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Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Is living with only one lung possible. Lady diagnosed with radiation fibrosis after cancer therapy. Is radiation fibrosis of lung progressive?

Sure: Some degree of radiation fibrosis is to be expected. Different people get less or more. It's usually little or no trouble. People actually have lungs removed for lung cancer, and do okay afterwards. I hope she got a good result from her cancer treatment, and that if she smokes now, she will stop. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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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I smoked one cigarette, could I have lung cancer?

I smoked one cigarette, could I have lung cancer?

No: Smoking is an accumulated problem. One cigarette is like having one drink. It doesn't make you an alcoholic. ...Read more

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Can one have serious lung disease or cancer and still do rigorous cardio?

Can one have serious lung disease or cancer and still do rigorous cardio?

Yes: Some conditions are not particularly symptomatic until advanced, so if you are concerned, you should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Living with lung cancer? Are most people terminal by the time they are diagnosed?

Living with lung cancer?  Are most people terminal by the time they are diagnosed?

Can be cured: If caught early, lung cancer can be effectively treated and patients can enjoy many additional cancer-free years. ...Read more

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What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

Not a lot: But try nasal saline twice daily to decrease nasal mucus. Humidity- humidifier in sleeping area. Narcotic cough suppressant-codeine commonly. ...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

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Is melanoma cancer in the lung one that is hard to get rid of?

Is melanoma cancer in the lung one that is hard to get rid of?

Yes it is: Melanoma starts in the skin or mucosa. If it spreads to the lung it is very serious. Some times surgery can be done to remove the melanoma from the lung. Some melanomas are susceptible to a new chemotherapy. It is best to treat melanoma while it is confined to the skin. Early treatment is curable. ...Read more

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Do I need to quit smoking before I have one lung removed because of cancer?

Do I need to quit smoking before I have one lung removed because of cancer?

Yes: Being an active smoker increases your risk of post-operative complications after lung surgery, including pneumonia and blood clots. You should be completely off of cigarettes at least 2 weeks before surgery. ...Read more

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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