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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Overview)

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 non-small cell lung cancer.


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How does lung cancer affect the nervous system?

How does lung cancer affect the nervous system?

Lung ca: The major way is through metastasis to the brain or the spine. This way minor or major neurological issues may arise. This would make the disease a stage 4 ...Read more

Dr. David Cooke
862 Doctors shared insights

Lung Cancer (Overview)

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 non-small cell lung cancer.


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Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Is back pain a symptom of lung cancer? I have had MRI which showed cervical steonisis and arthritis in my neck and middle back?

Can be: Lung tumor invading into the spine or metastases into the vertebral bones can cause back pain. From the information provided you seem to have other explanation of back pain. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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What are symptoms for lung cancer?

What are symptoms for lung cancer?

Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer. ...Read more

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I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

I have coughs that just won't go away. Is it an early sign of lung cancer? I have never smoked and I am 21 years old

Probably not: Lung cancer in non smokers your age is extremely rare. If the cough persists you should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and/or a pulmonary physician. There are many causes of persistent cough the vast majority of them are benign. If you cough up any blood you should certainly be evaluated by a pulmonary physician. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images that show the nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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Which steps are necessary to diagnose lung cancer?

Which steps are necessary to diagnose lung cancer?

First thing: The first step is to find a suspicious nodule or tumor in the lungs, which requires a scan (either xray or ct scan). This can be done for other reasons and find it by accident, done in screening, or done for cough or symptoms. Once a lesion is seen, it needs to be biopsied to confirm it is cancer. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
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See a dermatologist for checkups
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If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

15%: 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. If you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer decreases each year after stopping. ...Read more

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How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?

CT screening: If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo. Gl/oqvsp. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Malignant! Does anyone knows a good lung cancer site?

Malignant! Does anyone knows a good lung cancer site?

Yes: Check nccn or the american cancer society web sites, they are both full of information, and the information comes from good legitimate sources. ...Read more

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Can accentuated BV marking in both lung fields mean lung cancer?

Can accentuated BV marking in both lung fields mean lung cancer?

No, not likely: Lung Cancer should be suspect only if there is a svisible mass (growth) seen on X-rays. Increased BV markings usually means either congestion in the lungs or often they do not mean much, unless patient is short of breath or has known lung or heart disease. ...Read more

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How to treat lung cancer?

How to treat lung cancer?

Depends: Surgery if the best option if it can be removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are also commonly used. Best option is to be evaluated by an oncologist and thoracic surgeon/ pulmonologist to direct best treatment strategy. ...Read more

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I've had a gastric sleeve in less than a year and and at the same being treated for lung cancer and started putting the weight back on what do I do?

I've had a gastric sleeve in less than a year and and at the same being treated for lung cancer and started putting the weight back on what do I do?

Don't worry: Your lung cancer treatment is top priority. Try not to worry about your weight. You need good nutrition and enough calories to get through treatment. And some of your medications may be causing your weight gain. Love yourself during this hard time, and know that we oncologists prefer patients to be hefty rather than gaunt during treatment! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me abute treatment lung cancer?

Can you tell me abute treatment lung cancer?

Depends: Lung cancer treatment is based on the stage at presentation. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or supportive care only. The more advanced the stage, the more limited the treatments. ...Read more

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Please describe the treatments for lung cancer?

Please describe the treatments for lung cancer?

Depends: It depends on the exact stage and various patient factors, but commonly surgery or chemotherapy or radiation therapy or various combination of these three. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best way to cure lung cancer?

Please help! What is the best way to cure lung cancer?

Surgery: All things considered, surgery gives the best results for cure. This is dependent on stage at the time of presentation, with earlier stage cancers more likely to be amenable to complete removal and potential cure. This may be in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation, either before or after surgery. ...Read more

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Chemo drugs for lung cancer?

Chemo drugs for lung cancer?

Yes: Depending on the stage, how advanced the disease is and what type of lung cancer it is, chemotherapy can play a major role in treatment of lung cancer. ...Read more

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My husband has just been told his lung cancer has come back. Is there a pick me up tablets that I can take to keep my strength up so I can help him.

My husband has just been told his lung cancer has come back. Is there a pick me up tablets that I can take to keep my strength up so I can help him.

Need more: Sorry, no home medication brace yourself, love & support from you and your family is real home remedy, work with your oncologist if needed seek professional help (psychiatrist is needed to cope up in these difficult times). ...Read more

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If someone with emphysema or copd, and then gets lung cancer, how low is the survival rate?

If someone with emphysema or copd, and then gets lung cancer, how low is the survival rate?

Low...: Lung cancer has a low survival rate regardless of whether or not COPD is also present. By the time a person has symptoms, the cancer is already advanced so the best cure rate is when it is found before there are any symptoms. Because of this, the best approach is to stop smoking or never start since the prognosis is terrible once symptoms are present! ...Read more

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Is there a known genetic basis for lung cancer?

Is there a known genetic basis for lung cancer?

Genetic risk...: ...For lung cancer is a hot topic of research and there is a large national consortium studying families with multiple relatives having lung cancer to identigy genes that transmit risk. No one gene has been, or is likely to be, found, but multiple candidate "culprit" genes are under investigation. One barrier is finding families willing to participate. Look this up on cancer. Gov. ...Read more

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What increases risk for lung cancer.?

What increases risk for lung cancer.?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does lung cancer prevent you from doing?

Can doctors tell me what does lung cancer prevent you from doing?

Depends: That really depends on the stage of lung cancer. If it is early stage and it is treated, it can potentially be cured, and you can do lots of things...Live a normal life (with close and regular follow up).

If it is more advanced, however, it may limit what you can do. But, again, it all depends on many factors. You need to be seen and regularly followed by your doctor. ...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


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