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Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Is it possible for a person to be born with lung cancer?

Highly unusual...: ...But not unheard of. There are a select few reports of fetuses who developed exceedingly rare lung tumors during gestation. Practically speaking, the overwhelming majority of lung cancers occur in adults and have genetic, environmental, and other causes, many of which only present themselves much later in life.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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If my grandfather died from lung cancer does it mean I will have lung cancer? He was never a smoker, I am asthmatic and I was born premature.

If my grandfather died from lung cancer does it mean I will have lung cancer? He was never a smoker, I am asthmatic and I was born premature.

No: There are several forms of lung cancer. That which is associated with smoking is squamous cancer arising in the tracheobronchial tree. The more common form now is adenocarcinoma of the lung and that is probably viral in origin and not associated with smoking.

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Can you tell me how is it possible for a person who has never smoked and has been around little to no smoke get lung cancer?

Can you tell me how is it possible for a person who has never smoked and has been around little to no smoke get lung cancer?

Yes: Where smoking is definitely linked to lung cancer there are several different types of lung cancer. Most are dire tly smoking related yet unfortunately some form despite the fact the person never smoked.

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How long is it supposed to it take a person to die from lung cancer?

Variable: There are different cell types and growth rates (called doubling times)! the small cell, undifferentiated as an example is very fast and most folks die within a year (? Or 2). Some of the squamous cancers are slower and may be quite large and asymptomatic even when large. Very variable depending on type, size, location, stage and response to treatments.

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Every person I know who developed lung cancer didn't get it until soon after they quit. This makes me nervous to quit?

Every person I know who developed lung cancer didn't get it until soon after they quit. This makes me nervous to quit?

That makes no sense: quitting smoking does not cause cancer. If anything, your friends didn't quit soon enough. And we see this all the time. People continue to smoke until the health effects are severe and there is no turning back. You are young, if you quit NOW the damage can be minimized and it will be like you never smoked at all.

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Which organizations can help a person suffering fron lung cancer?

Which organizations can help a person suffering fron lung cancer?

Multiple: There are several and each has links to potential support groups/services: cancer net: http://goo. Gl/rb9cz nccn: http://goo. Gl/hkdtm american cancer society: http://goo. Gl/citi7 american lung association: http://goo. Gl/ekkqb.

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For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

For what length of time can a person live with stage 4 lung cancer?

Limited: What type? Small cell briefly nsclc depends on location and metastasis! metastatic to lung from other organs may respond to removal responses to chemo&/ radiation are also variable stage 4 is not removable, so limited survival is the usual.

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From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

From your experience How long could a person live with lung cancer that has spread into the airways? Also has lymphnode cancer.

It varies: Lung cancer does not spread to the airways, it begins there. The range of likely life span -- or the possibility of a cure -- depends on the specific type of lung cancer. There are at least a dozen common subtypes and genetic variants. Get the facts, and then be strong and discerning.

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Do CT scans show if a person has lung cancer?

Do CT scans show if a person has lung cancer?

Yes: If CT revealed mass in lung for defenite diagnosis need biopsy, or if possible resection of tumor.

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How long could a person live with out treatment for lung cancer?

How long could a person live with out treatment for lung cancer?

That Depends: There are a lot of factors that determine survival without treatment for lung cancer: the cell type, how big the cancer is, whether it has spread anywhere, and the location of the cancer. If, for instance, the cancer is in the brain, not treating it would probably cause a lot of suffering. That said, for some people, no treatment of lung cancer is an option. But, you must know that it is fatal.

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Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Help please? How long will a person have lung pain after lung cancer surgery?

Not at all: Pain is due to incisions, not the lung, which really has no feeling. In some patients, some degree of incisional pain can persist for months.

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Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Possible: Depending on genetic predisposition, it is possible for a person to get lung cancer from breathing polluted air. The risk is even higher if the pollution has radioactivity, such as radon gas. About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers.

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Can a person with Small cell lung Cancer take calcium channel blockers?

Can a person with Small cell lung Cancer take calcium channel blockers?

Yes: If you have Eaton Lambert as a complication, it might be well to use caution

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If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

Usually not: Most lung cancers start in the interior tissue of the lung where there are no pain nerves. If the tumor, or its metastases, involve the outer lining of the lung (where there are pain nerves), one can then feel pain on breathing. Other medical problems (like pleurisy) can also cause pain on breathing

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Do air purifiers (or air cleaners) reduce a person's chance of lung cancer? Would having high quality air purifiers at home and in my office at work reduce my chance of getting cancer? I live in an area with bad air pollution. I don't know if these devic

Do air purifiers (or air cleaners) reduce a person's chance of lung cancer? Would having high quality air purifiers at home and in my office at work reduce my chance of getting cancer? I live in an area with bad air pollution. I don't know if these devic

Unknown, can't hurt: The best way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to avoid tobacco smoke, either smoking yourself or second hand smoke. In areas with high pollution, hepa filters may sounds reasonable but unless you live in a bubble you'll still be exposed to inhaled pollutants. There is no evidence that filters prevent lung cancer, but may help other issues like allergies, asthma, and general qol!

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If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

If a person has lung cancer and lymph nodes, can it be cured by radiation and chemo?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a very bad actor. When metastasis to local, intra lung nodes is present, there are occasional surgical cures. If beyond to regional nodes, some surgical, and adjuvant therapy cures occur. Unusual to have cure with only chemo radiation in my experience.

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If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

Variable: Lung cancer comes in many forms -- by that I mean virulence, histologic type and varied involvement. An individual can be asymptomatic for a very long time with long cancer, because we have 2 lungs and quite a lot of redundancy. A lot of the lung would have to be compromised to start feeling short of breath; and the power of denial is also pretty strong.

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Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting.

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Can a person with lung cancer have a normal PFT?? My mom went to the dr & everything seemed fine but she still coughs a lot. Smokes 1 pack in 3 days

Can a person with lung cancer have a normal PFT?? My mom went to the dr & everything seemed fine but she still coughs a lot. Smokes 1 pack in 3 days

Yes: PFT isn't a screening test for lung cancer, cough is a common symptom of bronchitis caused by tobacco smoking. If lung cancer is suspected, imaging studies as routine chest x-ray or probably high resolution C T scan of chest would be the way to go, but after doctor's evaluation, best wishes

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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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