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Low Blood Platelets With Small Cell Lung Cancer
My dad, stage 4 small cell lung cancer. Gets out of breath, takes naps, losing weight, and today, coughed up blood 2 times. Is this end of life signs?
Lung Cancer: It sounds like he is not doing well. However, regarding when he will die - his physician or his medical team would be best to determine if he is close to death. Take care. ...Read more
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
Varies: If you are getting active chemotherapy- your hemoglobin and white blood cells would be affected by the therapy and may go down low-requiring either treatment, transfusion or a short break from treatment. If your cancer has spread to the bone marrow- your blood counts may be affected. Otherwise, yiur hemoglobin/wbc would vary- from normal, low or high depending on your other medical problems. ...Read more
I need to take 3 injections of nupogen to boost up my white blood cell count.......I have lung cancer...I finished my radiation and today?
Talk: Talk to your oncologist about your response to therapy and what other options are available. ...Read more
I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?
25yrsold, 9yrsmokinghistory, coughed up tar and an isolated spot of blood, small amount, clearcxr, no othersymptoms, lung cancer?? Lungs xound clear also
Unlikely: One of the best decisions you can ever make is to stop smoking now. There are innumerable negative health effects associated with smoking. With that being said, your presentation is more consistent with bronchitis, a small amount of blood is no cause for worry. Lung cancer in a young person is highly unlikely, follow up with your doctor for persistent blood or worsening symptoms. ...Read more
Clear cxr, 25yrs old, 9packhistory, quit2mnthsago, coughed up small amount of blood, doc says lungs sound clear, clear throat alot, lung cancer??
Blood: At 25yo it would be unlikely to have lung cancer, but none-the-less, truly coughing up blood is something that needs to be evaluated further. A simple Chest-Xray would be recommended to assure all is well. Congrats on the Smoking cessation! Keep it up-Do not go back to smoking and get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more
What are tell tell signs of lung cancer? I have coughed up blood, I have been having upper/middle back pain, and when I went to the doctor they said I had low vitamin d I just wanted a second opinion on what these symptoms might be.
29/f had clear chest xray 2 mnths ago. Stopped smoking. I have been clearing my throat constantly, and noticed a small speck of blood 2x. Lung cancer?
Not likely: If chest film is clear, then the throat signs are purely coincidental. Feel better. ...Read more
Maybe: Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease. This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms. ...Read more
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
If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer
Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more
I took a early cdt lung blood tests and the P53 autoantibody was the only one slightly elevated what does that mean? Have I got lung cancer?
Nobody knows: These are experimental and nobody knows what various levels mean. These markers are infamous for false positives and I would not get this test on a fishing expedition even if it were free. Without a lung lesion visible on imaging, this information is useless. If you feel well and are not losing weight of coughing up blood, be thankful and forget about it. ...Read more
Could be: You should go to see your doctor as soon as possible. Coughing up blood is abnormal. It could be caused by different abnormalities either from the lung or upper airway or could be something else. Lung cancer could be a possibility -especially with your long time history of cigarette smoker. See your doctor now and have further evaluation- ie. Ct chest etc. Please consider to stop smoking. ...Read more
Lung cancer: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?
Yes and no: When Cancer starts to spread, it begins as clusters of cells that form tiny colonies in other body parts. These will grow in size over a few months to become visible on X-rays and various diagnostic imaging tests such as CT scan and or PET scan. Blood tests do not show cancer cells, so we rely on the above imaging tests and repeat them periodically (every 2-3 months) to monitor for the tumor growt ...Read more
Had paid and dry cough in rt lung for 2.5 months. Had xrays & bloods done. All ok. Lft to be done in october. Could I have lung cancer. Very worried?
Not likely: If you have a normal chest x-ray, then you are not likely to have lung cancer, at least not an obvious tumor which could explain your persistent cough. Yet if you cough persists, you need an ongoing medical evaluation and treatment to control it. Sometimes it can be a symptom of asthma or acid reflux. So go see your doctor again till the cause has been found and treated. ...Read more
Slight dry cough 3 months & up right back pain. 3 clear xrays, bloods and lft. All normal. Really worried it could be lung cancer.
Probably okay: If you are a non-smoker and cxray okay. Next step is ct lung if concern persists. ...Read more
Had a cough and back pain for 12 weeks had xrays and bloods. All fine. Respitory specialist not concerned if I had lung cancer. Would it show on xray?
It may: Spiral ct is a better diagnostic tool. ...Read more
Not related likely: Most likely blood in the urine is not related to your lung cancer. Go to see your doctor to eval why you have blood in the urine- infection? Stone? Etc. Are you receiving chemo? Sometimes- medication include chemo can cause irritation on the bladder/cystitis. Discuss with your doctor re-above problem- get some work-up and go from there. An imaging like sono kidney or ct scan may be needed. ...Read more
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