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Is It Unusual For A Lung Cancer Patient To Have Surgery With No Radiation
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
Appetite/Lung Ca: Particularly squamous lung cancer is an appetite thief. Many show up with major weight loss, a sign that points to worse outcome. It is not the treatment, but radiotherapy and chemotherapy can briefly cause diffiuclt swallowing. Successful treatment sometimes brings appetite back. Megace can stimulate appetite for some, but not all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Positive margin: If a patient had early stage cancer that surgery would be the definitive treatment, but after pathology comes back showing a positive margin then radiation would be used without chemotherapy. However more adverse findings such as nodes would mean chemotherapy is necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is best treatment option for lung cancer...Surgery, targeted drugs or cehmo/radiation and why?
Personalized therapy: Will require more than 400 words to explain. Tx for lung ca is personalized, -individualized . To formulate plan - will need to know the type of lung cancer, the stage , the mollecular profiles /biology of the cancer cells, other prognostic factors , and other factors including age, overall medical condition, preferences etc. No one glove fits all. Please discuss with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?
Does last mean...: 1. Time to do; or 2. Durability? All 3 have been used, but the thoughtful people leading lung cancer treatment have not proven its value. If you have stage iiia at presentation (+ n2 node), surgery offers nothing if the n2 node persists or disease grows. If n2 goes, sme suggest lobectomy is better, but most agree that pneumonectomy confirs survival hazard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Life expectancy for lung cancer gone to brain. Pet scan shows no other cancer now, only 1 tumor on brain. Surgery and whole brsin radiation will be?
"oligometastatic": Patients with a single brain tumor as the only site of metastatic disease are called "oligometastatic." the chance of cure, though small, is real. Every cancer specialist has a few such patients. I would strongly recommend aggressive treatment, including either radiosurgery (cyberknife, gammaknife, etc.) to the brain or surgical resection, and again stereotactic or chemoradiation to the lung. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?
Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more
Is it safe for organ transplant patients to be around lung cancer chemotherapy patients who are also periodically receiving radiation?
Yes, with caution: Both patient's described are immune compromised. Extra care needs to be taken around the immune compromised patient. Washing has periodically, wearing a mask, if there is anybody sneezing, or in a big public place is a good start. Consult, your physician to have periodic blood draw to check if patients are immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more
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