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M/21. Non smoker. Suffer from anxiety. Been feeling short of breath lately. Have some low back pain off and on. Is this lung cancer? Very scared.

M/21. Non smoker. Suffer from anxiety.  Been feeling short of breath lately. Have some low back pain off and on. Is this lung cancer? Very scared.

Anxiety: At this time, you do not appear to describe symptoms of lung cancer. Keep up the good work of not smoking and visit your primary physician to address your specific situation. ...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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I've been having breathing problems. Now I'm dizzy, have lower back pain. Pressure on neck. Is this metasized lung cancer?

I've been having breathing problems. Now I'm dizzy, have lower back pain. Pressure on neck. Is this metasized lung cancer?

Not cancer: What you describe does not at all suggest lung cancer. If you often jump to such dire conclusions, it would be beneficial to address your anxiety by seeing a psychologist. ...Read more

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My mom is complaining of lower back pain. She has had cancer in lung and brain both removed. Should I worry?

My mom is complaining of lower back pain. She has had cancer in lung and brain both removed. Should I worry?

Yes: 80% of people experience back pain and the usual response from urgent care or a primary md is appropriately to watch and wait, use heat/cold, pain meds, back strenghening program, pt, etc. However, in cancer patients with new pain we think cancer. This needs to be "ruled out" as normal back problems. In these cases we often due xr or MRI imaging much sooner than in "normal" people. ...Read more

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Is lower back pain and ovary pain serious? Dr oz said could be cancer.

Ovary pain?: The TV entertainer you mention is as credible as professional wrestling. A majority of people have low back pain and it almost never is the first sign of cancer. Pelvic pain is worrisome and the screen for ovarian cancer is your annual pelvic exam. If this is normal, stop worrying, and stop watching phony medical television shows for your own comfort. ...Read more

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Red bump in middle of spine.. Doesnt hurt and is not itchy. Also been having lower back pain. Is it cancer?

Red bump in middle of spine.. Doesnt hurt and is not itchy. Also been having lower back pain. Is it cancer?

Less likely: Your presentation is unlikely to be cancer. This is to answer your question. As to what it can be - not sure without further history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Lower back pain with nausea No other symptoms I'm very scared of cancer and I can't see my doctor before 2 weeks ?

Lower back pain with nausea 
No other symptoms
I'm very scared of cancer and I can't see my doctor before 2 weeks ?

Take it easy: What you described is not a cause for concern for cancer. Wish you good health and a happy new year! 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

Be seen: There aren't enough details here, but if you are on chemotherapy that suppresses your immune system and not on a growth factor, you might be susceptible to febrile neuropenia and infection. Please be seen promptly by your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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Is lower back pain a symptom of testicular cancer?

Is lower back pain a symptom of testicular cancer?

Possibly: Low back pain might be caused by testicular cancer in abdominal or pelvic lymph nodes, pelvic or lower abdomen back muscles, low lumbar vertebrae or if it were pushing on the nerves exiting the spine in the low back. The best was to evaluate this would be imaging of the low back, abdomen and pelvis with either ct scan or MRI scan or both. ...Read more

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Are lower back pain and testicular cancer related?

Are lower back pain and testicular cancer related?

Usually not: Testcular cancer may spread to the lymph nodes of the back but this is seldom painful. It seldom metastasizes to the bone. Your question is important and should be moot -- if there's a testicular mass it needs to be investigated, if a person has been treated for testicular cancer, low back pain isn't the normal way a recurrence presents. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could lower back pain be a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Could lower back pain be a symptom of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Most people do not have symptoms until advanced stages but if symptoms occur, they may include bloating, pain, early satiety (feeling full after a few bites) or change in urinary symptoms. So, yes back pain is a possible symptom. ...Read more

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Could my constipation, lower back pain be symptoms of bladder cancer ?

Not usually: Bowel symptoms and back pain would be unusual bladder cancer related symptoms. Blood in urine and/or painful voiding would be much more common. ...Read more

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I have been having lower back pain, and pain in my right side.. along with narrow stools quite frequently. Could these be related? Colon Cancer?

I have been having lower back pain, and pain in my right side.. along with narrow stools quite frequently. Could these be related? Colon Cancer?

Um: Colon cancer could be but not the first thing to consider. You could have urinary issues, stones, infection, irritable bowel. I would see your doctor for a full history and physical. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat lower back pain from sciatica due to a tumor in the lumbar area? On tarceva (erlotinib) for the cancer but how to stop the pain?

What is the best way to treat lower back pain from sciatica due to a tumor in the lumbar area?  On tarceva (erlotinib) for the cancer but how to stop the pain?

Get doctor advice: If your pain is due to metastatic cancer to the lumbar spine, radiation therapy should probably be administered. A combination of pain medications is often effective, and should include a narcotic analgesic and a non-steriodal anti-infllammatory agent. If the pain is radiating down your buttock and leg, addition of a medication for neuropathic pain could also be added. Please see your oncologist. ...Read more

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Does lower back pain means bone cancer?

Does lower back pain means bone cancer?

No: Back pain can be from many causes. It can be muscular (due to muscular spasm, etc), neuropathic (nerve problem) or herniated disc, degenerative (arthritis), post-traumatic (fracture), or could be from cancer but there is no reason to jump to cancer. Thorough history and physical should be very helpful for initial evaluation. Imaging may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer cause lower back pain?

Does colon cancer cause lower back pain?

Thanks for asking!: I agree plus many causes of low backache and colon cancer can do it too. ...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


Dr. Tanya Russo
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more