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Large Lung Tumor Pressing On Trachea And Esophagus
Harder to breathe and swallow? I can't tell if my chest is tightened or not, it almost feels like my trachea and esophagus are narrow..
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
What does it mean when a cancerious lung tumor is pressing on the asocicoficous? Sorry about spelling.
Possibly...: The most common etiologies of a chronic cough are bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. If you have smoked, there is a risk of malignancy. So, if you have a cough for 3 weeks or more, you should see your doctor and find out the etiology of the cough so treatment can be rendered. If you currently smoke, your doctor can help with smoking cessation as well. ...Read more
Kindness: If this is treatable, or she is having only palliative care, simple kindness and willingness to help her out with chores is the best thing you can do. It's not catching; touch her. If it is smoking-related, don't remind her -- once a child becomes addicted, it is very difficult to stop. Usually this is fatal; you have a limited time to thank her for all her goodness. God bless you both. ...Read more
Yes: It may do this either by metastases to the brain or occasionally by inducing antibodies against brain itself. I hope that you get the answers to the situation that prompted this question -- lung tumors are extremely serious. ...Read more
The only: Lung cancer I expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan. Treatment may be palliative. If symptoms, ask what else can be done. ...Read more
Binoculars: To see the moon versus hubble telescope to see the moon. The devil is in the detail. ...Read more
Usually not: One of the problems with lung tumors is that in the early growth, they cause no symptoms and so can get quite large in some cases before detection. The most common early symptoms are chronic coughing, frequent infections and coughing up blood. ...Read more
Could a 1mm lung tumor cause any paraneoplastic syndrome? From my little knowledge these are related to small cell tumors? Thanks for any information
That's really tiny: Paraneoplastic syndromes from occult lung cancer are not subtle. You're paralyzed, or very weak and can barely get out of bed, or you are suddenly blind, or are very and inexplicably hyponatremic, or you are stir-crazy. I'd dismiss paraneoplastic cushingism unless your face is strikingly red and puffy. 1 mm "spots" are extremely common in healthy folks; if considering surgery, be wary. ...Read more
Chest x-ray/MRI/PET: There could be blood in the sputum, that is always a cause for concern and gets people motivated. However, pain is usually not a symptom, until later in the process. Seeing your pcp and asking for a chest x-ray is a great place to start! The pcp will help guide you from there. If you suspect something let him/her know, so they can rule that question out, or substantiate your suspicion. ...Read more
Yes, of course!: All tumors can be treated. First we need to find out the nature of the tumor...the real diagnosis.?? Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, then we can offer you a plan of treatment. What exactly have your doctors advised you to do next??? ...Read more
Depends: Staging has more to do with whether it has spread or not - not the size. Typically the larger the tumor, the more likely it is to spread. ...Read more
Depends on size & #.: Lung cancer is the most common visceral cancer in the world today. Because of this, the presence of a mass lesion in the lungs is concerning. Importantly, not all lung tumors are malignant, and that is good news. The most common type of benign tumor is called a pulmonary hamartoma. These benign tumors account for about 10% of small solitary lung lesions identified by imaging studies. ...Read more
Only certain types: Some noncancerous lung tumors are benign and will always remain benign. Other noncancerous tumors, such as bronchoalveolar carcinomas (now called carcinoma in-situ) can become cancerous tumors. ...Read more
The only: Lung cancer I expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan, and the next steps in work up of response, and plans for further treatment. ...Read more
If having chest pain would a lung tumor more than likely show on a X-ray all my blood work is good hemoglobin was17.8 X-ray clear anything to worry?
Decreased osmolarity: Increased osmolality in the blood will stimulate the secretion of antidiuretic hormone (adh), increasing water reabsorption, causing more concentrated urine, and less concentrated blood plasma. So, if you have ADH (vasopressin) secretion, you will have the opposite effect over time -- remember it is in constant change and balance. ...Read more
Either: I usually do them without so I don't expose the patient to the contrast, which can injure kidneys. However, if the tumor is close to the mediastinum, I usually do order it with contrast because it's often difficult to tell the various structures apart without it. It also helps to identify lymph nodes. ...Read more
V plasma & ^ Urine: Vasopressin/adh increases the amount of water reabsorbed by the kidneys and decreases the amount of water excreted into the urine. With more water in the bloodstream, the concentration of everything else decreases (so osmolality goes down), while the concentration of everything in the urine goes up (as dose the urine osmolality). ...Read more
CT scan: CT chest should not miss a lung tumor. There is no radiation involved in CT scan as as with x-rays.. .. CT scan (also known as CAT scan) is similar to an MRI in the detail and quality of image it produces, yet the CT scan is actually a sophisticated, powerful x-ray that takes 360-degree pictures of internal organs, the spine, and vertebrae. ...Read more
My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals. Prognosis?
Hard to say: Lung cancer often spreads to the adrenal glands, but adrenal tumors are often benign. The best predictor of how well your friend will do is how quickly the tumor is growing. If he truly had nothing there in march and now, despite chemotherapy, has large adrenal tumors growing that is not a good sign. If, however, your frined has had adrenal tumors all along, then the prognosis is much better. ...Read more
Can growths that are like tonsil stones come from deeper down into the throat, from other glands, the trachea, the esophagus, and even the lungs?
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more