CT normal. Am a smoker, can this be lung cancer
I doubt: With the normal chest ct, I do not think that it is lung cancer. Obviously, I strongly recommend you to quit smoking to decrease your risk from getting lung cancer in the future. Painful areas on your upper back could be caused by muskulo skeletal problems- such as arthritis, inflammation on the joint, soft tissue, disk, muscle problems etc. D/w your md further. Blood work, x-ray can be helpful. ...Read more
16yr old girl I was told I had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?
Not likely: If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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