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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 have 2 small PEs, one in each lung. Could this be caused from an undiagnosed cancer? What are the chances? Healthy 27 y/o male. If so what cancers?

I have 2 small PEs, one in each lung. Could this be caused from an undiagnosed cancer? What are the chances? Healthy 27 y/o male. If so what cancers?

Genetics: You must have full blood tests done to rule out genetic reasons for PE along with work up for hidden malignancy. Other risk factors are hormonal therapy and long travel / sedentary state and obesity. Ask for hematologist consult. Any cancer is a hypercoagulable state. ...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?

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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Hi. One of my family member has lung cancer third stage b. Can this be curable?

Hi. One of my family member has lung cancer third stage b. Can this be curable?

Yes: It's important to know what type: non-small cell or small cell. Based on the staging you mentioned, it seems likely non-small cell lung cancer (nsclc). Stage iiib nsclc is best managed with chemotherapy and radiation. Prognosis is based on performance status, weight loss, age, as well as stage. 5 year survival approx 25% with concurrent chemotherapy and radiation. Hope that helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 16 have smoked weed once cigars twice and one cigarette will I get lung cancer from this?

I am 16 have smoked weed once cigars twice and one cigarette will I get lung cancer from this?

No: If you do not use tobacco again, your risk of getting cancer will not increase above the baseline risk. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My grandfather died of lung cancer because of smoking, and smoked around us a lot. What is the probability of geting one of us cancer?

Higher: People who were exposed constantly to second hand smoking will have higher incidence of lung cancer than those who never got exposed.To smoking. ...Read more

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Where is there a cancer center that I can go in Indiana for a second opinion if my biopsy Wednesday confirms lung cancer? One that's up on new proc?

Where is there a cancer center that I can go in Indiana  for a second opinion if my biopsy Wednesday confirms lung cancer? One that's up on new proc?

University of Indian: The University of Indiana Medical center has a very good Cancer center, located in Indianapolis. You should go to the department of Medical Oncology and see an expert Lung cancer doctor(Larry Einhorn, MD is well known) or one of his colleagues who is a Medical Oncologist or Thoracic oncologist. ...Read more

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If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

If one had lung cancer symptoms. Would it show on an X-ray and bloods. ?

It might--or not: Advanced lung cancer would show on x-ray. Earlier cancers are better seen with ct scans. If you have been a heavy smoker for 15 or more years, your risk is certainly much higher of a cancer than a non-smoker. Non-smoking related cancers occur, but usually in much older individuals. ...Read more

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When one has lung cancer, how often does hemoptysis occur?

When one has lung cancer, how often does hemoptysis occur?

Not frequently: Centrally located lung tumors can cause hemoptysis more frequently than peripherally based tumors. Overall its not that common. ...Read more

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If one has breast cancer , can it go into lungs and spread there?

If one has breast cancer , can it go into lungs and spread there?

Yes: Breast cancer can spread to virtually any site in the body, including the lungs. Most common is spread to lymph nodes in the armpit which are commonly removed with the primary tumor. Next most common is spread to bones(25%), lung (20%), brain and liver (15% each). Cure becomes less likely with spread to other organs but is not impossible and patients can live for many years with spread. ...Read more

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How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

How long can one live with small cell lung cancer with no treatment at all?

12 months or less: Small cell lung cancer is an aggressive disease. It is highly sensitive to chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy but it tends to recur. If the disease is limited, cure can be achieved with proper treatment. If the disease is extensive, cure is not feasable but treament can improve or delay symptoms and can help patients live longer. Without treatment, survival is 6 to 12 months. ...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