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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?

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

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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What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

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

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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?

Perhaps: This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. ...Read more

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25yrsold, 9yrsmokinghistory, coughed up tar and an isolated spot of blood, small amount, clearcxr, no othersymptoms, lung cancer?? Lungs xound clear also

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

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25, 9 pack history, clearcxr, coughed small spot of blood, lung cancer?? Clear throat Alot

Not yet: It takes about 20+ years of smoking before Cancer shows up in your throat or in the lungs. This is high time to quit before lightening strokes and you may not have another opportunity to quit smoking in order to regain good healath. ...Read more

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Clear cxr, 25yrs old, 9packhistory, quit2mnthsago, coughed up small amount of blood, doc says lungs sound clear, clear throat alot, lung cancer??

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

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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.

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.

Weight: Weight loss, spitting up blood, lack of appetite and energy along with abnormal cxr or ct chest (spot of chesr x ray or ct chest) are all suggestive of cancer. Sometimes coughing too hard/bronchitis can lead to blood in sputum as well besides lung cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to find lung cancer in a blood test?

Is it possible to find lung cancer in a blood test?

Generally not: Chest x-ray
ct scan
sputum cell histology
there are some general cancer markers. ...Read more

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Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Does it have to be a certain stage of lung cancer you have in order to cough of blood?

Not really: Bleeding or hemoptysis occurs when a tumor erodes the lining of one of the airways or bronchi causing bleeding. This can happen in any stage of lung cancer. ...Read more

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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

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

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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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Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Help docs, is having just one symptom of coughing blood a sign of lung cancer?

Can be: But is also seen with many other problems related to lungs and heart, sometimes as "simple" as a bronchitis. It should be evaluated, though. It can be something serious, especially if the patient is a smoker. Do you smoke? Hope not....
Best to you. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

Coughing up blood. Longtime smoker. Lung cancer or something else?

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

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Is it common for lung cancer patients to be spitting up blood?

Is it common for lung cancer patients to be spitting up blood?

Not rare: Depends on location, size, type of cancer. Lung cancer may not have symptoms, but can have cough that doesn't go away, shortness of breath, pain in chest, or symptoms related to spread of disease. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer be diagnosed with scans and blood work alone or is a biopsy necessary?

Can lung cancer be diagnosed with scans and blood work alone or is a biopsy necessary?

Get a biopsy: Several conditions of the lung may have overlapping features presenting as a discrete lesion on imaging. If biopsy is possible, it is the best way to confirm or rule out a cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Lung cancer and blood in your urine?

Lung cancer and blood in your urine?

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

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Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?

Not likely: Lung cancer does not develop with an invisibility cloak. If your cough symptoms do not resolve, ask for a ct scan of the chest. If that is negative, worry about something other than lung cancer. ...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. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more