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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...: 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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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 types of lung cancer. Most are dire tly smoking related yet unfortunately some form despite the fact the person never smoked. ...Read more

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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long could a person live without treatment for lung cancer?

How long could a person live without 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

When a person has lung cancer, are the symptoms before death vomiting blood?

No: Although coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can occur at any time with lung cancer it is usually not the leading symptom. Most people lose significant amounts of weight and may pass away from infection, sometimes they become increasingly short of breath or they may just fall asleep and not wake up. The way they pass is not important it is how they pass. It should be relatively pain and anxiety free. ...Read more

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What's the youngest a person or child could develop lung cancer from second hand smoking?

What's the youngest a person or child could develop lung cancer from second hand smoking?

Hard to say.: Lung cancer usually, if not always develops in people over 40 with the peak incidence between 55 and 65 years. Cases under 40 are rare regardless of course. However, the international agency for research on cancer, the U.S. Surgeon general, and many other agencies have classified secondhand smoke as a carcinogen, and many U.S. Studies showed ad increased relative risk for cancer in those exposed. ...Read more

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Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Metastasis noted in bone in pelvic region. Now person is noted as stage 4 lung cancer given about 3 months to live. How accurate is this prognosis?

Possibly: Metastasis to bone from any tumor/malignancy is stage4= distant metastasis= spread beyond margins.
Prognosis is guarded, depending on originating type.
Some metastases respond to removal or control of primary thyroid and renal come to mind. ...Read more

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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non-specific signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

What signs / symptoms will indicate when a person is close to death, so we know. My mother has a stage 4 lung cancer that metastasized to the bones.

Palliative care: I am sorry to learn of your mothers illness. Lung cancer remains one of the highest cancer deaths. Palliative care doctors can help your mothers end with comfort. Talk to your mother as to what she wants and her doctors will help you to honor her wishes. They can help you assess the signs and symptoms of end of life and what to look for. ...Read more

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Syntoms of lung cancer?

Syntoms of lung cancer?

Many: Early on, no symptoms. Later, cough, weight loss, poor appetite, loss of energy, chest pain, coughing blood, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath ... Etc. ...Read more

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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

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

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Symptoms of lung cancer?

Symptoms of lung cancer?

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

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes: It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.). ...Read more

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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more