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Dr. David Cooke
827 doctors shared insights

Lung Cancer (Overview)

From national cancer institute: "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. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope".


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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
827 doctors shared insights

Lung Cancer (Overview)

From national cancer institute: "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. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope".


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What causes lung cancer?

What causes lung cancer?

Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...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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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

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What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

What are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late. ...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 possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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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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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

Teams of doctors.: A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point. A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor(s). ...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 dermatologist for check ups
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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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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