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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 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
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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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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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Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
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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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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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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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How could lung cancer be treated?

How could lung cancer be treated?

Depends...: ...On the kind of cancer and the stage. Small cell cancer is typically treated with chemotherapy plus/minus radiation. Non small cell may be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemo, be it separately or in combination. If this is about you or a relative, the treating oncologist should go over the treatment plan that applies to the specific situation. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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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How could lung cancer be prevented?

How could lung cancer be prevented?

No smoking: Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. If you are a non-smoker, keep it up. If you are a smoker, it is never too late to quit. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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