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Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Having melena since past four days. I have a history of lung cancer and brain metastasis. Presently I am on tab. Gefitinib. Had chemotherapy twice. Help me?

Call your oncologist: Please call your oncologist! S/he needs to know about your melena as soon as possible. If you're feeling dizzy or faint, please go to an er where your doctor or the doctor on call can see you. ...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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Stage 4 lung cancer with bloody stool?

Stage 4 lung cancer with bloody stool?

See your doctor.: Usually for stage IV lung ca, you will get chemotherapy. This can lower resistance to infection, including in the colon which could result in rectal bleeding. Rarely, lung cancer can spread to the bowel causing bleeding. See you m doctor/medical oncologist right away! ...Read more

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Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because I'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?

Positive for blood in stool. Dr. Won't do colonoscopy because I'm not a candidate for surgery. (have stage 3b lung cancer & severe copd) any suggesti?

Possibly repeat test: Occult testing often leads to false positives. Abnormal test results may occur after eating meat, a nosebleed or gum bleed. It does not necessarily indicate internal bleeding. With stage iiib lung cancer and severe copd, I suspect your doctor believes there is really no benefit to further testing due to these very severe illnesses that will probably limit lifespan. ...Read more

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What happens during the last few weeks of small cell lung cancer?

What happens during the last few weeks of small cell lung cancer?

End of life: If small cell carcinoma is terminal, it means that all means of treatment have failed. Symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, and pain will become more pronounced. This is the time to have comfort care measures in place to make the end as bearable as possible. Pain control at this point is critical. ...Read more

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What happens in the last few stages of terminal lung cancer so I know what to expect please? She is on 24hr oxygen.

What happens in the last few stages of terminal lung cancer so I know what to expect please? She is on 24hr oxygen.

Unpredictable: Lungs may fail with shortness of breath and blue skin. Right side of heart may fail with shortness of breath and fluid overload. Bain metastasis may cause headache or coma. Infection may be sudden and cause padding in hours. Cherish each day. Discuss her wishes for the last days. I m glad you had one another. ...Read more

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Including surgery, chemo, and radiation, how long does the treatment for lung cancer usually last?

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 more

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I am a lung cancer survivor and for the last couple of days I had nausea...Can it be related to cancer? Should I go to the doctor? Thanks!

I am a lung cancer survivor and for the last couple of days I had nausea...Can it be related to cancer? Should I go to the doctor? Thanks!

Hard to know here...: Nausea may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary ; pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, ; even reaction to stress. Find ; treat the cause--see doc. ...Read more

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I'm 32 smoker. Left shoulder blade pain it aches + twitches I've had it about a week onand off but last 2 days constant. Worried lung cancer?

I'm 32 smoker. Left shoulder blade pain it aches + twitches I've had it about a week onand off but last 2 days constant. Worried lung cancer?

Tic: Lung cancer is painless. So that's not it. You are describing an nervous tic that has more to do with fear than fact. If you can consider cessation-that would be good but it will not stop your apprehension for at least 5 years. Consider Yoga, or some other calming activity. Exercise helps almost everything. Be sure it is safe for you and the go for it! ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

At 29, not likely: Firstly, you know that you are having pain in the lower right side of your chest. What you don't know is whether that pain is in your lungs. Pain from internal organs may be referred to other places - like gall bladder inflammation may be felt as pain the right shoulder. Am more concerned about your fears of cancer than any real risk. See your doctor for assessment and perhaps counseling. ...Read more

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I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

I ve smoked around 10 cigarettes a day for last 3years. I ve stopped smoking now. Am 21 years. What is my risk of lung cancer or heart diseases?

Stopping beneficial: If you continue to abstain from smoking the rest of your life you probably should not have much of increased risk.Smoking cessation at any age is beneficial. Lower lung cancer death risk for people who quit at younger ages. Indeed, cessation of smoking prior to middle age is associated with a more than 90% reduction in cancer risk attributed to tobacco. Smoking major risk factor for ht. Disease too ...Read more

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How many months left will my granma last. She has lung cancer t.t?

How many months left will my granma last. She has lung cancer t.t?

Can't tell: ...without additional information and even then it would be an educated guess. If she has advanced cancer, you probably know it is incurable so my suggestion is: rather than worrying about how long she has, make that time the best possible for her. Best to all. ...Read more

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How long does chemotherapy for stage 2 lung cancer last?

How long does chemotherapy for stage 2 lung cancer last?

Adjuvant Chemo: Stage ii is mostly n-1 +, but now includes t-size > 5cm. The facts are more for n-1+. 12 weeks (4 cycles). The supporting trials and chemotherapy are all canadian or european. A recent european trial used the chemotherapy before. I would not advise this without a long discussion with your oncologist about benefit/risk. ...Read more

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I quit smoking bfr 4dys after 10pack yr smoking history my age is 30.I feard about Lung Cancer, I found black&blood particles in sputum and chest pain?

I quit smoking bfr 4dys after 10pack yr smoking history my age is 30.I feard about Lung Cancer, I found black&blood particles in sputum and chest pain?

I can understand why: You feel apprehensive. Your chest pain & tightness combined with sputum changes (which might not be from lung) and smoking history would making seeing a physician a good idea. I would not panic or make any assumptions. Congratulations on quitting!! Please do be seen. ...Read more

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10 years exposure of toxic black mold. Suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. Lung Cancer?

10 years exposure of toxic black mold. Suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. Lung Cancer?

Not necessarily: You need to be evaluated and followed up by pulmonologists and allergists, given the few information you provided, unfortunately we cannot be of much help on this platform except guiding you which way to go, good luck ...Read more

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73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

Possible: It is certainly likely this is a recurrence. Especially if you had stage 4. If could also be an infection. You should make sure this is followed up on immediately. ...Read more

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Hi my grandma is in her last stage of her lung cancer and she is in the hospital and she has fluid in her lungs with only 35% of her heart beating she?

Hi my grandma is in her last stage of her lung cancer and she is in the hospital and she has fluid in her lungs with only 35% of her heart beating she?

Palliative Care: I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother--it's terrible to experience & difficult to watch. I'm certain that her doctors are focusing on her comfort above all-else. Ask her if she is uncomfortable; if she is, make sure that her doctors know exactly how she feels. ...Read more

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My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

My dad had lung cancer surgery last year and they got it all. He did not do treatment. Now it is in the brain. How long could he live?

D/w his oncologist: Sorry for your dad's condition. Treatment, and prognosis would depend obviously on the stage, however, the type of lung cancer, whether he would do treatment now, what treatment, and how is the response to therapy would also affect the prognosis. In general, based on studies, people with stage 4 lung cancer -on average- with treatment could live for 12-15 months. It would be much less without tx. ...Read more

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Feeling of pain in mid back, chest, also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days, weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

Feeling of pain in mid back, chest, also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days, weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

What else checked?: Did your doctor say anything about pneumonia?, copd?, asthma?, bronchitis? - winter season allergies are also possible. It might be good to see a pulmonary specialist - breathing is pretty important, right?
Best wishes! ...Read more

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pallative lung cancer ad weight loss 8 stone to now 6, in the last week cough as gne much worse n she's sleepin mre is this signs of end of life comin?

pallative lung cancer ad weight loss 8 stone to now 6, in the last week cough as gne much worse n she's sleepin mre is this signs of end of life comin?

Unpredictable: From what you described, the patient is terminal, however, it is not feasible to provide a time line of events that may happen.
You are to be commended for providing care to a person at the end of life.
May God bless you and the patient! ...Read more

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How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

Not from radiation: Most lung cancer treated with radiation does not cause nausea unless the fields are large and on the left bottom part of the lung overlaps the stomach. Chemo is systemic and more likely the cause of the nausea. Lung cancer can easily go to the brain and the presenting sign can be nausea so make sure a brain scan was negative. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could someone give me more information about the use of black salve for lung cancer.?

Please tell me, could someone give me more information about the use of black salve for lung cancer.?

Dangerous fraud: Most cancer quackery simply takes the person's money. This one will disfigure you. Please don't get involved with these people. Call my unspiritual if you want, but this one is utterly vicious. Http://www. Quackwatch. Org/01quackeryrelatedtopics/cancer/eschar. Html. ...Read more

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Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

? Scar cancer is rar: I think you should do fine. There is a small theoretical risk of what is sometimes called a scar cancer but it is extremely rare. So I would not worry about it. There are no other risks for now. ...Read more

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Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Prob not: If the cat scan was clear, and you don't have cancer. You should be in fall iphone physical therapy program. I will get an emerierr the thoracic and cervical spine. Be evaluated by an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Could my water retention for last two years be due to an undetected small cell lung cancer. Sodium has also been low over this time but pet/ct clear.

Could my water retention for last two years be due to an undetected small cell lung cancer. Sodium has also been low over this time but pet/ct clear.

It is extremely: Unlikely that you would survive for two years with undetected and untreated SCLC. Therefore it is unlikely that water retention would be caused by undetected SCLC. Low sodium and "water retention" suggests to me that you are over hydrated. Restrict your total fluid intake to <1.2 Liter/24 hours for three weeks and see if your retention resolves and your sodium improves. ...Read more

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Lumpectomy and radiation last year. Was small amt of cancer in node. Now small shadow on upper right lung CT but radiation on left side. Lung cancer?

Lumpectomy and radiation last year. Was small amt of cancer in node. Now small shadow on upper right lung CT but radiation on left side. Lung cancer?

Difficult to say: Small shadow can be many different things. In the absence of old studies this could have been there for years. Old study is crucial before jumping to conclusions. Old granulomas from old infections can present the same way. It is best to err on the side of caution and have a follow up study to see if it changes before jumping to conclusions. ...Read more

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I've been a one pack smoker for the last four years. I am 24now. I recently quit and am doing good. Are there any chances of lung cancer? What steps can I take?

I've been a one pack smoker for the last four years. I am 24now. I recently quit and am doing good. Are there any chances of lung cancer? What steps can I take?

Mild increase. Stop: The increased risk of lung cancer due to smoking is dependent both on genetics as well as lifestyle. The risk due to smoking depends both on how many packs per day but also for how many years one smokes. After quitting risk slowly decreases but not to level as if u never smoked. Some people have a genetic predisposition that requires low exposure. Some lung cancer develops in non smokers. Quit. ...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. Austina Cho
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Melena (Definition)

Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more